28 Mar '15, 12am

How to bust through common mental barriers that impede your training:

Stuck in a rut, caught in a slump, stalled out—whatever you want to call it, every runner eventually reaches a period in their training where their progress levels off. "There's no way around it, plateaus are inevitable and part of the training process," says Jeffrey L. Brown, assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and coauthor of The Winner's Brain . That's because it's impossible for an athletic career to climb only in a straight trajectory. Over the course of a running life, there are natural peaks and valleys—and flat lines in between. Plateaus get a bad rap, but they aren't always detrimental. When you're facing a demanding period at work or experiencing a major life change like moving or expanding your family, why not happily let your training idle in neutral? If you don't have extra time for long runs or energy for spe...

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