Many people think that in order to run faster in a race they will need to push themselves when training to run faster. But this is not necessarily the case. The more important thing to focus on here is how hard should you run and for how long?
A recent study shows that those who run or train at a lower intensity gained many endurance and aerobic benefits, meanwhile not making them exhausted and stuck with a longer lasting fatigue. Plus, since they never strained themselves, their body is well rested and then able to give the high-intensity needed at the proper time and pace.
If you are like most runners you are more than likely running too long at higher intensities and not nearly enough at milder intensities. The goal would be to do no more then 20 percent of your running at a moderate to high pace. The rest of that running should be a nice easy pace. This will really allow you to increase your distance. When you do need to increase your pace you will feel better and more capable because your body can handle it much better.
Sometimes all your hard training is just not enough to get you to the finish line or to that certain goal your reaching for. This is when a really neat mental trick can be used to get you to that next level. It’s called dissociation.
This cool trick is when you divert the attention away from how you feel and completely fill your mind with a totally different thought. You may need to do this when you’re really feeling the burn at a certain time in a race or just when training hard and you feel like you can’t go any further.
Everyone has their own way to dissociate while they are running. One way would be to maybe start singing along to a song on your iPad or just simply start singing a song. You could think about something you’re going to be doing later or maybe plan for your weekend and something fun you might do. This trick is really simple but it can certainly help get you to the finish line or help you achieve a certain pace or distance.
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