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supposed to be on the outside
This isn’t a post about “becoming a woman”. . . . promise
I’m sure that most everyone has heard the ubiquitous Yogi Berra quote: “Baseball is 90% physical - the other half is mental”. The mind is capable of very powerful things. (Side note, I think my mind must be busted. I’ve been trying to move stuff with it all afternoon and all I have now is a headache. Although, I can still picture people naked! So, it must not be 100% broken.) Particularly in baseball, but also in most other sports if the mind feels like it is going through a slump, the body will follow. Ask Tiger Woods, he’ll tell you that I’m right. He’s been ‘slumping ever since he bumped uglies with that Denny’s hostess.
Of course, not only is the noggin used for baseball, the same goes for running. Most of us are guilty of mind-F’ing ourselves out of a good run. We say things like “wow, that Coach Boring is a real
To be sure, I’ve probably posted about this phenomenon approximately 13 times – one time for EVERY SINGLE marathon training cycle I’ve done. Like Taco Bell from mouth to toilet, it is predictable in when it arrives as much as it is predictable with when it disappears. It isn’t burn out per say, it is more falling victim to the monotony of the toughest marathon weeks.
For me, the solutions are to make the light at the end of the tunnel as bright as possible: Remind myself of my goal race, review the course, read some race reports from the previous year – essentially do ANYTHING that tells my head “Hey dummy, you’re working so hard for a reason (look good naked), keep plugging away!” Fortunately for me, it usually works. After a few days I’m back on the straight and narrow, running fast and hard and making inappropriate comments the entire time.
How do you snap yourself out of a training cycle rut?