My question to another coach today – (my coach of old and still current mentor ) as I was running a 7 mile route up a hill today with my training partner. Well I wasn’t, I was dropping off the back like a boulder.
I asked his opinion on why this easy run felt so tough?
His answer was
It’s mental, it’s in your head. You keep coming back and joining us, so it’s not ability it’s that you’re just not focused. He didn’t say the focused bit, I said that. I could not quite hear exactly what he was saying as I was still hanging off the back.
I also listened to a talk the other day that said, in a test where athletes were asked to focus on the finish line and not allow anything else to enter their mind (eye on the prize) they were 17% quicker than those who looked around and had a jolly (these are not the exact words of the study they were quoting)
I haven’t entered my next big ‘A ‘race yet, I have no prize to eye up, whether that’s a podium place or a PB so I’m on a jolly!! Jolly’s are fun but don’t get PBs
Easy runs can feel tough when you haven’t got your eye on the prize. Pick a prize, a time, a race you’ve paid for, a goal. Set your eyes on the prize, focus and you’ll do well
Whats your current focus?