Mental Games

During our long run on Saturday, Eve and I talked about mental games we do during the long runs and endurance events. Eve is training for virtual Boston Marathon. Saturday, she ran 18 miles and I ran the NH 10 Miler virtual which is my last virtual race. Eve celebrates each mile she complete and every 4 miles she does a GU. This is a great way to keep track of your nutrition throughout your run. Nutrition is one key element for successful endurance event. Me, I break the total miles into sub events which includes the nutrition. An example of sub events for the marathons: 5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon, 20 miles then the finish line. I try to finish a fuel bottle and take in gel each sub event. For Half Ironman sub events: swim, transition 1, bike: 15, 30, 45 then 56 mile, transition 2, run: 5K, 10K, 15K then the finish line. The nutrition on the bike, is to make sure I eat part of a bar and drink water bottles with electrolytes at the 15, 30, and 45 miles. Mental games and nutrition work together. Don’t be overwhelmed by the total mileage or time, just be present in the current mile. Be safe, be healthy and be happy! @pamhouck

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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