Maximise your running mojo - Women's Running

Maximise your running mojo

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  July 3, 2014

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Chrissie Wellington is a four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion and wrote in the September issue of Women’s Running Magazine that ‘Of all the body parts we train, none is more important than the head.’ Here, she writes an exclusive crib-sheet for maximising your running mojo. But remember, this is no ‘cheat-sheet’ but a guide that will work best as part of a consistent training plan.

Have a clear, realistic, yet ambitious goal

a)    It should be written on a piece of paper and posted somewhere visible.

b)    YOU must be passionate, excited and energised about the run related goal and the reasons behind it – rather than simply doing something because you feel you

c)    When your motivation wanes keep the goal and the rationale at the fore of your mind and know that each session is a step closer to achieving it.

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Create a strategy/practical plan

a)    Give direction, structure and help prevent procrastination

b)    Realistic and tailored to you and your life

c)    It should not only include the run sessions themselves, but all aspects of “training” – including rest and recovery.

d)    Although consistency is key, it is also important to inject different workouts/equipment into your routine every once in a while. It keeps you physically and mentally fresh and stops you getting stuck in a routine rut – one of the causes of mojo misfiring.

e)    Physical injury can make you mentally stronger. It may not seem like a step towards your goal, but believe me, I know from experience, that it is.

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Create an environment that supports this plan

a)    Find a gym, run track, trail that is convenient (and financially affordable) in the long term. The good thing is that running is free, once you have the minimal kit you need.

Set smaller tasks or stepping-stone goals

a)    Makethelarge/longer-term run goal seem less overwhelming, and ensure that you can enjoy the journey with successes along the way.

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Keep a log of your workouts

a)    Make sure you highlight any accomplishments and successes

b)    Note how they make you feel and then celebrate getting up and over these little milestones

Sometimes we need others to help motivate, guide and encourage us

a)    This could be a coach who develops your programme; a training partner; your spouse and children who can set up ‘aid stations’ during a long run (or simply push you out of the door!); a local sports club/group or even online forums

b)    Extrinsic motivation can also come from making your intentions public

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Train the brain

a)    Mental capabilities and strength to overcome mojo malaise

b)    First, you need to build your confidence so that you truly believe that you are capable of achieving your goal

c)    Recognize negative self-talk and consciously replace those thoughts with positive affirmations

d)    Have a mantra to repeat ad infinitum. Mine is ‘Never Ever Give Up’. I even write it on my race wrist-band and my water bottles.

e)    Spend time on visualization

  • Picture yourself training and racing. Imagine yourself as being strong, confident, and successful
  • Imagine how it will feel to cross the line, hear the roar of the crowds, fall into the arms of your loved one and taste of the huge post-race burger.

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