HERE'S HOW TO TEACH YOUR MIND TO LET YOU RUN LONGER AND STRONGER. S ANY RUNNER WHO'S EVER FELT HIS legs turn into lead anvils at the. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Matt Fitzgerald coaches online through bestthing.info and serves as a communications consultant to sports nutrition. Based on new research in exercise physiology, author and running expert Matt Fitzgerald introduces a first-of-its-kind training strategy that he's named.
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PDF | The purpose of this review is to discuss several limitations Endurance training and performance in runners: research limitations and unanswered questions brain's input and output during strenuous endur-. PDF - Brain Training for Runners. Based on new research in exercise physiology, author and running expert Matt Fitzgerald introduces a first-of-its-kind training. At Connecticut College I started running miles a week with tough workouts . Try to run as even as possible so your brain and muscles remember what.
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Brain Training at Work Before I encountered Fitzgerald's book, my training was struggling with a lack of direction, and I had two important events approaching: a 5K race and a mile ultra marathon. I applied the brain-centered system to my own training and competition. As my focus shifted from body to brain, a fresh supply of potential was unlocked.
I experienced my first brain-training breakthrough during my 5K race. I had just finished reading a section about the mechanism of "teleoanticipation," which Fitzgerald describes as "knowing intuitively just how much to hold back at the beginning of a maximal running effort to complete the effort without anything left in the tank, yet also without any decline in performance.
Three six-minute-miles later, I had done just that.
During the past month of brain-training, I have not only run the fastest mile split of my athletic career in a 5K race, but I also completed my first mile ultra marathon less than two weeks later.
This book provided the mental edge I was looking for and was the catalyst for my recent performance breakthrough. My favorite advice from Fitzgerald is his incorporation of proprioceptive cues into each of these training plans.
Fitzgerald states, "Proprioceptive cues are images and other sensory cues that enable you to modify your stride for the better as you think about them while running. As a multi-sport athlete, I was also happy with Fitzgerald's consistent focus on the customization of training.
His assimilation of cross-training and variety into workouts along with the "brain-centered" model made it a no-brainer for me to believe in this system.
Ebook Brain Training For Runners: A Revolutionary New Training System to Improve Endurance, Speed,
He even included a section on corrective stretches with pictures and descriptions of each yoga-like movement. Fitzgerald has taken the science of running to a whole new level with this book.
One great way to do this is to do your strength training workouts on your moderate-to-low run training load days. By that I mean not high-intensity days, and not high volume days.
Lifting heavy a for relatively low number of reps 5 x 5 type training of your typical compound movements: squats, deadlifts, etc… Should Runners Even Be Lifting Weights? This is the kind of work you could dedicate some months to at another time of the year while there are fewer imminent running goals in sight.
During your marathon specific training block, we should be looking to develop and maintain muscle balance and stability, and work to maintain mobility around key joints like the hips, as the miles take their toll on the body.
Often bodyweight cross-training exercises for runners are adequate for achieving this. When it comes to posture in particular, we need to view the body as a whole. But you can get strong and remain lean.
Exercises such as pull-ups and reverse flyes are so simple, but often ignored in place of working from the hips downwards. Light is fast.
But light and strong is faster! Many of the overuse injuries I see in distance runners are multi-factorial in their causes, with muscular imbalance and lack of mobility in certain areas being big parts of the puzzle. A good cross-training plan for runners will incorporate elements of both. As you can see in the video below, many of the weak links we see in runners occur in the frontal side to side and transverse rotational planes of motion.
The same has to be said for the exercises intended to support your running too! When it comes to strength training for distance runners, getting the exercises done is one a big part of the battle, but take the time to learn and execute great technique throughout each exercise.
Take a single leg squat for example; as I describe in the video below, there are subtle tweaks that can make the exercise more quad biased, and other tweaks that make it more glute biased. Whenever one leg is going backwards, the other is coming forwards, the same can be said for the arms.
When your torso is rotated one way, your pelvis rotates the other… This asymmetrical and reciprocal repeats cyclically all over the body as we move from stride to stride.
With these factors in mind, we can be specific with which types of exercise we choose when looking to develop more resilient running bodies. Rather than standard squats and deadlifts with our legs working together in relative parallel, I always encourage runners to work on split squats and lunge variations where we work the hips in particular in different directions with each rep.
You need to be eat big to get big! If an exercise hurts, stop.
The best rule of thumb when it comes to strength training for distance runners, and running injuries, in general, is not to push through the pain. The vast majority of running injuries will get worse over time if you try to run through the pain, rather than better.This book provided the mental edge I was looking for and was the catalyst for my recent performance breakthrough.
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Three six-minute-miles later, I had done just that. The two-part book begins with a well thought out presentation of the brain-training system applicable to runners of all experience levels. You will also likely know that there are three names that come up more than any of the others; Steve of course!
Certainly, if you are injured or experiencing acute pain, cut the run short. Embeds 0 No embeds.
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