written by Mahaswetha Ghosh - BootCamp YELLOW Running Coach, Ultra - Runner, Corporate Leader, on Dec 10, 2018 in RUNNING
I am sure the title has piqued your curiosity! So what is this TraiLeR?
Do we see 3 words
Training + Learning + Respect.
Be it a 5K, 10k, HM, FM or Ultra there is always a method to the beautiful madness called Running. While there are plenty of training plans on internet, a training plan made for you by your trainer is not only meant to help you to achieve your goal BUT is also designed in a scientific way to make sure you don't get injured. The plan is the trainer’s bit but you have a bigger role to play in following that plan. Training is a mix of the Actual Plan, Discipline, Regularity, Staying Focused and a bit of passion as well. It's not just about physical training, it's also about mental training i.e. train the mind to do it, to follow the plan and not go off track. Remember, when the body gives up, your mind is what will keep you going. While the Final day is a culmination of your journey, it is the journey and your commitment to the journey that defines your final day performance. Every single training session counts! So next time you want to miss that training, Think, Think and Think.
Every training session teaches you something about yourself, positive or negative. Positives motivate you and give you the scope to build on them but negatives are MOST critical because they tell you about your areas of improvement. If you think why you are unable to increase your speed or sprint that extra mile, look out for the signs. The big question is how does one find those signs. The answer is pretty simple - It is when YOU look in yourself. Every single time you run, bring your focus on how you are stepping. Do you hear yourself when you land? How are you breathing? Is your core feeling strong? Are you moving your hands right. If this seems daunting, tell you running buddy to share feedback and you do the same. Once you are aware of your body and mind while running, you will be able find these. So what do you do with them ?. Take them to your coach and seek guidance. One word of caution - seek help from your Coach rather than trying to google for solutions. Your coach has learnt about you and knows your body better than google. So Ask!
This one has many facets. Respect of Training and Trainers, Respect of your own body, Respect for guidance when given (Rest means Rest and not an easy 5k), Respect for your fellow runners on race days (don’t push people), Respect for the environment that you run in (don't throw your gel pouches and hydration tetra packs on the road) and many more. The most critical here is Respect for your body! Listen to it! If the body is hurting and it needs you to slow down or take a break, please do. Your body needs it so that you can come back sooner than later and not be out of action for a longer period of time. The last thing you want while running is to be sidetracked because of injuries.
This is also most critical for new runners. Runners high tends to get the best of them. Running a half marathon every weekend, moving from a 10k to Half Marathon or from a Half to Full marathon in 3 months are examples of lack of respect for your own body. End result is likely to be injury, fatigue and then out of action, usually undoing all the good.
Your running show will be based on how to build the story around these three – Training, Learning, and Respect.
Be wise and Keep running!
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