When doing squats I suffer from valgus colapse and on the last day of our camping vacation I busted a right knee. Not sure what happened, but something between getting up to fast and rotating it.
Anyway – I limp now … and it hurts … and I can’t move that fast. Not to mention not doing squats :(. Solving the problem with a lot of ice and horse cream, but I’m looking into solutions to the problem.
When starting running I was all action and that continued with triathlon also. But after a while I started to lag behind. You see, my swimming is really slow. I was never a good swimmer and the current problem is I don’t have access to a swimming pool near by.
All that leads me to doubt my execution during the race, so I started to look into mental toughness routines.
One of the best advices I heard are from former U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine and they are:
1. Control breathing: inhale through the nose into the belly and exhale through the mouth.
2. Positive mindset: Don’t put yourself down. Try to think of positive thing to say to yourself and do a positive statement (Don’t use no).
3. Mental imagery: This one is hardest for me. The idea is to make a mental image of you finishing the race with a positive attitude.
4. Set the right goals: Why are you doing it? You don’t need to have big goals. The goal might be just to finish the race. Or improve your previous finish time.
When I was running 21k my goal was to do it under 2 hours. This was actually a goal for me to start training for a marathon. And since I managed to finish my last 21k just under 2 hours (1:57:53 to be exact) – the marathon training started.
One addition to goals: I try to break the running the race to achievable goals: 1k per goal 🙂
The idea for the post came from an article posted in Running World.