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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 3

Thoughts from the road.  Rest Day!

Rest day and the irony of Running…”why is it that my legs always wants to run on my prescribed rest day?”

My former run coach once said: “Your muscles know no pain, only your mind knows pain.” I’ve used these words many times to push my muscles long past their willingness to go. Mental Toughness is something I practice and preach all the time! You hear it at Leapfrog Athletics workouts all the time: “There is NOTHING you can’t do for”…30 seconds, for 1 minute, for whatever the interval is. We Prepare Ourselves both physically and mentally in every workout.

Rest Days are KEY to optimal to PEEK PERFORMANCE!  Your muscles need time to repair and recover from the daily stresses of Running.  Knowing when to plan your Rest Day is a great reason to hire a coach!  When training for your event it’s important to “Stack” your workouts appropriately to build Strength, Endurance and Speed.  There should be Rhyme and Reason to the Order of your Daily/Weekly/Monthly Workouts.  “A method to the madness!”  As important as hard workouts are for achieving your goals…Rest Days are even more so!!

Train Smart and Be Disciplined!

With that being said: My muscles obviously know Rest Day…because without failure, they are always feeling willing and anxious to perform.

Ironic.

Thoughts from the road.

Leapfrog Athletics

Matthew A. Reedy

Coach/Owner

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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 2

Thoughts from the road.  Coach Martin.

“Mozart didn’t learn to play the piano by chopping wood.” My high school run coach used to tell us this all the time when we didn’t want to run or do the whole workout. It’s a lesson that I apply often to myself and the athletes who train at Leapfrog Athletics.

An athlete recently asked me: “How do you build endurance?” Well, I defaulted to my former coaches words!! I thought I was being witty and shared those words that I have used so many times in my running history.  My athlete wasn’t amused.  Sometimes we all wish there was some magic pill to build endurance/speed/strength.  The truth is:  we just have to focus on our desired outcome.  We have to play the piano:)

My Outcome:

Today was my karma run… My long run was tough. I struggled and wanted to cut it short, then those words came back to haunt me: I had to do it, I had to push through, there was no other way!!  It was painful…Physically and Mentally.  In the end, the discipline inspired by Coach Martin shined through and I played piano!  Not Easy…but 100% Satisfing!  I know today I made my former coach proud!!!

When it comes to running, building endurance, or becoming a stronger runner just remember the words of Coach Ron Martin: “Mozart didn’t learn to play the piano by chopping wood”

Thoughts from the road.

Leapfrog Athletics

Matthew A. Reedy

Coach/Owner

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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 1

Thoughts from the road.  Running in the Rain.

Running in the rain, while often cold to start, warms the body in an ever so cool way! It’s often tough to “brave the elements” and lace up our shoes when the weather is anything but ideal. Too Hot? Too Cold? It’s Windy. It’s Rainy… All these outside forces testing our own RUN INTEGRITY.

I adhere to the training philosophy: Train in the most difficult situations possible: The hottest part of the day, in the worst of weather, in HEAVY SHOES (!! I know…so strange to train in heavy shoes!! it’s so out of fashion:) Train when it’s tough and the race will be easier.

Running in the Rain is so fulfilling to me!   Although more difficult conditions, I nevertheless often run faster times!  The rain energizes my spirit, my stride quickens as my feet dance in and out of the puddles.  My sweat mixes smoothly with the rain and my body warms up nicely without overheating!  It’s quite the showing of “Relaxed Intensity!”

I strongly encourage everyone to get outside in the rain!  Be it walk or run…experience the cleansing and calming nature of “Mother Nature’s Sweat:)”  You’ll thank me for it!!

Thoughts from the road.