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Thoughts from the Road: A Mental Warm-Up

Making a plan and doing the mental prep for your running.

Run with purpose? What’s the purpose? Do you know what you’re running for?

Not all runs are just physical workouts, many times a run workout is actually more for training your mind. You mind controls your body, so to have a stronger, faster, better body you have to control your mind.

We know when running to do a warm up. perhaps that’s a walk first, maybe some stretching or just starting out running slow. This is the physical part. It’s quite brainless. It ofter results in good runs but it can leave you untrained for when the going gets tough. Practicing a mental warm up, getting your mind right, anticipating obstacles, understanding the purpose of the run, this can enhance our running by building a stronger mind to fight when the going gets tough.

What’s the purpose of the run/workout?

Social?

Build Endurance?

Learning to Run on Fatigued Legs?

Interval Training?

Speed Work?

Threshold/High Heart Training?

Each one of these types of run demand a specific mindset. A social run allows us freedom, while a Threshold workout is designed to make us uncomfortable. Interval training and speed work test our capacity to perform under stress, Endurance Running and training to run on fatigued legs test our mental endurance and our discipline to just keep going.

We have to prepare our minds if we want to get the maximum results from these types of runs. For example: when doing speed work, I tell myself: ”it’s time to go to work” I prepare my mind that the task ahead is WORK. It will be difficult, challenging and it must be completed. When training for endurance, I prepare my mind knowing that I will be testing a limit, there will come a time I will want to stop, that’s the point…to build endurance past the point of comfort! The way to better achieve that is to enter the run with the mind prepared.

I practice a deep breathing meditation to focus and ”warm up” my mind. Training smarter to maximize every workout, even the easy and social runs:)

So remember: along with warming up the body, when you’re walking or stretching, be sure to set your mind up for the purpose of the run ahead. Plan for what the workout is designed to achieve. Then Execute the Run! Run With Purpose.

Power Running: Running on Fatigued Legs

Join Leapfrog Friday Mornings at 6a.m. for our Power Running Series:  Running on Fatigued Legs.

The workout meets at Venetian Village in the north side parking lot.

“Anyone can do it fresh.”

 

What to expect:

A workout geared towards fatiguing the leg muscles so we can practice Strong Run Form when Tired.

A workout incorporating body weight exercises as well as running so you may “Run Strong” even when fatigued.

 

Learn…Practice…Workout

 

Principled Coaching…PREPARE YOURSELF…Achieve More

 

At Leapfrog We Coach Techniques both Physical & Mental to help you Achieve More!

 

What’s Next?  Join Leapfrog & Become A Member!  You’ll receive training discounts, special social events, personal communications & lots of extra perks!

Already A Member?  Thank You!  You may sign up for the monthly training sessions here.  

Not confident yet?  You may call or text Coach Matt at (239)272-7811 and he will help answer your questions.

You may also schedule a coffee meeting for an initial consultation ($20 fee applies)

 

Power Running: Running on Fatigued Legs

Join Leapfrog Friday Mornings at 6a.m. for our Power Running Series:  Running on Fatigued Legs.

The workout meets at Venetian Village in the north side parking lot.

“Anyone can do it fresh.”

 

What to expect:

A workout geared towards fatiguing the leg muscles so we can practice Strong Run Form when Tired.

A workout incorporating body weight exercises as well as running so you may “Run Strong” even when fatigued.

 

Learn…Practice…Workout

 

Principled Coaching…PREPARE YOURSELF…Achieve More

 

At Leapfrog We Coach Techniques both Physical & Mental to help you Achieve More!

 

What’s Next?  Join Leapfrog & Become A Member!  You’ll receive training discounts, special social events, personal communications & lots of extra perks!

Already A Member?  Thank You!  You may sign up for the monthly training sessions here.  

Not confident yet?  You may call or text Coach Matt at (239)272-7811 and he will help answer your questions.

You may also schedule a coffee meeting for an initial consultation ($20 fee applies)

 

Run/Strength Intervals: Full Body Running

6-7a.m. at Venitian Village (meet north side parking lot.)

 

@Leapfrog we #RunWithPurpose and our Focus this month is Whole Body Running!

Running with focus on our abs, our arms and our legs.

 

What’s Next?  Join Leapfrog & Become A Member!  You’ll receive training discounts, special social events, personal communications & lots of extra perks!

Already A Member?  Thank You!  You may sign up for the monthly training sessions here.  

Not confident yet?  You may call or text Coach Matt at (239)272-7811 and he will help answer your questions.

You may also schedule a coffee meeting for an initial consultation ($20 fee applies)

 

 

Run/Strength Intervals: Full Body Running

6-7a.m. at Venitian Village (meet north side parking lot.)

 

@Leapfrog we #RunWithPurpose and our Focus this month is Whole Body Running!

Running with focus on our abs, our arms and our legs.

 

What’s Next?  Join Leapfrog & Become A Member!  You’ll receive training discounts, special social events, personal communications & lots of extra perks!

Already A Member?  Thank You!  You may sign up for the monthly training sessions here.  

Not confident yet?  You may call or text Coach Matt at (239)272-7811 and he will help answer your questions.

You may also schedule a coffee meeting for an initial consultation ($20 fee applies)