12.5 easy ways to screw up a marathon

12.5 easy ways to screw up a marathon

It is exactly one week since I ran the Illinois Marathon in my slowest ever (uninjured) time. Age grading the result in the Yale Run Age calculator (aka The Runner’s Time Machine) confirmed that I performed as my 75 year-old self. In short it was a ‘stinker’.

Recalling the interview with the eminent sports psychologist, Dr. Jim Afremow, a winning mindset looks at a defeat as a learning opportunity. Dr. Jim advocates “Win or Learn” rather than the more typical Win-Lose mentality.

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Tough Girls: Inspiring stories

Tough Girls: Inspiring stories

Our guest expert for this episode is Sarah Williams: the host of the ‘Tough Girl’ podcast. Sarah interviews women demonstrating extreme levels of mental toughness and is sharing with Rundamentalists readers the key attributes needed to tackle life’s biggest challenges.

Sarah isn’t just about tough ‘talk’, she also puts her words into action and is currently training for the grueling Marathon des Sables (6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara desert).

Highlighting the stories of three amazing women, Sarah will inspire you to harness your mental strength to become literally: unstoppable.

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Improve focus and motivation

Improve focus and motivation

Our guest expert this week is Dr. Jason Selk; considered to be one of the premier performance coaches in the United States. He helps numerous well-known professional and Olympic athletes, as well as Fortune 500 executives and organizations develop the mental toughness necessary for high-level success.

Dr. Selk’s book 10-Minute Toughness explains how to be mentally prepared for competition. Targeting tools for mental toughness, it is designed to help athletes identify what it takes to be successful and to improve focus, concentration, confidence, and motivation requiring just 10 minutes of practice per day.

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Steve Cannon: My 1037 mile run around Lake Michigan

Steve Cannon: My 1037 mile run around Lake Michigan

Life, Love, Loss and a Historic Run! 40 Days is a brutally honest and inspiring story about Steve Cannon’s historic journey around Lake Michigan. Just imagine averaging a marathon a day for 40 straight days, it’s a story of dedication and determination, love and loss, and living in the moment. And most importantly, it confirms what can happen when you push yourself farther than you ever thought was possible.

Steve has kindly agreed to share a part of his inspiring book with followers of Rundamentalists …Enjoy.

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Two hours: The quest to run the impossible marathon

Two hours: The quest to run the impossible marathon

Two hours to cover twenty-six miles and 385 yards. It is running’s Everest, a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. But now we can glimpse the mountaintop. The sub-two hour marathon will require an exceptional combination of speed, mental strength, and endurance. In this episode, award winning journalist, Ed Caesar is sharing a section of his fascinating book: Two Hours – The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon

Ed traces the history of the marathon as well as the science, physiology, and psychology involved in running so fast for so long. And he shows us why this most democratic of races retains its brutal, enthralling appeal—and why we are drawn to test ourselves to the limit.

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