CONSISTENCY—THE WATCHWORD FOR RUNNING SUCCESS
7 Ways to Create Winning Habits in Training and Racing
Most successful runners that I know have very routinized lifestyles. They also have a solid training philosophy that they seldom change. They utilize a core system for living and training that they trust and which has proven itself over countless miles of training and racing. Contrary to popular belief the top runners are not constantly changing equipment and/or their workouts. This holds true both for physical training and the mental approach.
The value of consistent habituated behavior becomes extremely clear when you have a few athletes in a training group who always perform in races up to the standard they display in training, while others are often erratic in terms of their moods and results in training. These “undisciplined athletes almost always fail to perform up to their standards in races. I am fascinated by the ability of the consistent performer to set aside adversity and get on with the business of training and then be able to do the same in races. Runners, who allow negative occurrences to impact their training, do so in other areas of their lives as well, and this always spills over into races with disastrous consequences.
What can be done to ensure that you get the most out of your training and are able to perform consistently on race day?
1. Acknowledge that running is far more than just physical and act accordingly—train the other components as well
2. Seek guidance outside your own perspective
3. Trust expert objective guidance—follow the suggested route to success, not just with training, but with mindset as well
4. Base your training program and subsequent race predictions around facts not fantasy
5. Train regularly in a controlled fashion, rather than too hard too intermittently
6. Take responsibility for your thinking around races and training—consider the concepts of confidence, self-esteem, trust and gratitude/appreciation
7. Be an optimistic realist—use valid data to determine paces and probable results
By applying these concepts you will become a better runner, you will achieve greater satisfaction from the sport and, most importantly, you will have more fun!
Many of these concepts are covered in extensive detail in my book Magical Running, a Unique Path to Running Fulfillment, available at www.BobbyMcGee.com
I am in the process of publishing a training booklet called: Running Essentials – Mobility, Potentiation, Core Strengthening & Stretching for Runners & Other Endurance Athletes. Details regarding this publication will soon appear on my website (www.BobbyMcGee.com) & others.
Have fun on the run!