Running the Seven Seas

Running the Seven Seas

Running the Seven Seas

Here are the seven Cs that will make your running an incredible and worthwhile journey.

C.

Consistency

There’s no quick fixes and the most rewarding things in life take time to build. In years to come you’ll find yourself in a place you couldn’t even imagine now. This is done through hard work, it is impossible to improve overnight with little or no training as progress comes through working hard and enduring hard training sessions.

C.

Consistency

Maintain a high but comfortable volume all year round. It will keep your base strong and you will be fit and ready for race preparation months ahead of most people. When you change your running volume too rapidly you risk injury. It is important to only build up running by 10% if you are seeking to run longer distances.

C.

Consistency

Run regularly.  Break it up over the week and constantly have your body active and adapting to running. Change up the intensities of each session, ensuring you aren’t always doing hard sessions, running at an easy pace maintains your aerobic capacity while not risking injury.

C.

Consistency

Never skip long runs. Nothing is better for your base or will help you more on race day. It is important not to leave them to close to race day but rather be consistent with regular long runs.

C.

Consistency

Control your efforts. Run in the right zones for the purpose of the run. You can save yourself from sabotaging the rest of the weeks training by not over extending yourself at the wrong times. This is also why you shouldn’t race every weekend, as your body cannot adapt to pushing yourself hard constantly. Rest and easy runs are just as important as hard sessions, which brings us to the next ‘c’.

C.

Consistency

Recover! Get lots of sleep and lots of good food, as much as possible. It makes a world of difference and makes the higher volumes of training possible. By refuelling with nutritious food your body can recover well and quickly.

C.

Consistency

Always be making the decisions you want to be able to make on race day. Our thoughts are physical pathways in our brains and we need to hardwire into ourselves the responses we need through practice and repetition.  You will automatically ‘go the extra mile’ on race day if it was already a default during training. Nutrition needs to be automatic response if you want to be able to stick to your plan when you’re fatigued and focus on everything else that involved in racing.

By now you’ve noticed a strong theme! There’s nothing easy about it and for 99% of us being self-driven isn’t enough. Surround yourself with like-minded people and you’ll find a surplus of motivation, encouragement and support. Being a part of community is also the best thing for you

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