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What percentage of performance on race day is mental: 50 percent; 75 percent; 95 percent? And how often do you train your mind? Many athletes would readily admit that more than 70 percent of our performance depends on our mental outlook, yet most athletes spend little to no time training their mind. Our mental race dialogue is built upon what we do in practice. We can't flip a switch and expect to have a positive mental dialogue (that we actually believe) during a race unless we've practiced the same dialogue in training. Train your mind and prepare to battle negative race-day banter with three simple techniques. 3 Exercises to Train Your Mind 3 Exercises to Train Your Mind
Tips for Energy-Efficient Running The subject of clean energy is an important one today. There are many good reasons to reduce our over-reliance on carbon based fuels, become more efficient in how we use energy, and use clean fuels that don't create as much waste and environmental damage. The same is true for the way we take care of our own bodies, which can be viewed as a microcosm of the world around us. ChiRunning and ChiWalking are meant to set up the conditions so that: Tips for Energy-Efficient Running
4 Mental Tips to Boost Your Run 4 Mental Tips to Boost Your Run 1. Think Positive. Your mind believes what you tell it.
Want to look slimmer without doing any "real" work? How about getting rid of back and neck pain? It all starts with one simple thing: posture. We talked with a few posture experts, and here's what they had to say: Why is good posture so important? The Diet Detective: How to Perfect Your Posture The Diet Detective: How to Perfect Your Posture
Every year hundreds of thousands of runners will have the opportunity to "hit the wall." "The wall" is defined as that period in a marathon when things transition from being pretty hard to being really, really hard. It is the point where your body and mind are simultaneously tested. It's the perfect intersection of fatigue and diminished mental faculties. Or as you most likely remember it, it's the exact point where all your pre-race plans went out the window. How you handle "the wall" can literally make or break your marathon. How to Beat the Wall During Your Marathon How to Beat the Wall During Your Marathon
Harder to find these days, but a fun distance to run, the 10K can be a great bridge between a 5K and a half marathon. The 10K is twice as long as a 5K, but in many respects it's a more enjoyable race. Instead of shifting immediately into 5th gear from the starter pistol, the 10K allows for a little more time to get in your groove. While the 10K pace may be a little toned down from the 5K, it's still moving at a pretty good clip and for twice the distance. Speed training is a component of 10K training, but endurance-training is really the key to a successful a 10K. 10 Steps to a Successful 10K 10 Steps to a Successful 10K
If you're new to running, keep these tips in mind to reach your potential. More: Running Tips for Newbies Start with low mileage. If all you can run is a half mile, quarter mile or even a few hundred feet, that's OK. 5 Running Tips for Beginners 5 Running Tips for Beginners
How to Find a Race Pace That Works Setting a good race pace is important runners of all experience levels. But how do you set a good pace that won't have you crashing before the finish line? In this video, Matt Fitzgerald, author and running coach, shares his strategies for finding a race pace that's comfortable, effective and will have you running your best when it counts most. Related Articles: 7 Ways Runners Can Avoid Overtraining Your Race-Day Running Guide How to Find a Race Pace That Works
Life Lessons from Charles Atlas © Charles Atlas, LTD “Let Me Prove in 7 Days That I Can Make You a New Man!” “The Insult That Made a Man Out of Mac” “Hey, Skinny! Yer Ribs Are Showing!” It’s an ad the majority of readers out there can easily conjure up in their heads. Life Lessons from Charles Atlas
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery Spring Break of my freshman year of college I went on a 4-day backpacking trip in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. My partner in adventure, Lucas, was a former Wyoming backpacking guide turned potter-philosopher, the perfect companion for days wandering the woods processing what comes about with the sudden cleaving from the static of modern living. A year prior we had traipsed around Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska on a 14-day trip that cemented our friendship…and wanderlust. The Benefits of Minimalism – Simplicity and Freedom The Benefits of Minimalism – Simplicity and Freedom
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Matt Frazier. For the past few decades, running hasn’t seemed so cool. For most guys, the thought of running–not for another sport or because you’re being chased, but for its own sake–conjures up images of high school gym class. Or maybe a skinny guy in short shorts. But that’s all changing. Runners like ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes are giving distance running a new face, and redefining our image of what a distance runner’s body looks like. Beginner’s Guide to Long Distance Running
Bike Touring: A Beginner’s Guide Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Bryan Schatz. I glanced back and there was my long-haired friend Dan just behind me, pedaling like a madman up yet another endless hill. His face was red with fury, sweat dripping onto the handle bars and his eyes fixated on the white painted shoulder line separating us from the speeding maniacs that frequented this road: Pacific Coast Highway in California.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Bryan Schatz. Leaving off from the previous post on the nature of bike-touring and what to expect, the following is a basic overview of equipment and things to consider in order to prepare for a bike-tour. Invariably, the particulars of each tour will vary depending on your particular style. As outlined previously, dirt bag travel is quite different from the more comfortable variety. Two Wheels to Freedom-Part II: Gearing Up for a Bike Tour
Boxing Stance and Footwork Image from arwriterphotog Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who is doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing. Thanks Chad! In this installment of the “Boxing Basics” series I’m going to cover proper stance as well as a bit of footwork.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who is doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing. Check out Part I and Part II. In a sport where the objective is to hurt your opponent more than he hurts you, defense is a pretty important thing, which is why we’ll be covering how to defend yourself from getting hit before we go over punching. The first thing that should be understood about defense is that it is more or less done to serve another purpose. You’re not blocking just for the sake of not getting hit, but blocking to get in a position to return an effective punch that will hurt your opponent or lead to a punch that’ll land flush. Boxing Defense
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