The saying goes that running is 90% mental and 10% physical. Now I am not sure if I exactly believe those proportions. However, I do believe that there is some truth to it. Whether I am on the last mile of a 14 mile long run or approaching a water fountain for a quick drink in the middle of a run, knowing that I am about to stop running, I lose concentration and I find it extremely difficult to get back into the rhythm of the run. I had thought that with running I would leave behind all the mental struggles I faced with figure skating. Apparently not.
In an effort to work on the mental aspect of my running I found a book called "Running Within," by Jerry Lynch and Warren Scott, that came with highly positive reviews. It is a guide for mastering the mind-body-spirit connection to optimize performance. I am excited to read it and think that it will have some valuable advice. As I incorporate things from the book into my workouts, I will share it here.