"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's Actually More Mental Than We Thought!

Research says that I have around two minutes of your time before I risk losing your interest in my blog post.  That is especially challenging when the purpose is to redirect you elsewhere for the bulk of the topic. So, I've got to get straight to the point. Buckle up, here we go.

The October Runner's World issue has a fascinating story on building mental muscle (click link below for full story). It seems that recent studies indicate that it truly is the brain that shuts down the body before the legs, heart and lungs. It's how we respond mentally to the signals that tell us we have depleted our glycogen tanks, rather than a physical shutdown of the body when this happens. This does not mean that the body isn't far behind, but at least initially we can improve our endurance, and our speed, by training the brain to resist these signals and push through. The article provides some practical techniques to improve mentally.

Whew, a minute and six seconds, plenty of time left to read the good stuff in Runner's World ......


RUNNER's WORLD - Building Mental Muscle

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