So you signed up for an event. The next step is to prepare for that event as much as possible with training, research, modified nutrition, and maybe even new gear. You have probably heard of more and more athletes turning to what they are calling “intuitive training.” This fly-by the seat training style simply means you go by what you feel like doing.
While this can have great benefits for your body including ample rest for maximum gain, the larger component that may be missing is the mental stamina training.
So you are out on a long training run, and you get tired, so you go home. Seems like not a big deal, your listening to your body. But what happens when you get tired on race day? Will you mimic this behavior? Your mind is the biggest muscle that needs to be developed for any type of event, and it will lie to you. It will tell you that you can’t do this today, when you can, and you must.
Things are going to hurt. You will be sore, tired, and oh so hungry… but this is all an integral part of growing stronger for your event. There will be times where you do need a rest day, this is when that muscle tissue you have torn down in training will repair to be stronger. The key is knowing the difference in typical soreness/fatigue and injury. There is no secret formula to this – it comes with time, experience, and an intimate connection with your own body and mind.
Next time you are wondering if you are actually tired, or just talking yourself out of a workout so you can catch up on your latest Netflix binge.. try going to one more workout, and if you really need a rest day, you’re body will let you know and you can take it tomorrow.
As far as intuitive training – pencil things into your calendar. Give yourself a layout of where you need to be for your training, and if you need to adjust accordingly, allow yourself to do so.
Happy Training and Namaste Yall.