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  1. Haley
    February 3, 2016 @ 7:16 am

    I love this! I think many runners face these problems. For my mental strength, I started going to yoga (helps with physical strength too!). Yoga really clears my mind and helps me focus & stay positive. I too have decided to stick to shorter distances this year, but I am focusing on 5 & 10ks. I will do a few halves and of course I’ll run CIM, as I do every year. Good. Hooked your making. I think they will help you a lot! It’s all about finding a balance.


  2. Riley Smith
    February 3, 2016 @ 8:35 am

    Nutrition is always the hardest thing for me…. I have found that things change every year as to what my stomach can handle…. Some people have had good luck with trailbutter if you can handle the fat content in it while running…. I have found tailwind and Carbopro to work well for me…. How come you can’t do gels? Is it the texture? I have experimenting with watering down the gels…. The texture can be as thick or thin as you want…. I just get one of hammer gel flasks which hold 5 servings of gel… I would then put 2-3 gels in and fill the rest with water…. I use the chocolate flavor and so it’s almost like chocolate milk! As far as the speed work….. I have been working hard on getting myself aerobically faster with the phil maffetone method…. 180 minus your age +- 5bpm to give yourself your aerobic fat burning zone. It’s very interesting And I want to see if it works for me. The idea is that run at this heart rate and only this heart rate until you stop seeing an increase in pace at that given heart rate…. Then your ready to add some speedwork. It has definitely been hard for me to slow down originally but hoping for a huge increase in that aerobic zone.


  3. Sami
    February 4, 2016 @ 8:57 am

    Mental strength has also been something that I’ve focused on recently! There are some great books out there on improving it. I’ve heard Mind Gym is supposed to be really good! As far as nutrition, Huma gels are the only thing I can comfortably stomach. The ingredients are much better than most gels, too!


    • jenlyz
      February 4, 2016 @ 8:59 am

      Thanks for the info Sami! Yes Mind Gym is on my list. I’m pretty sure I saw it on NYCRunningmama’s post a few weeks back as something she used. I’ve not heard of Huma so I’ll check them out! Thanks!!


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