If it is true that athletes can create psychological momentum, which is performance enhancing, by maximizing control of their environment, then athletes should do everything in their power to make the situations in which they train and compete as comfortable as possible. As a runner, you will race better if you create the optimal personal comfort zone in training.

This notion may strike you as being as touchy-feely as it is radical, but it is not. The most successful elite runners are adept in this skill, whose benefits are conceptually validated by current exercise physiology and sport psychology.

Remember, no less a runner than Joan Benoit Samuelson, after more than three decades of running at the highest level, said, Becoming a champion requires that you are comfortable when and where you are training. As with the feelings of enjoyment and confidence, allowing your perception of psychological momentum to guide your training decisions is a more certain way to gain fitness and elevate your running performance than is relying on reason, the science of lactate and VO2max, and outside authority.

The feeling of psychological momentum is your unconscious brain’s way of telling you that there is synergy between your body and its training environment, which encompasses not only your workouts but also every element of your lifestyle that affects your running. This feeling indicates a good fita comfortable fitbetween your body and the overall system that you are using to pursue race goals. Each runner is unique, and it is impossible to predict which specific training methods and what sort of general lifestyle will most benefit any single runner’s performance. A good match can be detected only once it exists, and the most sensitive instruments for this sort of detection are emotions, including enjoyment, confidence, and comfort, or physical momentum.



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