Start List/Liste de Départ: How are you feeling?

Tout sport d’endurance, c’est un défi mental. Ce n’est pas seulement l’aspect performance du mental, mais aussi comment on gère notre jour-à-jour avec les grands demandes de training. Aujourd’hui dans la liste de départ, plusieurs liens qui examinent le bien-être des athlètes d’endurance.

Runners like to party, n’est-ce pas? Smart runners pick their spots, usually letting loose at the end of the season. Sweat Science describes a study that shows that it might be the exercise itself that inclines runners to the booze.

Reid Coolsaet describes some shenanigans down in North Carolina. Wow, those elite runners take their training camps seriously! But maybe there is something to the joking around. Sian Beilock equates better mood to better performance in a post at her Choke blog.

Quelqu’un devrait peut-être montrer ce dernier lien à Rob Watson, qui a participé au même camp d’entraînement que Coolsaet, mais qui semble dans son plus récent blog d’être un peu déprimé. C’est sûr qu’un grand volume d’entraînement peut avoir un tel effet.

Leslie Sexton recaps her season with the news that she’s sponsored by New Balance. Having a sponsor can certainly take some of the mental pressure off a runner, not having to worry about buying shoes, gear, or paying for travel. But of course the catch-22 is, you have to get to a certain level without the help, before you’re worthy of having it.

Shoeless Coolis recaps 2010 as well, and looks forward to 2011 with some goals. Goal setting is always important, as is looking back what you have achieved. Jane’s list of achievements and goals are a great example of realistic goal setting. That’s important for a runner’s mental well-being, too.

Pour les entraîneurs de Triathlon, une conférence en Colombie-Britanique, à Victoria, un grand centre de triathlon, pourrait être intéressant. Pour les entraîneurs comme les athlètes, c’est important de continuer d’apprendre, d’approfondir les connaissances et à être ouvert à de nouveaux idées.

UPDATE: A timely piece in Running Times, talking about listening to your body. I just had a meeting with Liz, one of our marathoners, and we discussed this very important principle: Listen to your body. Times, paces, and numeric goals, while useful, are a means to an end, the end being running fast and feeling good. If you are having trouble hitting the numbers, the best thing might be to throw them out and go by feel.