In our first Mitchum Q&A, we're joined by GB 110m hurdler Will Sharman who'll be answering your questions about focused training - how to set and stay committed to your race targets.
Will is going to be online between 1pm and 2pm today to answer your questions about race training - and tips drawn from his own experience training at elite level.
110m hurdler Will started out as a high jumper and decathlete, and his track career includes a fourth-place finish in the 2009 World Championships. He is also a classically trained pianist, holds two university degrees and was coached by Gladiators' John Anderson.
We're opening the discussion now so Will can get stuck in straight away at 1pm (rather than having to deal with too many questions all at once). But that's enough from me - time for your questions!
What psychological techniques do you use to get yourself in the optimum frame of mind for competing
Hello Will,how do you manage the ideal target/training/actual target cycle? By way of explanation- I want to improve my marathon PB- I set a target (say 3:30, from a PB of 3:48). I enter a race (say) 16 weeks out and start on a training programme which should make me faster. At what point in the training programme should I decide on what my actual target should be? My ideal target is a big jump from where I am (but should be achievable based on my HM PB). I've not done speed work before now so it's a bit of a jump into the unknown. It may take several cycles (train/race/train) to get there.
Will, my question is how you deal with disappointment? e.g. if you don't achieve the target in a race or training cycle; - what's your strategy for dealing with the disappointment or frustration and moving on.
I was lucky enough to win a training day at Loughborough Uni with you in March and just wanted to thank you - I took alot away with me that day which helped me in the half marathon I recently completed. I have only run 2 half marathons before and was doing really well with 8 min miles - unfortunaely cramp hit at mile 9 and I struggled to the end (still acheived my current PB (1hr 58min) but dissapointed as I was on for doing so much better)!!!
I am really keen to do a marathon now but seem to have a bit of a mental block as 13 miles seems long enough for me - I don't know how I could possibly do the same all over again!!! Any hints and tips on how to motivate yourself to the next target in mind!!!
I'm currently following an 8 week training plan for 10k, and while I was very motivated to follow the plan and complete all the speedwork in the early weeks, I am now finding it more difficult to motivate myself to push as hard, now that I am in the middle stages of the training plan.
Have you got any tips for keeping up the motivation levels?
What are your kitbag essentials?
Do you find it hard training and competing in hot weather? What is the ideal temperature for you?
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