Last week I introduced the areas of fitness I feel are vital to any comprehensive cross-training program: Stamina, stability, and flexibility.
Today, I want to talk about stamina. Staying Power. Grit. Fortitude. Perseverance.
Whatever you call it, one's stamina will dictate the upper limits of one's physical and mental abilities. I want to talk in a little more detail about what happens when we reach those limits, and the tricks I use to help clients - and myself - break through those walls to accomplish more with every workout.
As you know, I am no stranger to physical or mental challenges. Recently, I completed an eight-hour endurance run. The purpose of this run, other than the sheer enjoyment of tasting my own sweat and basking in my stench all day, was to "tune up" for other, longer events I will be participating in this fall. The primary focus was time on my feet, but to even get to the point where I'd consider this kind of run, I had to get on a training plan that would address every challenge I'd encounter.