Face The Facts

Bury­ing bad fit­ness news (and your­self) won’t help in the long run

Runner's World (UK) - - IN THS ISSUE -

Bad train­ing news can lead to good things

KEEP­ING AN EYE on your progress is sat­is­fy­ing when you’re tick­ing off all the things you pledged to do or not do (speed­work, foam rolling…no cake). But what about when things aren’t go­ing to plan? A new study sug­gests many of us won’t step on the scales (for ex­am­ple) when we know the news will be bad. It’s called the ‘Ostrich Prob­lem’ be­cause ev­i­dence sug­gests bury­ing your head in the sand when you’re not meet­ing your train­ing goals is un­help­ful. The re­searchers write: ‘Avoid­ing mon­i­tor­ing and record­ing makes it dif­fi­cult to iden­tify both the need to act and the most ap­pro­pri­ate way to do so.’ In short, make use of train­ing’s ups and downs.

SOLE SEARCH­ING If you can’t see where you are, you won’t know where you’re go­ing

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