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STRENGTH works for both body and mind. To be at the top of your game a mix of both is de­sir­able. Have you ever gone on a run when your head just wasn’t in it? Even af­ter you dragged on your shoes, left your house and got the first kilo­me­tre un­der your belt, you still couldn’t get into the zone. It’s al­ways easy at this point to give up and go home. But you don’t. You don’t give in. You keep at it and, even­tu­ally, you start to en­joy it. Even­tu­ally, you’re cruis­ing.

From my own ex­pe­ri­ence, it hap­pens now and again that I have to push my­self to go for a run. But I al­ways stick with it and don’t give up even when I’m not in the mood. I know my mood will even­tu­ally change when I’m out run­ning. I be­lieve that it is im­por­tant to push our­selves, even when we are not 100 per cent up for it, pro­vided we are not sick, ex­hausted, hun­gry or thirsty. This builds up men­tal strength that can serve us well in life.

It takes both men­tal and phys­i­cal strength to push to­wards the line when you are fa­tigued. You might be in a race and you’ve been along­side the same per­son for ages, so that it’s be­come a race be­tween the two of you. You want to win; they want to win. You com­pete all the way to the line. Some­times you’ll clinch it and some­times you may not. Win­ning can be glo­ri­ous be­cause you com­peted and found the ex­tra bit of en­ergy you thought wasn’t there.

In both of these ex­am­ples, in or­der to keep go­ing, you en­gage your men­tal strength. These are sim­ple and ef­fec­tive ex­am­ples of how to build men­tal tough­ness. The more you call on men­tal strength and use it the stronger it will be­come.

From the book ‘ Out­come Run­ning – 10 mile­stones to­wards a more pos­i­tive and faster you’ by race or­gan­iser Eoin Ryan and avail­able from www. eoin­ryan­coach­

Maria Neilan and Tony Lyons pre­sent­ing the Lions Club per­pet­ual tro­phy to De­clan McIn­er­ney’s team.

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