3 counselor coaches, 30 runners and me; we hit the ground running this morning and the camp is off to a great start. Seven states are represented at camp.
[Arizona, New Mexico, California, Ohio, Alabama, Texas, Alabama]
16 girls down one wing of the Northern Arizona University dorm (Wilson Hall) and 14 boys down the other wing.
After everyone checked in we had a nice pre-camp meeting and introductions. Then we were off to a casual late morning run, chattering all along the way and enjoying the quick trip around the neighborhood; oh ya, and the 7000 feet of elevation! Reality set in.
We discussed how to calculate potential running times at longer distances using the well established Horwill’s Law. OK, it was also a math lesson. The biggest eye opener was how far off many runners’ times are as the distance gets longer. This is an indication of not training for specific events. We calculated three primary paces for each runner: vVO2max, 5K quality pace, easy run pace. No guess work now in determining how fast workouts should be run.
After lunch and adjustment time we had our afternoon session. To better get to know each other, the normal introductions wouldn’t do and the typical name-rank-serial number would not do. Each person had to come up with two simple statements about themselves. One had to be true. And one had to be false. The trick was trying to figure out which statement was the false one. Ever try to do that with people you don’t know? Keen insights into personalities while learning about each other.
We had our introduction to the mental game. Everyone took a short assessment. This serves as the data that will guide the content of the week’s afternoon mental toughness topics.
All campers who wish to follow-up and have one-on-one time with their own personal mental game coach were told to make appointment time with me this week. My goal is to give them some tools to start working with to head on the road to mental toughness. No magic pills here… but diligent practice.
The bottom line message sent: If you do not work on your mental game it will not improve. It is not a matter of just “thinking positive.” Like your physical conditioning, your mind needs training.
Evening movie: Run Reckless with Anthony Famiglietti the US top steeplechaser and two time Olympian. This one got some good reviews. “Fam” tells it like it is to be a professional runner. It’s a compelling flick. Well done. Very motivational.