Tips from Deena Kastor

Deena Kastor shared some running and eating tips this week online. She's an Olympian who holds American records in numerous road distances including the marathon.

Mind Games Deena Kastor Uses During Races
  1. Count to 100.
  2. Focus on arms instead of legs.
  3. Focus on the number of miles already run.
  4. Focus on the training she has put into the race.
  5. Focus on running to the next aid station or mile.
I've done all of those except counting to 100. I'll try that!

How Deena Fuels During Marathons 

Every 5K: 4-6 oz. Cytomax Pomegranate Berry drink

At 25K and 35K (15 & 21.7 mi): Jet Blackberry GU gel

Foods She Likes That Increase Bone Density
  • Herring
  • Sockeye salmon
  • Seaweed
  • Orange juice
  • Whole eggs
  • Leafy greens
  • Yogurt
  • Milk

Deena Online

You can find Deena's tips online like I did and you can read her blog, too. That's where I found a recipe for basil pesto pasta, which is her favorite pasta dish. I'm glad that basil is full of vitamins and minerals because it's so flavorful. That's my basil plant in the photo, but it's not as green and leafy as it was when I took the picture!

Tina's Weekly Recap (September 8-14)

My hip flexor, which had been feeling sore, felt better this week so I ran four times, biked twice and had four strength-training sessions. I was even more grateful than usual that I could run and ride.

Comments

  1. When runs get tough, i've concentrated to moving my arms more!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me, too! I think about how my legs will follow if I just keep moving my arms and then I focus on my arms.

      Delete
  2. Sometimes when I can't sleep, I count backwards from 100. However, I'm 99% sure I would not be smart enough to do that while running (I lose all mathematical ability during runs). It would definitely be distracting though--I might try it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm with you! I'm pretty sure only counting forward to 100 would work for me during a race!

      Delete
  3. I definitely rely on my arms more during those last miles of a long run. I also look forward to the aid stations and little milestones.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thinking about the next aid station is always a big deal during my races, too. The best aid stations will be able to tell me how far it is until the next aid station. Helpful!

      Delete
  4. Just wanted to say that picture of your dog with the treat on her forehead is killing me right now - so cute!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your comment makes me glad that I put that photo on my blog. Thanks!

      Delete
  5. I am glad your hip flexor feels better! Those mind games for running are fantastic...I do the counting to 100 when I feel sluggish. I'll count every 4th stride as 1 until I get to either 50 or 100 and it helps a lot!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've tried counting each step, but tire of that pretty fast because the numbers just can't keep up with my steps. Counting every 4th stride would give me enough time to count. Glad you mentioned that!

      Delete
  6. Great week of working out, glad you are feeling better. I love those tips, I have never tried counting either or focusing on past runs. I love to keep these kind of things in mind since lately I have been experiencing challenging runs instead of those lovely in the zone ones we all love.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's a great idea to use her tips during training runs, too!

      Delete
  7. Thanks for sharing Deena's tips! I could have used them on Saturday towards the end of my race - maybe next time!
    I'm glad your hip flexor has settled down!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm looking forward to visiting your blog to read your race report!

      Delete
  8. Hooray for being able to run again!!
    So funny about the counting to 100 - in May I did that over and over during my big race.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There's nothing like having to take time off from running to make you wish that you were running again!

      Delete
  9. I use mind games like that all the time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The one I do the most often is to focus on a milestone that is coming up. I tell myself that I only have to make it to the next place and then I start over with a new spot to run to.

      Delete
  10. Counting to 100 is interesting, definitely need to try this out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. From what I remember, you could even do this in a few different languages!

      Delete
  11. I do have a counting game I do, but it is a little hard to explain. I have never tried to count to 100 though. Podcasts help me zone out a bit also during training though I don't use them during races

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And I listen to books when I run. During a hard workout, podcasts and books can be another kind of distraction runners can use.

      Delete
  12. Glad the hip flexor is feeling better!

    I've tried all of Deena's tips except the 100 as well. I'll have to stash that idea away in case of emergency!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, I didn't feel my hip flexor at all on today's long run and that's just the way I like it!

      Delete
  13. I've counted to 100 during races before and it really does help! Takes the mind off the task at hand for a little bit and is the perfect amount of time to refocus on the race!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I counted to 100 today during my long run. I only did it once because I wanted to listen to my audio book, but I could see how it would be a great distraction during the last few miles of a race because I was thinking about the numbers.

      Delete
  14. I'm glad your hip flexor is feeling better! I didn't realize that Deena wrote a blog, I'll have to check it out!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She wrote that she'll be posting more regularly on her blog soon. I'm looking forward to that!

      Delete
  15. Deena is one of my favorite runners (did you see where she's aiming for the world half marathon record in Philly this weekend?) . I've heard she is also an amazing cook - I'll have to check out her recipes on her blog. Have you seen a picture of her dog, Zico. I think that's the dogs name... might be something like Zita, though. Either way, the dog is a French Mastiff and incredibly cute!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great tips from Deena! I will try that for tomorrow's race, especially count to 100. Never thought about that!

    Thank you for sharing this! Love your blog :)
    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for commenting! It will go up as soon as I return from my run!

Popular posts from this blog

Run Fast. Eat Slow & My 15 Miler

Running: My 60 Mile Week

50 Mile Race Coming Up