To be the best, you have to beat the best—or so they say.
Kastor, a three-time Olympian (2000, 2004, 2008), led the inaugural retreat, which took place in Mammoth, California in September 2015. The event provided opportunities to learn from, run with and even cook next to the American record holder.
Throughout the weekend, Kastor offered many pieces of running wisdom. Here are five that particularly stuck with me.
1. Set Ambitious Goals
Goal setting is a common theme in sports. But how ambitious are your goals? Is it really beneficial to set a goal you know you'll achieve?
In an effort to push yourself and strive for more, Kastor stressed the importance of setting goals that sometimes may seem out of reach. If you've already run three half marathons, is setting a New Year's resolution to simply complete another going to help you grow as a runner?
Instead of choosing an easily obtainable goal, try aiming for something that will force you to put forth the maximum effort during your training. Even if you don't achieve it, you'll often receive satisfaction knowing you tried for something big rather than settling for something small.
2. Positive Self-Talk
Kastor's message about self-talk was simple: As you run, be positive with the thoughts running through your mind. When you're on the fourth mile of a half marathon, instead of thinking about the 9.1 miles you have left, think about how great your pace has been, how fresh your body feels or how you've already finished almost a quarter of the race.