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MVP #056 – How to Run a 6-Minute Mile – Breaking Through Barriers

MVP #056 – How to Run a 6-Minute Mile –

Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast Episode #56 is available for your listening pleasure. Learn how to accomplish more than you ever thought possible!

MVP #056 – How to Run a 6-Minute Mile – Breaking Through Barriers

 

So you want to run a 6:00 mile or an 8:00 or 10:00 mile. You want to improve. YES! Identify your goal:

Let’s use the 6-Minute Mile.
One mile = 4 laps around the school track.
4 x 1:30 = 6:00
Half-lap pace would be 45 seconds or a quarter lap at 22.5 seconds.
You get the idea. Break down the goal into a small enough piece so that you can nail it! Then each week try to increase the number of times you can repeat this ‘miracle’ of new performance. Keep score, track your results and let me know how you do.
Running faster, lifting more weight, eating something better than a sleeve of Oreos when you get home. Performing any of these activities will require you to endure some pain. You have to train yourself to deal with some discomfort in order to enact change.
Habits are difficult to uproot. Try something fun and brush your teeth with the opposite hand or put on your pants with the other leg first.
Keep in mind that in order to change a habit, you must add in a replacement for that habit and practice it. Stick with in and you’ll be reporting that 6-Minute Mile in no time!
Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
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It is critical to be focused.

Intensity can add to your effectiveness. I believe you have to achieve focus and intensity in the right order to have an effective work session.

Focus and Intensity Ready to Pour

Intensity Ready to Pour

I can be intense for a variety of reasons.

Some days the coffee is a little too strong or I have a crazy morning workout and I feel energized and pumped up for the day ahead. Emotional anticipation of the results you expect can drive your intensity up as well.

Be careful with intensity.

Imagine accelerating quickly in a car without holding the steering wheel. Zero to sixty in the wrong direction!?!

You need control of direction, focus, to point your efforts in the right direction.

It reminds me of my first open water triathlon. An open water triathlon means that your swimming is not done in a pool with lanes lines, but out in a lake or bay of open water. I learned that without proper focus, my 750 meter swim easily became 1,200 meters from zigzagging around the 750 meter loop. It wasn’t the end of the world but I expended much more energy than I needed for a loop that many other swimmers followed closely and were out of the lake long before I was. I used the experience to practice sight swimming. When sight swimming, you look up periodically during a part of your effort to ensure you are going in the right direction. This allows for small course corrections more frequently and maintaining positive momentum instead of straying far off course before realigning with your goal. Your efforts in business and life should focus on the important task and then allow your intense effort to take you quickly to your goal. Stay tuned for more focus and coffee-fueled blog posts.

Tune in to the Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast and have a cup with me.

Caffeine and performance.