Nathan Pennington Running in The Distance

Peak Performance Running Tips

Peak performance comes from proper training and a perfect taper from that preparation.

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Are you a runner, 5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon specialist? I can certainly help you attain peak performance in these distances.

To reach peak performance often takes more patience than preparation. Anyone can train but how many can withstand missing fitness goals and still keep going.

There is a massive difference between interest versus commitment. It took massive commitment to break the sub 2:20:00 marathon barrier. You don’t do that by interest and you cannot rely on talent and expect to do it either.

The talented athlete that is not putting in the work is going to get beaten by the one with little talent but monstrous tenacity and drive.

I have seen this time and time again over the years.

How To Achieve Peak Performance As A Runner

Peak performance is achieved when the athlete or artist decides they want to be committed toward the goal, not just interested.

I’ve come across countless men and women over the years who wanted to run faster, earn more income but they were interested.

Interest is reading a book. Commitment is reading the book 100 times and applying what you have learned – MJ Demarco, entrepreneur

The number one piece of advice I give athletes here is to practice at and below the pace they want to race at.

It doesn’t matter if it is the 5K, half-marathon or marathon distances the same methodologies apply.

You always want to be harder on yourself in training than anything else. The day of the race should not be a day to be overly nervous.

Sure, nerves are a part of competing at the highest of levels but you don’t want it to interfere with peak potential.

Why Race Pace Training Works

It teaches the body to clear lactic acid faster than it is building up in the blood stream.

This is one of the biggest reasons so many athletes muscles shut down during competitive races.

I am currently working on a course called the Sub 3 Hour Marathon Pro where I discuss how runners can break the 3 hour marathon barrier.

If you are interested in breaking the 3 hour marathon click on the blue link below. Use the Promo Code MARATHON30 and receive a 30 percent discount on the launch price.

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It is done by training for longer durations at a higher heart rate. The physiological effect is definitely noticeable over time. I touch on Supercompensation in the course. This is where the body becomes weaker immediately after the workout and comes back stronger 48 hours after the workout.

Proper planning and training will always lead to peak performance but there are many factors that go into a great athletic performance.

Your heart is also having to work less at the same given speed that gave you issues earlier in your training phase.

Why Patience Is Critical To Peak Performance

Everyone wants results fast. It is very easy to get caught up with wanting instant gratification. The best athletes in the world maximize their training but also are big believers in delayed gratification.

Great performances do not come overnight. It took me from 2002 to 2007 to go from 2:43:36 to 2:19:35 for the marathon. I had many failures (more like learning experiences) before I ever dipped under the 2:20 marathon barrier. 

Patience is not something many people have a lot of. Understandably so, wanting results fast is simply the norm. Who doesn’t want to be fit, to lose weight, make more money or break a 4 hour marathon?

Athletes, businessmen and women, artists, teachers, anyone who does something and makes it look easy makes it look that way for a reason.

They have practiced over and over again. Interest didn’t get me to running a 2:19 marathon. Commitment did. It took many years of practicing at or below 5:20 per mile or 3:18 per kilometer pace to finally make a sub-2:20 marathon a reality.

Peak performance only comes by way of immense patience and tenacity. You almost have to be fanatical about what you are doing in order to achieve that state. 

What Is Peak Performance?

My definition of optimal performance is when you have done everything correctly and you are in a flow state.

It is an effortless feeling and sometimes achieved only a few times in a lifetime.  Below is a picture of me with the leaders of the 2007 California International Marathon. I had a marathon best of 2:40:02 going into this race. The men in this picture had personal bests of 2:09 to 2:15. 

I knew I had done the work. I had a half-marathon best of 1:07:06 and had run 10 miles in 51:52 leading into this race. This showed me what I was capable of. Peak performance as it pertains to marathon running demands patience.

You absolutely must have a lot of it in this event. I went on to finish in 4th place, top American and broke the 2:20:00 marathon barrier running 2:19:35. Only three of the men in this picture beat me.

Laban Moiben (in blue shorts from Kenya won in 2:14:31, John Kathoga also from Kenya in orange outfit was second in 2:14:58, Canadian Charles Begley behind Kathoga finished 3rd in 2:16:26.

The other Kenyans pictured in the picture below finished 7th (2:27:15) and 8th (2:28:24), respectfully.

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Examples of Peak Performance

We see examples of optimal performance all around us.

A painter or sculpture creating something out of nothing.

A fireman rushing into a building home or building saving people without fear. The adrenaline and preparation kicks in.

Have you ever heard of people picking up cars if someone was trapped underneath them? This stuff happens. I already know about this power as do you. We have all experienced this in our past.

I am creating the Sub 3 Hour Marathon Pro as well as the Sub 4 Hour Marathon Pro courses for athletes seeking peak performance in the marathon.

Are you a 4 hour marathoner and desire to break this time barrier? Fill out your information below to be the first notified when the Sub 4 Hour Marathon Pro course is launched (February 2019).

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