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Training For An Event? What Do You Store UP?

If the event is hours away, you’re storing up water…Basic hydration. If the event is a day or so away, lots of competitors are into pasta…Loadin’ the carbs. During training, you’re storing up strength in your legs, growing mitochondria in your cells, improving cadio and respiratory capacity, and eating well to store all the crucial nutrients. All fine, all good, all necessary. What else to do?

Herb Elliott has a thought. Winner of the Gold Medal in the 1500m event in the 1960 Rome Olympics, undefeated in races over 1500 meters, sub-four minute miler 17 times, and recipient of the Order of the British Empire as “a supporter and benefactor of community and charitable organisations,”┬áthis Australian has been a student of running his entire life. Here’s what he stores up:

“Poetry, music, forests, oceans, solitude – They were what developed enormous spiritual strength. I came to realize that spirit, as much or more than physical conditioning, had to be stored up before a race.”