Ever get stuck at a certain pace while racing?
You see great progress over a few races and then you even out. You begin to start running the same times over and over and over again. You’re stuck. You hit a lull in your progress.
Some of it is physical – sure, you can only get so fast so quick, but some of it is mental as well.
If you’ve ever run with a running group, you’ll often see the same groups of people run with each other – even when on person consistently improves, they run in similar relative positions because that’s what they’ve become accustomed to. So even while they’ll improving, it would appear that they’re plateauing. Not because they’re not faster, but because they’ve hit a mental plateau of how fast they think they should be going.
There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.” – Bruce Lee, Then Die
It can be tempting to stay at your level, at that plateau, but you have to go beyond it, to improve, to get better and to do the impossible.
It’s easy to say behind the computer, but the tough part is doing it in the midst of the race. When you’re racing, you need a way to push beyond your plateaus, you need a strategy.
Fortunately, there’s a way to break through. If you want to keep passing people, push yourself and run your fastest race ever – there’s a solution – the cute butt strategy.
How To Use The Cute Butt Strategy
Before you get all caught up in the name, the cute butt strategy is pretty straightforward and it’s almost exactly what it sounds like.
- Find a cute butt of a fellow athlete that’s ahead of you.
- Give yourself 100 yards to catch up to them.
- Catch up to them before the 100 yards is up.
- Maintain that pace while catching your breath.
- Find another cute butt ahead of you and repeat.
Although it’s fairly simple, there are a few caveats you should keep in mind:
- Don’t let anyone you’ve passed pass you. That sort of defeats the point.
- Don’t stare or drool or make comments. It’s plain rude and will mostly distract you from the goal – catching them.
- Know your pacing. You want to go beyond your limits, but you don’t want to wind yourself within the first 1/10th of the race and have to walk the rest of it. Go out at your regular pace and implement the strategy once you hit the halfway mark. Start earlier in future races if you need to ramp it up a notch.
Why The Cute Butt Strategy Works
It’s easy to have heart the last 100 yards, it’s hard to have heart throughout the whole race – Matt Soules, 3x Ironman – Impossible TRI
You can use this with trees, telephone polls or people with less-than-cute butts. Whether you’re running a 5k, a marathon, or a triathlon, the point is the same. It’s easy to sprint like a madman the last 100 yards of anything. It’s hard to do push yourself the entire race. The cute butt strategy gives you those “last 100 yards” moments several times throughout the race so you’re actually racing the entire time.
Unless you’re an elite athlete, the only competition in most races is yourself, but it’s hard to have perspective in a lot of races unless you have a hologram of your pace time next to you like a mario kart character or the girl in this video.
The cute butt strategy gives you external motivation to pick up your pace. It gives you outward motivations to do better than you’ve done and push beyond your plateaus. You compete against others to help you compete agains yourself better.
Give the cute butt strategy a try. It might just help you run your fastest race ever.
**I may or may not have used this in actual race conditions. Results may vary based on the butt cuteness index of your respective race. Let me know your results.
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