Endurance center half-marathon training gathered pace yesterday (August 6, 2011) as the runners completed their fourth week workout at the beautiful Crowne Memorial Park, in Alameda, California.
Dr. Kenneth Kim supervised the training in the absence of the regular coach, Dr. Cory Nyamora, who took a few days’ vacation.
Before beginning yesterday’s strength and endurance building workout, Dr. Kim advised the runners to refrain from focusing on the negative when faced with difficulties or obstacles of any kind.
Dr. Kim, a good bicyclist, gave an example of how negative thought could lead to a disaster. He said that if a bicyclist, going downhill, focused on the fear of hitting a stump on the way, there would be no time to think of how to avoid the danger. Instead of focusing on the negative, he said, the bicyclist should be thinking of how to avoid the obstacle.
On Dr. Kim’s request, the runners shared their experiences on how negative thoughts might have affected their performance and how positive mindset had helped them.
Dr. Kim congratulated the runners for a successful workout. He awarded the week’s Endurance medal to Regina for overcoming earlier difficulties and completing the workout with a smile.
The half-marathon training, taking place countrywide, was organized by Endurance—A Sports and Psychology Center, based in San Francisco Bay Area, California. The center’s director is Dr. Nyamora, who was born in Kenya and educated and trained in the United States. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified USA Triathlon coach, USA Track and Field coach and Youth Fitness Specialist.
His center provides sports opportunities, outdoor adventures and psychotherapy for children and families, as well as adults.
Dr. Nyamora also provides services at a leading weight-management program at the Children's Hospital Oakland. He works closely with individuals to find fun and effective strategies to stay healthy.
In our last story, we erroneously reported that the July 26 workout was the second of the Half-Marathon training sessions. In fact it was the third training session. The workout just completed was the fourth.