|Run: the Mind-body Method of Running by Feel|
- Focus on the good, like your great pace and how this is where you want to be, when running is hard.
- The capacity to tolerate suffering is trainable. (I think about this often during speedwork.)
- After each key workout and race, ask yourself whether you held back at any point to spare yourself from suffering. If you did, vow to do better next time.
- Consciously try to beat your recent times throughout the training process, and include plenty of repetition within your key workout progression to facilitate this self-competive approach to training. (I don't repeat workouts often enough.)
- Stride rate increases naturally and unconsciously as fitness increases.
- Run on a soft surface. (One reason I like running at Memorial Park.)
- Run quietly for lower impact running.
- Run in the lowest and lightest heel that you find comfortable.
- Injured? Time is the best healer, but try anything and everything, maybe even a short run. It worked for Matt.
- With some injuries, you might try walking on the treadmill at 12-15% incline at 4mph to maintain fitness.
I think my marathon taper is going well. I ran 7.5 miles today with 2 x 15 minutes at marathon pace. My mp3 player didn't work right so I may run without it during the marathon. I ran without it during my PR marathon so maybe I run faster without it anyway! Only 9 days until the Denver Marathon!
Thanks to all of you who left a comment on my last post! : ) The cake is gone - I ate the last piece!