Usually the night before and morning of, I psych myself up by imagining my route and myself running without getting tired. This stops me from psyching myself out that the run will be too long, too tiring, etc.
I never really thought about a pre-run ritual affecting my focus, but I guess that it does. If I'm running later than usual my run is definitely less focused on the act and more focused on the increased road traffic! I think that a quiet place to run is a good place to start as well as breathing. I used to just count over and over again. I wasn't really focused on running, rather counting. Now, it has moved to breathing and knowing how my body feels, when I need to shorten my stride, improve my posture (tighten my core), and refuel. The better my breathing, the better my form and time. Weather is also a big factor for me. If the temperature is comfortable it is so much easier to focus on other running aspects.
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Hi Everyone -- I am generally pleased with how my running/training is going, but I would like to be more focused on the act of running itself - to help cut the internal chatter and distractions and be able to concentrate, or just experience, the essential elements of the run: the rhythm of breathing, striding, keeping form, keeping tempo.
I think a pre-run routine or ritual may be of help to "center down" and "focus in." I was wondering what the rest of you do. Thanks in advance!
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