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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.
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arrive at the venue 60 prior to the horn
(That much time goves the banana and oatmeal time to work their magic.)
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Dublin, Ireland, 8/5/2013
It takes me the first 10 mins to get into the run. Then I'm focused
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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.
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!
5-K: 22:49 (2007)
10-K: 46:50 (2012)
8-mile trail run (2013): 1:19:26
Half-Marathon: 1:49:28 (2013)