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Finding your natural run rhythm

26 July 2017 2 Comments
The best way to become a better runner is to run with the least amount of muscular tension in our bodies. The way to achieve this feeling is to stop analysing, stop the negative self talk.
If we approach each run session with the same mindset that a dog has when the dog washing gear is bought out, dread. You’re defeated before you run 100m. You’ve started with the wrong mindset. To use the “dog analogy” again, imagine the dog’s mindset when the lead comes out, and he expects to go for a walk to the park to chase the ball, joy.
We do need to do some run drills, to get the feeling of run efficiency. But once we’ve done enough of these drills to know what we’re looking for, it’s time to introduce the joy. The feeling “like we’re going to the park to chase the ball.”
If you come to a run session expecting it to be an unpleasant experience, this is not the way to find your natural run rhythm. It’s not meant to be hard, it’s meant to flow.
Also if you run along constantly analysing every move you make, your natural rhythm will not happen. If we connect a feeling from one of our drills, like “pushing the ground back”, to our “joyful running”, we’ll find ourselves searching for this feeling in training. This will transfer over to competition.
Instead of running along in a race comparing ourselves with someone else, or being constantly aware of our pace, or the elapsed time, if we can connect with the feeling of “joyful running”, our best results are very close.
We can’t find our “natural rhythm” while we’re trying to run like someone else. No matter how good the other runner is, what you’re witnessing is “their natural rhythm” , not yours. Search for that feeling that comes when we really enjoy what we’re doing.
I’m not saying that it will not hurt when you’re going as hard as you can. Accept that it’ll hurt, that’s part of it. Develop your natural rhythm to a stage where it’s all your body knows, and believe me the “hurt” will be different, it’ll be a satisfying type of pain.


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