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The Peaceful Runner Newsletter #9 - June 1, 2011 - Training without a Goal?
June 01, 2011
Welcome to the June edition of The Peaceful Runner Newsletter - a free monthly resource of tips, inspirational quotes, recipes and the latest news and trends in running.
In this issue:
1) Quote of the month
Quote of the Month:
"The thinking must be done first, before training begins." -- Peter Coe
Article: Training without a Goal?
Sometimes it is better not to have a set training goal. In a society that is very much goal based, I know this sounds like a strange statement. We need goals to keep us motivated and focused I agree, but sometimes we need to just listen to our body rather than have a pre-determined goal or distance in mind every time we run.
If we go for a run without a set distance in mind, we can let our bodies decide how far we should run. If we are feeling really good, we can adjust our plan and go for a longer run or a harder workout than scheduled.
If our body is feeling tired and just not up to the task, it is probably better to make it a shorter or less intense workout. Our training will go better if we can be flexible and judge each workout by feedback from our bodies.
Some experts suggest doing our training schedule in pencil so we can easily adjust the plan as needed. Matt Fitzgerald has written a great book on this concept - RUN: The Mind-Body Method of Running by Feel
“The elements and philosophy laid out in RUN were fundamental and played an essential role in my overall success throughout my career as a self-coached athlete. The ability to run by feel is a learned skill and without the capacity to self assess and adjust your training intuitively, you will inevitably fall short of your potential.” — Alan Culpepper, 2000 & 2004 U.S. Olympian, sub 4-minute miler, sub 2:10 marathoner
Let your body be your training guide!
Do you need help setting your running pace?
Here is a great tool to help you calculate your race pace. Use it to calculate your mile or kilometer splits or create your own custom wrist band.
Try out this easy to use Pace Calculator.
Feldenkrais Exercises Can Improve How you Move
These Feldenkrais exercises and resources will help improve how you move -- not just while running, but during everyday activities.
If you have ever been injured, you made compensations in your movements to alleviate the pain. When the injury was healed, did you return to your normal way of moving or did you retain your limited movements? Usually the brain retains this information and you continue to restrict your movements. Feldenkrais exercises can help you re-learn how you used to move when your were younger.
Feldenkrais Exercises will help your body and brain communicate better resulting in more efficient movements. Check out these resources and try it for yourself: Feldenkrais Exercises.
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Keep peaceful and keep running injury free,
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