Words To Guide Marathoners

Leave the first response January 26, 2009 / Posted in Mindful Running, Oz On Marathoning

In article <691nfd$4qr$1@newsd-163.iap.bryant.webtv.net>, Texcanuk@webtv.net (Debbie Kendrick) wrote:

> Most people think of getting blisters on their heals from running. I get
> them on my 2nd and 4th toes. Huge ones. I wear the socks that are
> supposed to prevent blisters and my shoes are big enough (one size
> bigger than my dress shoes). Any suggestion. Marathon in 11 days and
> feet still tender from last long run.

When people are running long and getting tired, their form and style deteriorate. When that happens the tendency is to:

1. Let the erect posture slouch
2. Drop the head
3. Hunch forward
4. Neglect even minimal knee lift and shuffle along

When this above stuff happens, the fear of falling unconsciously has a profound effect…as one’s spirit is falling.

The tendency is to claw with the toes. To see what I mean, stand up and lean as far forward as you can. You’ll notice that your toes are digging into the ground or into the sole of the shoe you are wearing.

If you relaxed your toes, you’d find that you would fall.

So when running your marathon, check ever mile verbally with

1. Relax toes
2. Hook in the top of the head keeping the head and body erect
3. Say to yourself:
1. Relax the shoulders
2. Relax the jaw
3. Relax the eyes….as squinting can cause great mental discomfort

Since you are in a trance from mile 16 or 17 use these as a mantra from time to time to breathe and keep you focused on staying erect, focused, balanced and lightly running over the surface of the earth as you run.

In that trance, contine to bring your mind back to the body…and relaxing the shoulders, jaw, eyes and keeping the eyes at infinity/horizon

All unnecessary tightness means muscles are tightened and draining energy you need for your marathon.

Another reason for focusing on your breathe as you run along.

When you mind goes to the finish line and wanting to finish….bring the mind back to your body and focus on the stuff above.

Remember if your mind goes to the finish line…it has abandoned your body to do the last 5 or 6 miles alone….and that’s not good. Bring the mind back to the present….breathing….relaxing shounders, jaw, eyes…eyes on the horizon…and relaxing toes….relaxing toes.

Simply the marathon is lifting your feet up and done and leaning the body for 26.2 miles. The body is like the broom balanced in the palm of your hand. As the broom leans every so slightly, your hand goes at the same speed so that the broom won’t fall.

Eyes on the horizon.

These are some ideas created by me for the Super Four Support Team of Int’l Assoc of Marathoners to help those who finished over four hours…because that was where they were….or because they crashed and burned.

Look at rec.running FAQ part 7 and you’ll see some stuff from the Super Four about keeping the mind focused…and 10 ideas to stay focused and in the moment.

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