This past weekend I competed with 9 other people on my team in the Great River Ragnar Relay race. We completed the course in daytime and nighttime legs (or intervals) for each of us. For me this included two daytime and one nighttime run interval that totaled 25 miles. During the race I noticed three things that I learned from gongfu training that were helping me turn in my best running performance. I would like to share them with you.
Three things I learned from gongfu training that improved my running:
- Mental Focus: Looking and running straight ahead, keeping my eyes on the next runner to pass or my next destination point, avoiding distracting thoughts and feelings by not getting hung up on them.
- Body & Movement Awareness: Keeping my gait frequent and efficient, rehydrating, revving up toward my maximum while keeping a pace that is sustainable for the distance of the run in terms of pace and effort.
- “Done and won!”: Keeping the mental picture and attitude that I has already successfully completed my run interval, and all I needed to do was to go through the motions.