The feedback falls into two categories.
The runners are elated with a morning run.
Everyone else not so much!
When the run begins there are all kinds of voices in our heads.
The non runners: it's too cold, too hot, too far, too painful, why did I sign up for this??
The runners: I got this, I'm the man! I'm the woman! I wonder how I'm doing here, can I hang with the fast group?
The non runners: wow this is crazy, is that pain that I'm feeling or am I about to pass out? I haven't run for 20 years but look at me now!
The runners: What if I can't keep this pace? Did so and so just pass me? I should've worn my Hokas/Newtons/Altra's.
In other words both groups, runners and non runners alike, have all kinds of distracting thoughts going on.The run is supposed to be a continuation of the worship time
. You need to train
to maintain your focus on Jesus as you run. This is not easy.
Here is a running/focus drill that I have been using ever since I started the 40 day challenge. Try it out for yourself. If you are an advanced runner you can modify this protocol to fit your running goals.
Start the run with a one minute run/one minute walk protocol for the first 10 minutes.
Use the walk to refocus
on cadence (90 plus per minute) and Jesus.
When running, if your mind wanders from your 90 plus cadence or away from Jesus, stop running immediately and reset your focus.
As soon as your focus is reset start to run again for one minute. After 10 minutes increase your running time to 2 minutes and decrease the walking time to 30 seconds.
Continue with this rhythm for 20 minutes.
End your run with a 10 minute cool down. Cool down at a slower pace run with the same cadence. Run slow enough to breath in and out through your nose. Nose breathing will guarantee that you finish your run in zone 1.
Do this drill to train on your focus during your running. It will spill over into every other area of your life as well.
On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Denise Tomlin said:
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On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, Greg Zoldy said:
My turn around point was actually at Tom Thomson's gravesite behind a small country church nearby. People visit there and leave mementos like paint brushes stuck in the ground and tubes of paint around his tombstone. I stopped to read his epitaph which reads 'LANDSCAPE ARTIST. DROWNED IN CANOE LAKE." Short but when you think about it, his legacy was his passion and he likely died doing it...not on the couch. I hope I go in a similar fashion...not drowning though :), just living a life of adventure that really gives God the glory. Consistent purposeful steps. Thanks Coach! Amazing what a little prodding does.
On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, Mark Foullong said:
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On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Yurij said:
Be sure to try this running method and let me know how it goes for you. The key is to stop and walk if you lose focus. Don't try to refocus while running. Stopping and walking forces a pattern interrupt. It's all about clearing out the chatter and focusing on just two things: cadence and Jesus.
You will also notice that the last 10 minutes when you are running with your mouth closed and breathing through your nose only will really limit your intensity. This is purposeful to teach you what Zone 1 intensity feels like. Many of you may have to walk to keep the intensity low enough so that you can breath through your nose.
Share your experience and keep the conversation going.
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Leo Quan said:
But seriously, I totally get the value of focus. The past 10 days, I've been without my wife and it's been a real struggle to focus. Some great gifts from God have come from this.
All the gifts revolve around dependence on all things godly. Prayer has been my #1 go to. Sometimes it's screaming out to him inside my head, "I need you lord!"
Filtering out temptation has been my #2. Clearing out the snacks from the cupboards and eating clean has made a HUGE difference.
I'll add the focus drill to my routine as another layer.
Thanks Yurij! Leo
On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Brad Rusaw said:
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