The stage was set for a record-breaking number of runners to toe the line yesterday at the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon. This year’s drawing for the race was the largest in history, with close to 200,000 applicants — a pool 50 percent larger than the race drew in 2019.
Instead, of course, the 2020 marathon became one more casualty of COVID-19, a virus that has led to the cancellation of live events across the globe this year, and threatens still more.
There’s no doubt that if you love running and taking part in races — either as a participant or as a spectator — 2020 has been disappointing to say the least. But thanks to virtual racing, you do have options — and those options, much like virtual racing’s popularity, are increasingly on the rise.
The rising popularity of the virtual race
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Sometimes finding your “why” can be the difference between heading out the door or not. In this episode, we want to look more specifically about why you run any particular workout. Tuning into your body’s effort levels and realizing that different runs should have different efforts and different purposes can unlock major gains in your running journey. When you become aware of the specific reason for a run, you can gain a much greater appreciation for the workouts and the effort you are putting in.
How does mindful running lead to improvement?
The ups and downs of effort training which brings awareness to your running
Understanding the effort levels your body can use
Setting a goal and finding your purpose
Why are you running today?
The importance of having a purpose
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You want to run faster, so you practice running faster.
You want to run faster, so you push every run just that little bit extra.
You want to run faster, so you live by the motto “no pain, no gain.”
You want to run faster, but now you are exhausted, sick, burnt out, or injured.
When you are ready to start back up and bring more joy to your running, consider that most improvement coming during the easy days. If you do not have easy days, when do you plan on improving?
Background to running - where did you start?
What experiences have shaped your beliefs about what running should be?
Coming from other sports
Pushing harder is always better
Coming to lose weight
The trap of the comparison mindset
Why do you keep running? What do you want to get out of it?
Most runners we know are looking to be able to run longer or faster regardless of why
Conveniently, the answer to both...
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