A Delicate Balance
Have you ever encountered difficulties describing how you run to an authority figure or an expert? Have you ever labeled yourself in order to be understood? There’s a delicate balance involved in meaningful form change. On the one hand, apprehension about how well we are running can disrupt our performance by loading our mind with anxious thoughts about doing it right. On the other hand, the conscious shift of periodically focusing our attention on our running form helps us become aware of negative mental chatter so we can calmly repurpose those same thoughts.
Every training day, my goal is to let the runners know what I’m asking for in terms of conscious efforts, all aimed at minimizing wear and tear on the body and maximizing speed and efficiency. The more the body is conscious, the more it becomes capable of receiving higher energies from universal forces.
Sound idealistic? Remember, our mental images, ideas, and beliefs about our body can affect our performance just as powerfully as our physical fitness.
When & Where
Appointments are booked by phone or e-mail. Ideally, we’ll meet privately once or twice per month at a convenient road, track or trailhead here in Boulder County. I love to teach in beautiful places! As we progress, be ready to explore a new open space, mountain park or other scenic running venues. Contact us for payment options.
Your Running Fingerprint
We all conform to a common blueprint but we learn to run in ways that accommodate our unique running fingerprint. Dimensions of body segments, the snugness of bones within joints, the springiness of tendons, rigidity of feet, geometry of muscles – differs from person to person, sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically. We adapt our coordination habits around the peculiarities of our individual anatomy in order to create efficiency and injury resistance. – John Kiely
I know all the answers – as long as you ask the right questions:
- How much should you train?
- How long is long enough?
- How fast is fast enough?
- What are the best times to do each workout?
- Who are the most important people to work with?
- What are the most important things to do at all times?
It all comes down to the concept of quality over quantity but what does that really mean? Most runners measure their training by the number of miles run rather than how those miles are run.
We’ll shake up the mainstream dependency on quantitative long runs and generic tempo runs with new and different hill workouts plus dial in your progression runs where you’ll touch 5K & 10K pace. I’ll give you attention-demanding challenges so you learn to make spontaneous alterations in your stride pattern, change paces and terrain, play with rhythms and ground contact time. By supervising these higher intensity exertions carefully, I see a much broader impact on V02 max and lactate threshold, key physiological variables that affect endurance running success.