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Running Math

December 18, 2011

Running does crazy things to your mind. Or is it just that every runner is generally a little messed up in the head from the beginning? Let us assume the former and shelve the latter for another discussion. When runs get long, painful, or just plain boring, it is easy to convince yourself out of finishing a pre-planned distance. I will often try some simple “running math” to easily transform a bonk into a successful run. It probably will not work for everyone every time (it does not for me either), but maybe it will pop into your head during a run and inspire you.

Running Math

Running math up on the chalk board

Since I do a good amount of out and back runs—head out to a point, turn around and come back—there is one thing I keep in mind to help push myself further. My golden rule of running math: If you take one extra step, you are doubling your total distance.

Stop to think and it is quite obvious. If you run one mile out you have to run another to get back, pretty simple. Though who actually thinks like that during a run? But remembering this weird little mental trick may help you go farther. Running is often about figuring out how to will your body to greater lengths. Whether you are training for a marathon or brand new to the sport, being able to engage your internal psychological firepower will always help you achieve those personal goals. Read the rest of this entry ?

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