spending time with your children or doing chores around the house.You may been raised in a family that didn’t value exercise and feltthat running was a waste of your time compared to learning to playan instrument or work on your studies. You may even feel that youare not quite ready to take on a task as challenging as running or entering a competitive race. Your personal limitations may be verycurrent or they may have been inculcated over the years.Similarly, in the physical realm, you may feel that you are tooheavy to run or that your knees won’t take the pounding. It may betoo hot for you in the summer, too cold in the winter or you maythink that there is no good place to run where you live. And if you already run, but avoid intervals, that may be a self-imposed limitation, but it may also be valid. If your runningtechnique is awed, intervals will not only “hurt” in the sense thatthey can bring you momentary suffering, but they can lead toinjury. In all these cases, the key to overcoming your limitations isknowledge. Knowledge of your circumstances gives you thewisdom to successfully integrate your running into your familyand home life. Knowledge of proper running gear, hydration andrest permits you to run in any conditions. Knowledge of your neighborhood and your hometown allows you to nd suitabletraining routes.Most importantly, knowing
to run gives you the possibility torun freely. When you know your body and you know how to run,you will have no fear of overtraining, no fear of injuries. You can betruly free to run long distances, to run hard intervals. You can befree to run faster than you ever have before.To reach your peak performance, you must have the psychologicalfreedom to overcome your limitations. This starts with thefoundation of a proper running technique. Belief in your techniquethen gives you the condence to move past your limitations andexplore your true potential.
The Freedom to Run Your Best