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The Freedom To Run Your Best

The Freedom To Run Your Best

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Published by PoseMethod
The 7th chapter from the bestseller "The Pose Method® of Running".

"The psychological freedom to perform at a higher level rests within all of us."
The 7th chapter from the bestseller "The Pose Method® of Running".

"The psychological freedom to perform at a higher level rests within all of us."

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03/06/2014

 
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Chapter 7
The only true law is that which leads to freedom.
Richard Bach
THE FREEDOM TO RUN YOUR BEST
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reedom? Seems like an odd concept to mix in with injuries andtechnique when we’re talking about running, doesn’t it? Yes, weare all free to run within the constraints of our daily lives, but howmany of us actually permit ourselves the psychological freedomto run the way we would like to run? The answer, painfully, is veryfew.The psychological freedom to perform at a higher level rests withinall of us, but as human beings we habitually place limits on thatfreedom (Fig. 7.1). You may say to yourself, “I could never run a10K under 40 minutes,” or “I don’t need to do interval training.”In order to place a comfort level on your expectations, you havevoluntary placed limits on your ultimate performance. You havechosen not to be free.Within the limits you have set on yourself, you now have the abilityfor self-satisfaction. Having determined that you can’t run the 10K
The Freedom to Run Your Best
 
under 40 minutes, you can be enormously satised if you runa 40:30, thinking you’ve run just about as well as you can run. And by avoiding interval work, you can be happy that you alwaysfeel good and never “hurt” when you run. Still, without your self-imposed limitations you know, on a subconscious level, that youcould do better.Of course, it is impossible to be absolutely free when it comes torunning. Life does impose limitations – social considerations likefamily, work, and community act along with physical concerns suchas weather, the topography, and gravity to dene the parametersof your possible peak performance.Given the reality of life, your psychological freedom is your abilityto minimize the effect of the natural limitations and rise to your highest level. To do so, you must consciously work on developingyour mind-set and psyche for running.First, you have to consider the source of these natural limitations.You may feel guilty taking the time out to run when you could be
Fig. 7.1. “Restrictions of Life
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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
how 
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 condence to move past your limitations andexplore your true potential.
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