Almost ready for the Sun Run (or another event?) Find Focus in your Workouts

VSun Coaching Advice – Week 12 – Find Focus in your Final Workouts

The cherry blossoms are out, the winter chill has disappeared and I wonder if you realize how your workouts are perhaps the one time during the day that you are NOT multi-tasking?  You are now fit, strong, able to find your rhythm, and tackling only the task at hand. This morning on my own run I started off mentally ticking off the things that needed doing today, but by the end of it I had no awareness of that checklist and only felt a sense of calm and confidence. It’s argueably one of the greatest benefits of what we are doing; leaving the world behind for that simple hour 3 times a week.

I’ve noticed a few things during my visits to clinics that might help you find focus in your final workouts:

Walkers:  Be tall in your body with a wide swing of the arms and reach forward with the legs to generate a strong heel-toe action. Take advantage of a nice wide range of motion.

LearnToRunners:  Try to limit the side-to-side sway in your upper body – it’s wasted motion. The arms must swing freely from the shoulders, not from the torso.  Be strong in your abs and make sure the hands do not cross the midline of the body in front.

Runners:  Many of you are overstriding. Concentrate on a nice quick turnover by lifting the knees the moment your feet touch the ground. Imagine you are stepping quickly over a small barrel in front of you.  When you overstride you are “braking”.

The work is done now folks – Only a couple weeks away now from Event Day! But please don’t test yourself over 10K until the Sun Run:  These final sessions are icing on the cake and the consistency solidifying your training program will help you have your Best Day on Event Day.  So turn that phone off , forget the multi-tasking and find “focus” in your final workouts!

About Lynn Kanuka

Olympian, Coach, StreetStrider, Corporate Challenge Coach, Event Organizer, Deep Water Runner, Motivational Speaker, Nordic Walking Coach.... My days as a serious athlete are long past, but I'll always be a runner. I love its simplicity. I'd love to help you discover how easy running can be: Walk — Jog — Run or Stride. I know you can do it.
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