Inward monitoring (1) is useful for judging the required pace and also being aware of any warning signals such as muscle strain.
The researchers believe that most attention should be focused outwardly on aspects of the race to minimise the influence of discomfort whilst remaining aware of the race situation.
Well here is my tip. I would like to add another category, I call it 'interactive awareness'. This is thinking of how we're running. This isn't about what we're feeling or race strategy, but in relation to the actual movement.
For example, when running, are you aware of the location of your hip joints or which muscles lift the leg off the floor? Focusing on the act of running can help to ‘free up’ the movement if unnecessary tension can be identified.
Misconceptions about our body will influence the way we run. The pelvis is part of the back, yet many run with an excessive swing of the pelvis because the hip joints are held too tightly.
The swaying action of the pelvis will also twist the lumber spine where the psoas muscle (hip flexor) is connected. The psoas lifts the leg therefore inappropriate movement of the spine reduces efficiency and alters the direction of the pull.
This type of thinking is neither inward nor outward, as it requires us to maintain awareness of who is running, how we are running and where we are running.
For example, see if you can be aware of yourself reading this article. What parts of you are making contact with a surface? Is your jaw tight?
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