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Episode Info: The fall is a great time to fall in love with running. Running makes your lungs cleaner, stronger and more efficient. And good lungs gives you healthy energy. Healthy energy helps your productivity to get things done and positivity to get the right mindset so you can perform to your potential in anything at any age. It's also good to have good lungs because lung disease is one of the leading causes of death especially among women. I know this first hand because my mother Agueda passed away from COPD which she got from second hand smoke. Because when you have lung problems you spend more of your energy just trying to breathe at the expense of your body & brain function and my mother got so tired expending energy to breathe she became bedridden because she didn't have any energy to get up and do things. But when I talk to people who don't run, it's not like they don't want to, they just don't know how to run and have some fun running a distance. So I came up with a solution to help you go the distance you want to get to whether you’re trying to run for the first time from a few hundred metres to 1km, from 1km to 5km, from a few km to 10km, or from 5-10km to a half-marathon. I call it Agile Mindful Running or AMR. I used it to train for a half-marathon in 4 weeks last fall and to train for a half-marathon in only 2 weeks this fall. AGILE The common way of running a distance is to slog through it from beginning to end. The problem is along the way you lose your inspiration you left at the start and the motivation you want right to the end. It can also be painful because as you slog through your run you lose your form and that can aggravate your ankles, knees, hips & back. What you need to do is break your run into sprints. Let’s use an example of someone who wants to go from 2km to 10km. What you do is break your 10km run into 5 sprints of 2km. But don’t sprint, just run at a comfortable breathing pace pushing yourself as you get to the end of your 2km sprint. Then stop and walk for a minute or two. Think about the sprint you just did, congratulate yourself, think about how you feel right now as you walk and plan your next 2km sprint, then start your run again starting slowly and speeding up to that comfortable breathing sprint pace. The way to do this in a race is to take your sprint break at water stations and on hills so you can enjoy your water break and don’t stress the climbs. MINDFUL Now that you have broken your run up into reasonable distances. Let’s talk about how to run. Instead of looking ahead into the distance and how far that is, just look only 1-2 metres or 5-10 feet ahead. Focus only on what’s in front of you. Be present. In the moment. And breathe. And before you know it, you will have reached your distance. This is really useful in a race so you can keep your mental energy focused and your sensory energy fresh. Agile Mindful Running (AMR) will bring the fun back to your run. Cheers to your energy to go the dis...
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