Unless you are like Ajay Beri, who works with a corporation in Los Angeles, you may live in an area where he weather is not the best for running right now. While you can certainly run when it’s cold, it is a little different and may require special gear and some changes to your technique. This is not to say, though, that you can’t do anything right now. Now is a great time to reassess your training and determine whether or not some changes might be in order to improve your overall marathon time when the races begin to start happening later in the spring, summer, and fall.
If you are an experienced runner but aren’t sure if you’re running your best race, Ajay Beri would like to point you in the direction of this great article in Runner’s World about what highly efficient marathon runners do and why other runners should consider adopting them into their own program. As a runner, himself, Ajay Beri has experienced the same challenges all marathon runners know all too well. Here are some points in the article that Ajay Beri, himself, may use for upcoming races.
Have a Purpose in Mind: One thing we know is that the brain starts to shut down the body way before it hits its limit. If you hit Mile 18 and you start to really feel it, you may need a little extra encouragement to power through the rest of the race. Experts recommend running for a charity or having some other purpose in mind to keep you going after your brain starts waving the white flag.
Go to Your Happy Place: Another way you can improve your performance is by exposing yourself to positive things right before the race. Researchers conducted a study that is referenced in the article where cyclists were either exposed to happy faces or sad faces as they cycled. Those exposed to the positive imagery performed twelve percent better. Before a race, it might be a good idea to listen to your favorite music or spend time with your loved ones.
View Your Anxious Feelings Positively: If you try to calm down those race day jitters, researchers say that you might be doing yourself a disservice. All of that energy being spent trying to extinguish the flames of anxiety could be used on the race. Instead, view the nerves as a neutral and natural reaction to it being race day. This will allow you to focus on running your best time instead.