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Archive for November, 2012


November 27th, 2012

Motivating Yourself to Practice Good Form

Motivated RunnerIt’s very hard for the average runner to develop the discipline to practice their form. If you’re visiting our site, you know it’s important, but do you really actively work on your form? Probably not. It took me years to develop the discipline and awareness.

Why?

Because I didn’t care until I got hurt.

There are plenty of articles on this site that preach good form. We have an entire series dedicated to it. But we can’t just convince you to do it.

Hopefully, you’re visiting Sleek Running in good health and looking for ways to prevent injuries. But more likely, you first came here looking for help solving your injury woes. Of course, we’ve got plenty of it. Our mission is to keep you healthy. But, even if you know what you’re supposed to do, it can still be extremely difficult to motivate yourself.

So, don’t bother.

Instead, Make It a Habit.

Start small – focus on one thing at a time.

Don’t get overwhelmed with foot strike, your center of gravity, how you’re supposed to lean, how high to hold your arms, how to hold your head, and the many other facets of having “perfect” form.

Learn each facet one at a time. Don’t move onto the next until you’ve got it. It might take 10 steps, or several weeks to work each bit into a place that’s comfortable for you. It’s very important to not move on until it’s become a habit. You should be doing it without thinking of it.

You need to be patient and realize it’s a work in progress.

It’ll never be perfect, so don’t obsess over it.

That’s our job. In all seriousness, realize that perfect form for everyone is slightly different. It really depends on your body. [Note: We’re talking about slight variations, that does not mean it’s okay to heel strike, good try.]

Try a Mantra.

Mantras are really good at helping you focus on a single thing (part of your form). This is especially valuable when you’re in the middle of a difficult run – the last thing on your mind is checking your running form. Check out this article for more information.

Relax.

Remember, the most important thing you can do is relax. It will help you with all parts of your form.

Image By: Oskar Nijs
November 20th, 2012

The Elements in a Great Mantra

A runner's brain, thinking about a mantra!Mantras are a tool that runners use to focus on a specific goal. In this way, we have come to see mantras as a “performance enhancer.” Most runners take this literally, using mantras to help them improve their performance on race day. However, the success of Born to Run has led to the increased popularity of more ambiguous mantras, focusing on seemingly unrelated things like health. Ultimately, they’ve ended up leading to better performance.

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November 13th, 2012

The Importance of Sleep For Runners

Sleeping DogWe spend a lot of time here at Sleek Running essentially begging runners to take care of their bodies. But staying healthy goes far beyond simply being careful. It involves actively resting.

What?

You need to take days off, on purpose – and you need to sleep. More.

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November 6th, 2012

Our Best Tweets – October 2012

We’ve worked hard to build a Twitter account (@sleekrunning) that shares not only articles from our own site, but articles from other websites and tweets from around the internet. Our mission is to help keep you healthy so you can enjoy running while achieving your goals. Wherever we find the best information, we’ll share it with you – no matter who it’s from.

However, for the first time, all the best content is from our own articles! Here are our best tweets from October

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