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Archive for Running Systems

October 30th, 2012

Finding “The Zone” – How Runners Achieve Flow

Chart Describing FlowTo some, running is a chore, a punishment, a burden, or a necessary evil. Those people probably aren’t visiting this website. Competitive and the majority of recreational runners run because they want to – not because they are forced. But, even though most runners choose to run, not everyone truly enjoys or loves it. People have different motivations, whether they think it will help them lose weight, get healthy, contribute to a cause – some ulterior motive.

Long-time runners love running. Many of them speak of running as a “release” or a “way to decompress”. Still others use it as a way to spur creativity, or as a way to focus on a single thing for a period of time. The one thing that all of these responses have in common is that at they are all non-competitive reasons. They all come from a place of zen-like calmness, not competitiveness. So if these people can learn to enjoy running, there is no reason that you can’t learn from them. Let’s explore this concept further.

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August 28th, 2012

What is a Mantra?

What is a Mantra - Pack of Runners

Learning to harness your mind is one of the most powerful things you can do as a runner.

By definition, a mantra is “a phrase that you continually repeat to yourself for motivation”. It’s a psychology trick that runners have used for years. But what really is a mantra?

Think of a mantra as a tool you can use to help you improve your performance. Most runners use a repetitive phrase consisting of three or four words. Or, they repeat a single statement over and over again. They allow you to harness the power of your mind. In essence, you’re using your mind as a performance enhancer.

Have you ever wondered why runners keep breaking world records? When Roger Bannister ran the first sub 4 minute mile, people believed that humans could not run that fast. They believed people were too physically limited to do such a thing. Now, there are high school kids that run this fast.

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June 22nd, 2012

How To Automatically Check and Correct Your Form Mid-Run With No Effort

Runner during a raceIf you’re the person who gets tired near the end of the race and starts to fall back, this could be the most valuable information I’ll ever give you. And, if you’re the person who starts out training strong, but eventually succumbs to injury, this can help immensely with your ability to train to the level you desire.

Recently, we’ve paid a lot of attention to running systems. We’ve explained what they are and how they can help your training. One of the best uses for running systems is to perform a self-correction of your form periodically throughout your run. Doing this helps when you’re deep into a run, getting tired and starting to slip. Once you’ve made good form a habit, you can you quickly run through these steps at any time, correcting your form, preserving energy, and preventing injury.

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June 8th, 2012

How To Get Running Systems To Work For You

Yes, I'm using a picture of a labrynth to show a systemRecently, we posted about what running systems are and a little bit about why they can help make you a better runner. Now, we’re going to explain a few examples and show you how to create your own. This way you can reap the benefits of running systems by limiting the stress you experience trying to cram training into your schedule. You’ll be able to create lifestyle habits that allow you to maximize the return you get on your training.

They key is to look for spots where you are struggling with consistency. Look for pain points that get on your nerves. These are the types of things that systems are perfect for. You can fall back on the process you create instead of worrying about consistency or being annoyed about something. And here’s the best part: it is very easy to do. Upfront work is required – but you don’t need to do much to get in a groove because it’s easy to create habits when you are doing things you like or are good at. That’s the important thing. You’re not forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do. This is not a diet. You’re simply identifying small successes and logically combining them to create a habit (or lifestyle, if you prefer) that includes all of them.

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June 1st, 2012

What Are Running Systems? (You NEED To Know This)

If you’re looking for a magic bullet to improve your 10K time, I hate to break it to you, but it doesn’t exist. There are thousands of little tips and tricks to help you, but these tips aren’t supremely helpful to you in a vacuum. You need a way to put everything together, to string everything you know together in a consistent, repeatable way that allows you to track your progress and grow as an athlete. Too many runners follow a training plan from a random magazine they bought at the airport (the plans aren’t bad, but your implementation might be), and expect results. That’s silly, because you need to account for life. Big things, like external stress, family life, lack of sleep, that pesky thing known as your job can interfere with your training plan in big ways. But sometimes, it’s the small stuff that makes a big difference…

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