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Hey super people!!!
Welcome to Week 3 of the Autumn Speed Challenge - how does it find you?
I mentioned "storming results" last week; then it turned out that a lot of us had to run through a storm!
The data are looking great so far, take a look:
Any more results - tell me in the comments below!
For this week I want to talk about concentration.
I've been thinking about how my thoughts will occasionally wander during a run, and when I come to, I realise that I'm running really easily. Looking at my stats on Strava later, inevitably I will notice that my pace will drop during my reverie 😊 Has anybody else noticed this?
If you want to keep your pace up, you need to concentrate!!!
Many of you will have heard about the practice of Mindfulness:
I am a fan, although I prefer the term 'awareness'. I don't sit and meditate, but I like to be aware on the move. I do a body scan, and think about my pace and how it makes me feel on a scale of 1 to 10 (rather like the pain scale - pain again!). I've worked out roughly how I fare at each pace (easy, marathon, tempo, fast) so I can try to stick to it. This may sound like torture 😊 but it's really fine, and at the same time I am taking in the sights and sounds around me, which is lovely.
Those of you who have tried mindfulness will know that occasionally your thoughts will drift, and that is perfectly OK - just go with them for a short while, but then bring your attention back to the present. It's a refreshing feeling, and great for helping you focus on breathing faster, pumping those arms more quickly, and taking faster, lighter steps!
Eyes on the prize 😉💥
And have a wonderful week!!!!
ju-ju-, Sqkr, and roseabi xxx
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