Looking at an elite athlete running you will be impressed by his/her ability to run at a high speed. They make it seem very easy! They can keep going at a level of effort that seems impossible to maintain.
But is it easy for the elite runners than it is for the regular Joe?
A New York Times article examined this issue and experts interviewed gave running advise on How to Push Past the Pain, as the Champions Do.
Best Running Advice from the article
Even elite runners feel the pain the secret is that they push through the pain rather than stop or slow down.
On How to deal with pain when running?
- Focus intensely on your running, don’t let your mind drift away because you start slowing down.
- Athletes must resist the feeling that they are too tired and have to slow down. Instead, they have to concentrate on increasing the intensity of their effort.
To add my own idea on the subject
Don’t focus on your burning chest instead feel your legs. Every time I find myself slowing down I ask myself how my legs are feeling. Most times the answer is the legs are feeling strong. And I step up a gear.
To Read the full article go to New York Time Fitness Page