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Motivational Running Techniques

Running Mentality

By Joseph MicalizioPublished 3 years ago 3 min read
Breathe. Just Breathe

Have you ever wanted to try and improve your running technique? Have you ever felt like you wanted to go faster or run longer than you have before, but each time that you do it feels as if though you cant? What if I told you that all it takes is just a little mental motivation inside of you telling yourself that you can push yourself beyond your limits and you can work harder to get faster or run longer. All you need to do is just take a pause while you're running and focus on the words in the next paragraph. These words come from the TV show 'The Flash', but I gotta say hearing it and saying it to myself when I am running does make me go faster at times and does make me want to push myself to finish strong. Whether your trying to improve your speed or build up your wind, these few simple words can help out anyone with their mental state while running.

While you're on your run and it's getting close to the end and you want to sprint it all out to finish strong or you've been running for awhile now and you're at a point of exhaustion, I want you to take a moment and focus on these words the next time you feel like this.

"Breathe. Just breathe. Feel the air, feel that wind on your face. Feel the ground beneath your feet, lifting you up, pushing you forward. Above all, feel the lightning. Feel its power coursing through your veins, crackling to every cell in your body, like a SHOCK! You're no longer you now. You're part of something greater. Part of the speed force, it's yours. Now do it."

If you're having some trouble with that technique trying to concentrate on that thought, that's quite alright. Everyone has their own ways of focusing on their running. It might not be that you need to visualize yourself going faster, sometimes all it takes is just a little positive reinforcement to be able to stimulate those brain waves inside your head. There's another quote from the Flash character Harrison Wells/ Reverse Flash that starts out positive but kind of takes a dark turn afterward, but what I want you to focus on are these few words that make you think about reasons why you want to get better or try to improve yourself.

"I want you to take a moment, and think about all the things that define your life. Your friends, your co-workers, your family, your home. And now imagine if one day all of that in a flash, vanished right in front of you. Now, would you simply accept your new life and move on with yourself. Or, would you do whatever it takes, to get it all back."

Yea I know that last part of the whole speed force thing doesn't make a whole lot of sense unless you really are a speedster, but when you think about it there actually is electricity in our bodies that travels throughout our central nervous system when our brain gives a command to one of our body parts asking it to move. It sends an electrical impulse to that part of the body and that's how it knows how to move. But the next time you feel like you need some extra motivation, just imagine yourself saying those words in your head, or even in the voice of Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells/Reverse Flash) and let that feeling fill you up and give you that extra push that you need and run your heart out.

It also does pose an important question. In an Endgame sort of sense, if the moment ever came where everything in your life that you hold dear, all the things good that you care about one day just up and vanished, what would you do? Some people find a way to make peace with it and tend to move on. But people who struggle to find a way to move past it or feel like they owe it to everyone and everything that vanished will undoubtedly do whatever it takes to get it all back.


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