Stress vs form

Discussion in 'Barefoot & Minimalist Running' started by Bill B, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Bill B Barefooters

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    Just an observation, but recently I have noticed that if while running, my thoughts are focused on the daily grind, work/home stresses, my form goes to crap! I find that if I focus on relaxing, whether the tracks in the ditch are doe or buck, the smell of wood burning fireplaces as I run by etc, my runs are more enjoyable and my muscles are less tense. Just a thought!!

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  2. peter.robinson Barefooters
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    I've noticed similar things. If I'm thinking of work my shoulders tense and lift and I get all stiff. Things feel much more free flowing when I'm looking at the trees, birds and the trail
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  3. Barefoot Gentile Barefooters

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    True. Just one of the many of the reasons I run is to decompress from worldly activities and stresses of life. That alone time when running is a time to think of nothing and make sure it's about the moment, my surroundings, and just being outside.

    The shoulders are a great indication if you are running stressed. If you need to drop the shoulders, you are not running relaxed.

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  4. Scratch Barefooters
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    I'm getting slowly better at keeping the shoulders relaxed, it's a long-ingrained habit of mine to carry the stress I feel in the shoulders.

    I also try to imagine my legs as being feathery light springs, that seems to help.

    Every now and then I'm able to zone out and obliterate all language from my thinking. Maybe if I keep practicing at it some day I'll have a whole run where I don't think anything that is expressed in words.

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  5. Bare Lee Chapter Presidents
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    Visualize yourself running while sleeping and sleeping while running. They'll become the same thing eventually, around midpoint/midnight, and then you'll wake up when you cross the finish line/or cross the finish line when you wake up.

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  6. JosephTree Barefooters
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    Amen.

    I find that just exercising presence is often the ticket for me. I love to be in that groove of breathing, posture, terrain, surroundings, underfoot texture and temp awareness, etc.

    Save the stress for the treadmill!

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  7. Bill B Barefooters

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    I agree! Sometimes it's hard when it's dark, windy and -20C!

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  8. JosephTree Barefooters
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    Move south young man!

    I am certainly with you. This winter has put an especially major bite in my running. I can't believe that I'd actually look forward to running indoors on a track that's 1/16 mile long! Spring is JUST AROUND THE CORNER, though.

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  9. Sid Barefooters

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    Now, that you mention it, I rather enjoy running, more so in environments that demand my attention. Running in the early morning darkness and on trails really makes me pay attention, and helps keep my mind away from the daily grind.
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