DR GEORGE SHEEHAN ON RUNNING.

DR GEORGE SHEEHAN ON RUNNING.

slide7Written and published back in 1975, it has a wonderful description of running a race that is well worth reading, so we have reproduced it here, but if you can ever get your hands on a copy we recommend it, even after 40 years much of it is still relevant as well as being a great read.

THE RACE!

On the starting line for that one silent moment. Then the start. Always faster than you remembered. The mind goes through the instructions. Relax. Push off with each stride. Run from the hips. Belly breathe.

At the half-mile mark, you settle for a pace that keeps breathing just bearable. Everything makes a difference. Every change in footing—grass, cinder, dirt or stone. A grade that would escape a surveyor adds its toll. The environment occupies you completely. Wind speed and direction, temperature and humidity can either aid or hinder. Forget the watch; the course runs different every time.Continue reading