and using as many running tips as possible is a good thing. If you have
done much competitive or leisure running at all, you probably understand
something about running that most non-runners never will grasp.
To the outsider, running is purely a physical sport. Whoever runs the
fastest wins the race. Period. Needless to say, this is a very simplistic
view of running. Runners know that although physical skill comes into
play in a race, the mentality of the runner is just as important as
the physicality of the runner.
Because running is much more of a mental challenge than many people
think, it makes sense to try to utilize as many running tips as possible.
Included here are a few tips that might be able to help you as you race
• Let the draft protect you – One of the
best running tips that a person who is running a race that is longer
than 200 meters should understand is that drafting really can be effective.
Drafting occurs when you stay to the right and to the back of the runner
ahead of you. If there is any kind of wind that day, the runner just
ahead of you is taking the brunt of the wind on himself, while you are
essentially using him as a shield. This allows you to keep your energy
and forces your competitor to use more.
• You are a wedge – Running into the wind
can be a difficult thing to do because it can knock you off balance.
It also can be mentally deflating because a strong wind can make it
physically harder to run. A simple mind trick here can help immensely.
When you are on a straight stretch and the wind is blowing into you,
imagine that you are not a runner, but instead you are a wedge. This
makes you feel as if you are cutting through the wind coming at you.
This might sound strange, but it definitely is one of the most effective
running tips for running in wind.
• Intimidate – You may not think that
runners (with their skinny frames and long legs) look too intimidating.
Runners may not intimidate football players, but they can intimidate
each other. One of the best ways to do this is to run right on the heels
of another runner for several hundred meters (depending on the race).
He will not only hear your footsteps, but he will literally feel you
breathing down his neck. When the time comes for you to pass him, it
is important that you dig deep and pass with as much power as you can.
Do not simply pass and slow down a couple of meters in front of your
competitor. You will want to pass and run hard until you are dozens
of meters in front of him. This is one of the most effective intimidation
running tips because it will dishearten your competitor. You obviously
cannot keep up the pace that you passed him at, but he does not know
that and may mentally give up the moment he sees you take off.
• Pay attention to form – The sprinter
will pump his arms quickly as he runs his 100 or 200 meters, but as
for the rest of us, we shouldn’t be pumping our arms much at all.
Whereas the pumping of arms in sprinters can increase speed, if a person
who is running a distance race pumps his arms, he is merely wasting
energy. The only time when pumping your arms for a distance runner can
be beneficial is when he is sprinting to the finish line.
Using these mental running tips will make you a more effective runner.