Your creative and intuitive center is in the right side of your brain. Running is one of the best ways to tap into your right brain, as long as you’re running slowly enough to stay within your capabilities. This right side is a reservoir of creative solutions to just about any problem, challenge or obstacle. Through pacing, walk breaks and blood sugar-boosting, you can cut down dramatically on stress, reducing the negative left brain messages so that you stay on the right (brain) track. To maximize time in the right brain, become sensitive to the stress buildup of your runs and the marathon itself. Only you have the complete power to reduce the intensity and disconnect the negative speaker of the left brain before it makes your running seem like work.  

Next week: “The Battle: Left Brain vs Right Brain”

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GET MOTIVATED by participating in the origins of our sport (and western democracy)! Join the team at Phidippides Running and Greek-American Dean Karnazes and connect to the rich history of distance running with scenic views, landmarks, and a fun podcast.