Overall, the running motion should feel smooth, and there should be no tension in your neck, back, shoulders or legs. Even during the last half mile of a hard workout or race, try to maintain the three main elements of good form, and you’ll stay relaxed: upright posture, feet low to the ground, and relaxed stride. You should not try to push through tightness and pain. Adjust your form to reduce aches and recovery time.

Tip: If you feel yourself tightening up, talk to the muscles, tendons, neck and back as you make form adjustments. Tell yourself to take a good breath and run like a “puppet on a string.” This conscious act can help shift control to the conscious frontal brain and away from the reflex brain. As you do the “puppet” (or whatever helps you relax), you will be re-programming the reflex brain to do this automatically in the future. It may take dozens of retraining sessions to see this happening.

Jeff Galloway Resources: www.jeffgalloway.com Visit the E-Shop where you will find “Mental Training For Runners – How to Stay Motivated” and other books for your running library. 

Join us in Atlanta for the 2016 Jeff Galloway Race Weekend! To register or find out more information on the JG 13.1 race, Barb’s 5K, Fit Kids Run and other weekend events go to: https://jeffgalloway131.com    New this year: THE DOUBLE G!

 Register for the Double G and get a JG-branded puffer vest!*
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to complete the First Annual Double G! The Double G includes everything you love about the Jeff Galloway Race Weekend (the JG 13.1, Barb’s 5K, and the Jeff Galloway Race expo) with an extra 3rd medal for completing both races!
 https://jeffgalloway131.com/race-day/double-g/

*While supplies last