What a lovely, sunny day in New York City today!
I visited a college friend who now works at one of my favorite little stores…
What better way to begin a season of (hopefully) injury-free running than with a new pair of Brooks Ghost shoes:
My friend had me run on a treadmill and told me, as I’ve heard many times before, that I have a perfectly neutral foot. I could be a shoe model for shoe developers, apparently.
I’ve never run in the Ghost model before but I’m really excited to try it out.
To add to my “running injury-free” preparation/knowledge, I’m reading Smart Marathon Training by Jeff Horowitz.
Mr. Horowitz discusses something I find very interesting, something I’m reading about in another book called RUN: The Mind Body Method of Running By Feel by Matt Fitzgerald; the mind and how it affects training and speed.
Mr. Horowitz discusses an adaptation theory of Dr. Tim Noakes, a leading expert in the exercise science field.
“Dr. Noakes thinks that the upper limit of our speed is set not by our muscles but by our minds” (page 26).
Basically, Dr. Noakes found no physiological measurements that explained why an elite athlete would “shut down” during speed work. He goes on to explain his belief in “the Central Governor; an autonomic part of the brain that calls the shots to protect us from our own recklessness” (page 27).
He references how world records by highly trained athletes only decrease by small increments at a time (even with all the training and technology, and even when accounting for illegal activities/drugs) rather than “just plummeting to their final position” as should theoretically happen.
“He assumes, reasonably enough, that athletes who take aim at world records think of breaking them, but not by leaps and bounds. This creates a target only for a certain effort level, even if a greater effort might actually be attainable” (page 27).
Does it matter that we may be able to teach our brain that our body won’t “shut down” if we push harder? Is is safe? I don’t know, but I thought it was interesting to learn about Dr. Noakes’ theories on running and the brain.
In other exciting news, when I walked into my apartment today, I found this waiting for me:
My NYC Marathon finisher’s certificate finally came in the mail, complete with times and statistics of where I finished in my age group, overall, etc!
What a lovely, running-filled day! (Minus the NOT running…hmmm.Unless you count the two minutes of shoe testing).
Do you love getting new shoes too? What do you think of the theory that our mind controls our running speed? Do you think elite athletes beat world records by small amounts because their mind is only focused on that specific time, or do you think it’s indeed physiological? Let’s discuss!