Saturday, January 5, 2008
4 Blaine Moore Answers Your Marathoning Questions
Thanks to Cymrusteve, I found out about Blaine Moore's webcast/teleconference, in which he would answer our questions on marathoning that we'd previously submitted via email. All of the runners who were conferenced in today got the opportunity to chat with Blaine via webcast/teleconference, & listen to him talk about marathoning & of course, answer our questions. The call/session lasted an hour, & he gave very thorough answers.
He answered questions all sorts of questions on marathon training & recovery. Subjects included marathon training programs, race day preparation, pacing, weekly mileage requirements, & mental aspects of training & racing.
Towards the end of the call, Blaine read a great question that was actually quite humorous as well." If I recall correctly, the question was from a woman named Mary, & was as follows, "My question has to do more with the mental aspects of racing. What the heck do you think about for those 26.2 miles?!!!"
Blaine said that he didn't have a problem coming up with things to think about, as he often just looks around at his surroundings & thinks about his immediate environment.
He said that, from a competitive standpoint, it's easier to hone in on people in front of him, to try to catch up to them, or focus on people who are trying to gain on him, to try to keep them at bay, etc. He said that this is a much better strategy that focusing on mile markers, as it might be mentally deflating or fatiguing to you if you don't see mile markers for a while, or they aren't where you expect them to be.
He also recommended focusing on other people from a social aspect. He said that you'll find people who are frequently willing to chat with you during the race. This can be a lot of fun, & will help focus your mind occupy on things other than mile markers & water stations! Also, talking with other people during the race helps build a sense of kinship with other runners, i.e., what's most commonly referred to as "race-day camaraderie": During one particularly windy race, he was part of a group of runners who took turns shielding the wind from each other.
Of course, this is just one of the many questions he answered during the hour-long conference call.
Blaine's planning on digitally publishing his book on marathon recovery on January 15th (which also happens to be his birthday!). If you're interesting in finding out more details about Blaine or his book, or would like marathoning advice, please check out his blog Run to Win.
OK, I'll check in with you later. I'm going out for my run now!