11 Oct '12, 1am

What do you think about while running? Use it to become a better runner. Here's how:

Running is the ultimate power vacation—no BlackBerrys, no kids, no bosses. But all's not quiet in the brain while you're pounding the pavement. In fact, you're performing mind acrobatics: problem-solving, making your to-do list, even drifting to a calm state. "Running gives you the freedom to access those inner processes that the busy outer world often robs you of," says James P. Brennan, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of human behavior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Studies show that elite runners tend to stay focused on the run—on things like form , pace, and the way their bodies feel. The rest of us flit around four major thought bubbles: organizing, problem-solving, wandering, and pondering. "A lot of people will shift back and forth during a run, or depending on the day," says Michael Sachs, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at Temple University in Phila...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-267--13...

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