30 Oct '12, 3pm

Raise your athletic IQ--here's how: #runningtips

Whether you're trying to finish your first race, nail a PR, or increase your weekly mileage, runners who are most successful in achieving their goals have a high "athletic intelligence." That's a catchy way of saying these athletes are skilled at reading their body's cues and making the necessary on-the-spot adjustments–to pace, form, or attitude–to power through their workouts and races, says Dominic Micklewright, Ph.D., a sports psychologist at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. Here's how you can raise your athletic IQ to reach your full performance potential. Tune Into Your Body Many runners try to ignore the various twinges and aches they experience during a workout. Rather than spending the run dismissing these sensations, "pay attention and learn what they mean," says Micklewright. Your goal is to get to the point where you know your body so well that yo...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-267--14...

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