Running tips by Charne Bosman

Running tips by Charne Bosman
Are you an aspiring runner and not quite sure where to begin? South African long distance runner Charne Bosman (the women's champion at the Comrades Marathon in 2016) shares her best running advice. 


Tip 1

Write it down

Write down an affirmation that describes you, stating it in the present. For example: “I have put in the hard work and I’m ready to take on the challenge. I’m supremely capable of running 42 Kilometres in 5 hours. I’m in great shape and fully prepared for the Old MutualSoweto Marathon.” Use words that express it emphatically and in the positive.

Tip 2

Say it loud

This is the key: State your affirmations out loud, so that they become bold, spoken statements and not get lost in your subconscious chatter. Look yourself in the eye in the mirror and repeat it 10-20 times.

Tip 3

Trigger words

Choose trigger words that describe aspects of the checklist that you’ll be ticking when you’re training and racing. Say these to yourself while you’re running. For instance: “loose”, “smooth”, “easy”, “steady”, “shoulders down”, “relaxed arms”. Come up with ones that suit you and are instantly associated with good technique and strategy.

Tip 4

think positive thoughts
Lastly, think exclusively about previous positive experiences – don’t allow anything that historically had a negative outcome to enter your mind.
Bonus Tip
Every night before you go to bed, clear your brain and talk to yourself, defining and articulating your aims and objectives. Then visualise them happening before you drift off to sleep.