After ten years of competitive racing, I moved to Washington, DC to coach track at Georgetown University. Up until graduation from Syracuse University, running ran my life. In order to perform my best, I needed to live a certain lifestyle and that lifestyle was integral to my development as an athlete, as a person, and my identity. When running and racing stopped, the conveyer belt of life stopped as well. I experienced the feeling of stepping off a treadmill. Floating. Without any given direction to float towards. This sensation led into a new chapter of my life, the confusion chapter.
Hear me out. Consider the possibility of increasing your speed while reducing tension in your body. Just five minutes of pre-run meditation can help you make this happen by easing residual tension (habitual inefficient energy use) before you even lace up, freeing up all available resources to take flight.