Mike Giuffrida: Tips on Running
Mike Giuffrida’s Top 3 Tips on Training for a Marathon
For some people, sports and athleticism come naturally. For Mike Giuffrida, a place on his high school cross country running team was hard earned through grit, sweat, tears, and multiple injuries. Standing at 6’3”, Giuffrida was lucky to have the height for basketball, but his coaches quickly realized that he didn’t have the coordination for playing, nor the drive for winning.
After being cut from the team, long distance running seemed like something that Mike Giuffrida could really sink his teeth into. Eventually, he was able to achieve a sub-2-hour marathon.
Here are a few or his top training tips:
- Put your shoes on – Sometimes it’s that simple. Put your shoes on. Take that first step. Put one foot in front of the other. No matter how badly you did on your last exam, and despite that fight you had with your girlfriend, put your shoes on. Get out. Run. Often, before you know it’ you’ll get the rhythm and literally run with it.
- Have long term and short-term goals – Goals are a funny thing. Too lofty and they’ll lose all meaning once you realize the enormity of it, too easy and you probably won’t push yourself to your limits. One way to get around this is to have both long and short-term goals when you train. Set definite deadlines for your short-term goals, and never lose sight of your end goal. If you happen to achieve it, then set another long-term goal.
- Visualize performance – Think about what it will feel like before the starting gun. Imagine the crowd, the other runners, the media, if you’re expecting any. Imagine how it will feel like when you’re rearing to go, but you also know that you must conserve your energy. What will it feel like when you hit midway, or when you’ve got 10 miles left, 5 miles left… 1 mile left? Imagine pushing through to the finish. Once you do the actual thing, you would have already processed all your emotions, and you can better focus on the task at hand.
Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes said, “I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch.” Sometimes your motivation is as simple as that. Some runners run because they love it. Mike Giuffrida runs because he can’t live without it./