PB running

Posted on May 18, 2013

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article-new_ehow_images_a07_tc_8v_tell-peanut-butter-goes-bad-800x800PB I hear you cry?  Personal Best?

No no, today a quick tip re a wonderful analogy I heard on an interview recently.

When it comes to your race strategy, think peanut butter. 

Consider that we’re each like a jar of peanut butter, which is filled according to our training, health, strength, stamina, courage, endurance and experience.  Now, think of a racecourse as if it were a slice of bread.  Look at the bread and make a plan to completely cover every inch of it.

At a race start, there’s normally plenty of peanut butter inside us, ready to be used, but we have to be smart and controlled about how we spread it out.

The trick is to spread it out like you were spreading it with a knife onto a super soft slice of bread, from one side to the other, until the bread is fully covered and there remains no peanut butter left on the knife at the end.  This readers, is how we must run.

We want to spread our peanut butter perfectly … we want an even amount to be spread from corner to corner … spread too thinly and we’ll tear up the bread, too thick and we won’t get to all four corners. Similarly, if we dump it all out at once, at the beginning of a race, there’ll be nothing left at the end but if we wait to spread the bulk of it out at the end, it might be too late to use the full jar and our potential.

So the next time you find yourself at a start line, tell yourself to spread the peanut butter … and in fact, this isn’t just a great metaphor for how to run, but for almost anything — training, nutrition, balance, living life in general!

You see, the key to successful long distance running is not so much the getting from A to B as fast as possible but rather the successful execution of your strategy … getting your pacing, fuelling, kit, hydration etc all spot on and if all comes together on the day, you finish in style.

But how many of us have the patience, planning and foresight to divide and spread our peanut butter throughout the course of a race that optimal efficiency and the ultimate in performance is achieved?  It isn’t about winning a race but about reaching our fullest and truest potential.  It isn’t about having a better time, but about reaching our true personal best. 

I know I for one, shall certainly be thinking about how to perfectly spread my own PB in the run up to my next race …

Happy running!

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