“Bad runs are good runs”
makes mention of the mental
on a number of occasions. This goody
bag is a space reserved for running
experiences somewhere in our heads. OK so I’m
brain specialist or head shrink but work with me on this one.
There is a space somewhere in our psyche for useful information which
we are able to retrieve when we recognise the need to.
There are many names for the goody
Some running folk use the term “in the bag” or “one
for the bag”. My Fish
club mate, Jim Harwood (30 Comrades medals)
refers to the goody bag
jar”. Whatever you call it, just make sure you use
In “Bad runs are good runs”
I explain how to gather the information relating to a “bad
run” and storing it in the goody
bag. Basically it boils down to “owning the
situation”, looking at the reasons for the said situation and the
way you survived the run. The thing is, bad runs are not the
thing we store in the goody
Remember the buffet
analogy? Use the goody
to store the applicable information and experiences, good and bad, that
you have gained through your training for Comrades.
On race day you will be able to tap into your goody bag and you
confident that you have a solution to almost any problem!
goody bag, running experiences
links: Bad runs are good runs,
Comrades, medals, buffet table
Official Comrades Marathon
website, Fish Hoek Athletic Club