Anyway. The point of the game was to keep in rhythm as you said different numbers and each person was assigned to represent a different number. At the beginning it was easy because the numbers were in order. But as the game advanced, the numbers started getting OUT of order and when people would mess up, they would get kicked out/eliminated from the game. Besides the ORDER changing, the game
would start picking up it’s tempo as well which added to the intensity.
- Find runner with a stride that isn’t too drastically different that your own at a pace slightly faster than yours.
- Tuck in directly behind or diagonally beside the person you are trying to keep in rhythm with
- Get into rhythm
- Focus on staying in that rhythm...AND NOTHING ELSE
1 Mile warm-up
Sub 7 minute pace runners
Sub 7 to 8 minute pace runners (6 miles)
9 to 12 minute per mile runners
1 Mile cool-down
Last night’s workout was a true test of the game’s power. The game, up until this point, had been holding a steady tempo (pace/rhythm), but last night’s run took the tempo up a notch, and I’m happy to say, the other players weren’t able to shake me off, or eliminate me. The workout was a 1 mile warmup, then 6 (1 mile loops) continuous with a segment of each lap at a much stronger pace. I locked into different people throughout the workout to keep me in the game. My only goal was to find what strides were most comfortable to keep in rhythm with.
"Running is a mental sport...we're all insane."
-Seen on a runner's T-shirt
After the 6th lap, I wanted to keep going and I felt like I could but I knew there was enough in the gas tank, but I finished what I had set out to do. It took me the mile cool-down to realize that I had just matched my 10k PR, in a controlled, level-headed, fun (game-like) manner.
If you try the keep-in-rhythm Game, let me know how it works out for you! But remember, one of the keys to the game is to keep in rhythm with the right person and trusting that your body is capable of more that we give it credit for.
If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something, you’ve never done. ~JD Houston