Fitness Intuition offers articles on feeling-based training for runners and other athletes.
Science has given us information that can help us plan our training. The experience of great athletes can also help. But when we’re out on the roads and trails, we’re on our own. Good training demands that we answer many questions quickly as they arise, without help from books or coaches. We need to know how to “listen to our bodies.”
The problem is, athletes are notorious for doing it badly. Too often, they let themselves be misled by voices of raw emotion and self-deceiving logic that lure them into training too hard, too long, or too often.
What’s needed is a way to hear what the body is really saying.
The body’s “still, small voice” can be a wonderful guide to training. Trouble is, it can be easily overwhelmed by restless thoughts, personal desires and ambitions, and the attractive-sounding theories of others.
Fitness Intuition is a way to hear what the body is actually saying.
The body talks to us continually through the feelings of the heart. Hearing that inner guidance requires that we filter out our personal prejudices and pay careful attention.
The heart is a wonderful guide to training. It’s a built-in monitor that can tell us what the body needs, moment by moment. The heart is also the place where a higher wisdom can guide us, if we invite it to do so.
Fitness Intuition can help us fine-tune our training for competitive results, or simply more enjoyable recreational running. The Fitness Intuition book offers essays and stories on the science and experience of feeling-based training. You can read the book online for free.
Fitness Intuition draws on the findings of sports physiologists such as Timothy Noakes, MD (author of Lore of Running) and David L. Costill, PhD (author of Inside Running, and the personal research of great athletes and spiritual teachers of many cultures.
George Beinhorn, the author of Fitness Intuition and the articles on this site, has been a runner since 1968. Now age 71, he lives in Mountain View, California, where he works as a freelance editor and writer with clients in technology, business, publishing, and academia.
For four years in the early 1970s, George was an assistant editor and staff photographer at Runner’s World. He has raced at distances from 100 yards to 100 kilometers (62.2 miles).
He welcomes your thoughts — you can send them through the contact page.