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MAP Training - Do you meditate before you run?

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What is MAP Training for Runners?

by Kathleen Lisson



As a RRCA certified running coach in San Diego, I was interested to find out more about the concept of MAP or Mental and Physical Training. Scientists at Rutgers University have found that in a study of 52 participants over an 8 week period, practicing MAP twice a week for an hour each workout resulted in a reduction in depressive thoughts in persons with a diagnosis of nonpsychotic Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and "individuals without a clinical diagnosis of MDD also reported significant reductions in depressive symptoms." 

MAP training consists of a three part workout. First, the athlete will practice 20 minutes of meditation that focuses on the breath. Then, there is a transition to 10 minutes of walking meditation with a focus on the feet. Finally, after a five minute warm up, the athletes participate in 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise. Keeping the intensity to 50 - 70% of VO2 peak can be monitored by paying …