When mindful running turns against you
April 18, 2015
Mindful running is hot.
It means being aware of every step you take. Every bréath you take. I think this sounds very enlightened. So I wish I could tell you I am a mindful runner. But the sad truth is I am not.
In fact the more my mind is distracted from what I'm doing, the better I run. Which is why I listen to country and western songs during my runs. They take my mind off of the running. When I'm running I think of my mind as this big, bad agressive dog. So I throw it a bone (music) to keep it o
cupied, while I'm doing my thing.
Because if my head is in it, every step become a struggle.
Unfortunately my playlist has become a bit old. I've heard all the songs so many times, they're not enough to keep my mind occupied. Which is why I accidentally ran very mindful last week. I was aware of every step I took. And believe me: that's not a good thing.
Because all I could think was:
'This is terrible! I wanna stop. Can I stop?'
It took all my willpower to keep running.
So when I got home, first thing I did was create a new playlist. So now my mind is happy again. Chewing on country and western songs while my body is on the move.
So mindless running works best for me.
What works best for you?
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