The enlightened runner!
What precautions do you take when you go for a run in the dark?
I’ve written before about rockmyrun, a great website where you can download playlists for free.
You can even search for the particular genre of music you like. What I love most about Rockmyrun is that it doesn’t cost you any money. Just by becoming a member, you earn one point per month, and most playlists require 1 point ‘payment’. Since I’m a country and western kind of girl, I seldomly ‘buy’ their playlists, because most of them are not my kind of music, so I’ve already got 7 points.
But when I got their message they had a special playlist for moms, Manic Mommies Escape Mix, I immediately rushed over there, and ‘bought’ it. I tried it out this morning, and the first song really got me running. It was awful! It was like being at home, with all the kids around me, shouting and arguing. I never ran so fast. Luckily the ruckus didn’t last too long, and soon other songs played which I can’t remember anymore. Except that they were no country and western songs… So to properly inform you I’ll add the description on RockMyRun:
‘The mix begins with an ode to motherhood before kicking off a fun ride of female artists spanning 4 decades. From Pink and Adele, to No Doubt and Alanis Morrisette, Pat Benatar and Whitney Houston, to Gloria Gaynor and Fleetmood Mac there is a little bit of everything in this mix, but all with one focus – a salute to the Mom’s of the world!’
The playlist lasts about 45 minutes, but I got home just when ‘I will survive’ started playing. Finally a song I really liked, and my run had finished.
The Manic Mommies Escape Mix is not for me, but it díd get me running faster than I normally do, because I tried to get away from all the noise.
I don’t think I’ll be playing it again, but maybe you’ll enjoy it. After all: it’s free!
It’s Summer Vacation, and the living should be easy, but I’m feeling hurried and frazzled. Adrenaline is coursing through by body like the bus in the movie Speed, without any apparent reason. And it’s become a wellknown fact this is not a healthy state of body!
Luckily I can turn to running to make sure the excess adrenaline is transported out of my body in a healthy way. By using the adrenaline that is so pointlessly there to run, my body starts to make sense again. And after a run, I feel much calmer and more centered.
Still, I often feel like the Alabama song: I’m in a hurry and don’t why. But I suppose this song is a sign of the time we live in, and it’s up to us to stop hurrying!
Do you sometimes feel hurried without any reason?
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The kids are home from school. Again.
And I’m busier than ever. Again.
This morning when I woke up, I thought to myself: ‘Who ám I?!’ And I wasn’t sure what the answer was. When this happens I know just what to do: I go out for a run. And not just any kind of run, but a Mindful Run.
So I scrolled through my music list, ignoring my beloved Country and Western songs, and chose the ‘Mindful Running Podcast‘. This podcast consists of a pyramid run: you start by running 1 minute, then walking 1 minute, building up to a grand total of 3 minutes! After you’ve done 3 minutes, you then taper down to subsequently 2 minutes, then 1 minute. All in all, it’s an 18 minute run.
What’s so mindful about this podcast, is that the ‘running coach’ tells you to ‘stay in the moment’. She admonishes you to pay attention to how you feel, how your feet touch the ground, to consider your breathing etc. And I must say, this really helps me. I need someone to tell me to pay attention to myself.
But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Even with the voice telling me what to do, my mind wanders. So I did the run three times, and the third time I finally saw a glimmer of me!
And I almost know the answer to the question: ‘Who am I?’
It starts with an ‘N’.
Do you practise mindful running?