I don’t (just) run
My running journey started 2 years ago. In the beginning, it felt great. I had found a beautiful way to decompress while exercising at the same time. It was when I decided to run the 10km of the Athens Authentic Marathon within a specific time limit that running took a new place in my life. It started being this obsessive and stressful habit. I had to run most days of the week, a specific distance with a given pace. I would follow the plan as if it was my Bible. What was supposed to make me happy was becoming a nightmare.
As a classic perfectionist, I was ranked within the 10 first runners in my category! However, that was the moment I said ENOUGH. I was fed up. I still loved running but not the way I did it. I became very angry with myself that I was the one making my body suffer. As I still loved running, I decided to continue running but in a different way. And then… I found heaven!!
From then on, I have been running whenever I feel like it, for as long as I want to. Soon enough running took the position of a meditative process. No, I’m not “oooom-ing” while running nor do I make stops to sit on the road and feel grounded. I am being fully aware of my present thoughts and feelings while analyzing and evaluating them. Oh and by the way, foolish me initially I thought I was the only one experiencing running that way. After a mini research on google I realized that, apparently, meditative running is the new…black!
This is where mindfulness comes in.
Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully present. It’s a mental state achieved by calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations without judgment. I have already written my exact running regime with my mindful approach! Cultivating non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts is actually easier during running, thanks to the unique brain chemistry and physiological arousal associated with exercise, along with the built-in distraction of the act of running. In fact, mind and body communication excels!
I think you now got the post’s title too. For me running is not just an exercise. It’s a way of communicating with my soul, my feelings, a way of pampering myself and increasing my energy and endorphin levels. However, that post-running toned legs are always welcome!
Anyway, my loves, if you haven’t tried it I’m dying to see your comments after your first attempt! Trust me, IT IS WORTH IT.
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