I’m here to share with you an approach to running that is very effective, enjoyable and has long term benefits. The concept is to view running differently than you probably currently do. I am suggesting you set a goal for running to be easier, not harder. Do you view running as a workout or mundane, exhausting activity? Keep reading because I want you to enjoy running as a life changing, effortless, soul satisfying journey.
You may be saying, “But I don’t want running to be difficult, it just is.” I am here to say it doesn’t have to be that way!
Why do you run? Maybe it is to stay in shape, lose weight or get a workout. Do you have specific running goals? To get faster, run a specific race or run farther. Well, I’m sure you have been told and believe that in order to reach these goals and have specific results you need to run more, burn more calories, run faster, work harder and sweat more. To be a better, faster runner you need to train more, train faster. Well, this approach isn’t very effective, leads to burn out and it sure doesn’t sound fun.
There is an alternative approach that is more effective, fun and will have long term results. Running can be effortless, fluid and enjoyable.
This is what I recommend. Decide to transform running into an enjoyable experience, even a moving meditation, by changing a couple of simple things. Choose a different purpose for why you run. Maybe to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Or because you love the feeling of movement. The feeling of setting a goal and accomplishing it. Maybe you can run for a good cause, a specific goal or higher purpose. Or maybe just because you truly love to run. I also suggest focusing on your technique, breath and the feeling of how you move. This can really transform running into a moving meditation and into a practice. Instead of running being a mundane workout, it becomes a lifelong journey full of lessons, incredible benefits and pure enjoyment.
I also suggest giving up the watch, the GPS and heart rate monitors. Skip the treadmill, the workouts and instead, head into the hills, mountains, woods and abundant beauty of Earth to play.
Instead of work, transform running into play by changing your mindset. Many successful elite runners approach running this way. Sure, they run very intensely. But it is approached as a playful, challenging and rewarding gift. Not painful work that has to get done which results in burn out and boredom. Learn to love running by changing why and how you run.
Finally, I recommend finding out more about Chi Running. Chi Running teaches you to run more efficiently so it is physically easier. It also transforms running into an enjoyable meditation and not a painful workout. You can learn to run more relaxed and effortlessly. Chi Running is easy to learn and the results are very rewarding and long lasting.
Sub-2:30 marathoner Dr. Mark Cucuzzella runs easier, not harder. Check out Natural Running Center
For more info about running with purpose, please check out Dreamchasers.
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