Run easier, not harder

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 Wholistic Running and learning from a certified running instructor such as Damian.  Damian can teach you to run more efficiently so it is physically easier and transforming your running into an enjoyable meditation and not a painful workout.  You can learn to run more relaxed and effortlessly. Wholistic 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

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Why I Love Running

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I love running for the beauty, simplicity, community, love, pain, courage, struggle, and patience it brings into my life.  I hope to inspire you to love what you do and do what you love.

“The music of a marathon is a powerful strain, one of those tunes of glory.  It asks us to forsake pleasures, to discipline the body, to find courage, to renew faith and to become one’s own person, utterly and completely.”   -George Sheehan

I love watching other runners. The simplicity, grace, beauty, efficiency and joy.  I love seeing them smile, struggle, laugh, and cry all in one race.  I love running with other runners.  The community and compassion that builds between runners.  The friendships that form and the encouragement and struggles we share.  I love running alone.  The peace, tranquility, and quietness becomes a journey into my self.  The smile across my face when I find my self a part of nature.  The vastness of being in the mountains and the realization of how lucky I am.

I love running because it teaches me about my self and life.  The simplicity of running is a beautiful thing.  The more I can learn to live simply, the happier and more joyful I am.  Running has taught me the value of patience and determination.  An ultra running quote is “If you feel good, just wait”. The beauty of the quote is the truth it reveals.  If you feel miserable all you have to do is wait.  And the same is true in life.  Things change whether they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’.  Running has taught me to accept either and enjoy the beauty of both, the ‘good’ as well as the ‘bad’.

One of the greatest lessons I have learned from running is that pain is part of life.  It is suffering that is an option.  Suffering is truly a choice.  It is how we react to pain which determines if we suffer.  Because of running, I have learned that anything in life is possible.  Sure, it may take a lot of work.  It may take a lot of time, effort, sweat, tears, stress, and many ups and downs.  But with patience, courage, determination, anything truly is possible.  We have no boundaries!  

Running has become a moving meditation for myself.  I dwell within my self and ponder what else life has to bring.  Because I treat running as a practice the benefits are more intense, the positive feelings are more rewarding, and I experience more joy, clarity and peace.  Better doesn’t mean faster.  Most of the time for me, it means slowing down.  ‘Better’ at running to me means being able to go deeper within my body, mind and spirit.  I accomplish that by enjoying nature, focusing on my technique and by loving the activity and people I share it with.

I love running for how it makes me feel, the lessons I learn, and the people whom I share it with.  I hope you find this as well in whatever it is you love to do!

“There will never be a day when we won’t need dedication, discipline, energy, and the feeling that we can change things for the better.” -George Sheehan