Thursday, May 3, 2012

Meditation is Running. Running is Meditation.

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I sometimes wonder whether I can actually make my goal of running 5km in under 30 minutes.  It just seems too hard at times.  I am chugging away on a treadmill, the lungs are burning and the legs are like lead.  Ugh.  Not fun.

And then I stumbled upon this article and my approach to running has completely turned around.

I realized it is not my body that is letting me down, but my mind.

Now when the body starts hurting, I think to myself that it just pain and I can run through it. I pick a spot on the wall, tune out my body, and relax as much as I can.  The pain fades, the body relaxes and I get the energy to power on.

I think of it as a form of meditation and it is working wonders for me.  Sometimes I get so zoned in that I get a form of tunnel vision.

As race day approaches, my training schedule is kicking up a gear.  Today I am doing two 10 minute bursts at near race pace as part of a 6km run.  Saturday sees me running 10km at a 90% race pace.

Without this new found mediation technique, I don't think I could do it.

Ideally, I would be running in silence and truly zone out, but I just love listening to Democracy Now! too damn much and don't want to give up my daily dose of human rights news.

2 comments:

  1. I don't think so... "Meditation is Running", Normally Meditation will do at silent place with out any disturb sounds.

    Meditation Guide

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  2. Your definition of meditation is so small.

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