Monday, June 14, 2010

Zen Running

Some runners are obsessed with running for time.  You know the type--runners who never run without their Garmin.  They are the ones checking their watch at every mile.  I used to run with a group of "Garmin runners."  At every mile, they call out the time.  It makes my run feel like a chore.  And anticipating the announcement of the time makes the run feel even longer.

Well, I have a challenge for all you Garmin runners.  Leave your Garmin at home!  I dare you.  Every once in a while, give yourself a vacation and just run.  This is what I like to call "Zen running," not worrying about what mile you are at or the pace your are running.  Instead, concentrate on your breathing.  Look kindly into the eyes of every runner you pass and offer a smile.

I know it's tough to do.  Runners are naturally competitive; if not with others, with themselves.  And every race time for them has to be better than the last.  I should know.  I am one of them.  It took an injury to help me discover Zen running.  Try it.  It certainly renewed my love for running.

So remember, not every run has to have a purpose.  When you find yourself speeding, ask yourself, "What's the rush?"

Happy Zen Running!

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree! I started leaving my Garmin at home because I was really feeling overwhelmed on my runs. No matter how hard I tried not to look, I did. And then I'd get annoyed if I wasn't running fast enough. Stupid competitiveness!

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