Mindful Running Can Make Running Effortless

Mindful Running can make you a better runner. It is becoming more and more popular among runners everywhere. They realize that running harder and training harder isn't the answer. Running should be effortless and enjoyable. Your running can become effortless too. Just remember that it's a skill, so practice running mindfully until it becomes your new habit.

Running mindfully means being in the present moment while running. Being in the Present Moment is concentrating only on what you are doing at exactly this moment. Each step, each breath, and each heartbeat can be your focus. This is where you exist and is where your focus should be.

The Present Moment

If you are someone who lives his or her life in the present moment, you cannot be unhappy. Each task has your full focus and you accept each moment as it is without judgment. You don't worry about what might happen because it doesn't exist in this moment. You plan for the future, but you don't live there. People who live this way are believed to have obtained Satori - the spiritual goal of Buddhism.

Practice Mindful Running

Practice this skill to improve your running. It will help you stay positive and remove fear and anxiety. You will be calm and relaxed. You will be more focused with increased body awareness. Running outdoors can help us run mindfully and focus on the Present Moment as it gives us the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Mindful Running

Start with your breath. Place all your attention on your breath. Concentrate on breathing in and breathing out. Notice the parts of your body that you can feel your breath. Try to run in step with your breath. Try two steps for each inhalation and two steps for each exhalation. The breath connects body and mind where optimal energy is achieved.

Then begin to focus on your inner body awareness and allow the positive energy to flow. You will become aware of your body and each movement. How is it moving? Do you need to make slight corrections to move effortlessly? Maybe you will notice tension in an area that you can consciously relax. You will be directed to correct your form. Your efficiency will be increased, but you remain in the Present Moment.

Begin to monitor the amount of effort that you feel is required to continue running. Notice what happens if you use less effort. Can you still maintain the same pace? 

Nirvana

With mindful running, you are totally aware and present to each moment and each step of your run. You are not thinking about dinner or what happened during breakfast this morning. Your total awareness is in this moment and you are enjoying each moment. You are running mindfully.


You are not running harder - you are running softer. You are running softly and silently. Your feet are not making any noise as they touch the ground. You breathe quietly. People cannot hear you when you come up from behind. Be careful that you don't scare them as you glide by!

This is what you want to achieve. You want to be a silent, peaceful runner. Calm, relaxed, positive and free from fear and anxiety. Running effortlessly with the body and mind in total awareness in the Present Moment. Practice mindfulness, run mindfully and stay pain and injury free.

To improve your relationship with food and increase your awareness while eating, try Mindful Eating.


Other related articles: 

Running Psychology 

Mindful Running Interview

You might like these

Back to top of Mindful Running

Return to Running and Meditation



FTC Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying  purchases. Learn more.


Comments! Questions?

Don’t see the comments box below? Log in to your Facebook account, give FB cookie consent if requested, then return to this page and refresh it.

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment or question in the box below.

If you like this page, please share it below or add your comments.



Solo Build It!

Recent Articles

  1. How to Avoid a Stress Fracture Injury!

    May 10, 22 06:53 AM


    How to avoid a stress fracture injury and what to do if you have one. It needs to be identified quickly so you can get back running sooner.

    Read More

  2. Happy to be running on a holiday resort again!

    Apr 27, 22 07:26 AM


    It was interesting to be running in Sharm El Sheikh again after the pandemic. The resorts are beautiful here but signs of economic depression caused by the pandemic and airport security concerns prio…

    Read More

  3. Got black toenails from running?

    Apr 19, 22 11:03 AM


    Got Black Toenails from Running? Learn how to treat and prevent them!

    Read More

  4. Make Your Own Natural Race Fuel

    Apr 05, 22 11:41 AM


    As runners we need to fuel our bodies with energy boosting foods and fortifying drinks to keep us going strong and properly hydrated. Natural race fuel is a healthier and cheaper solution to provide…

    Read More

  5. How to Overcome Tiredness While Running

    Mar 27, 22 12:51 PM


    Has this ever happened to you? You have just started running and you realize that you feel really tired. Your body just doesn't want to move. You feel heavy, running feels very difficult and you don…

    Read More

  6. Use Quantum Physics to Run Injury Free!

    Mar 23, 22 01:22 PM


    Discoveries in quantum physics can be used to help us create a more desirable reality including running injury free. Find out how.

    Read More

  7. The Best Online Running Training Camp!

    Mar 11, 22 02:12 PM


    What if you could run without fighting your body or feeling hobbled by pain? Imagine instead that when you run your body feels smooth, flowing, and free of unwanted tension. And imagine a way of runn…

    Read More

  8. Use Active Isolated Stretching to prevent running injuries!

    Mar 09, 22 10:28 AM


    Are your stretches dynamic or static? Active Isolated Stretching promotes dynamic stretching when the muscle is relaxed rather than contracted. Evidence indicates that only a relaxed muscle can be st…

    Read More

  9. The Core Action Program for Runners and Triathletes

    Feb 27, 22 12:13 PM


    The Core Action Program for Runners and Triathletes helps you master the fundamentals of comfortable, healthy, efficient natural running form. This program is for runners who want to learn to run hea…

    Read More

  10. Running in Puerto Vallarta

    Feb 22, 22 10:08 AM

    Running in Puerto Vallarta and Boca de Tomatlan can be challenging. This is where I ran while on vacation.

    Read More