Whether you love to run, or you only do it for the health benefits, there may be times that you feel like you truly hate it. The other side of the coin is the great, wonderful joy that running can be and, the important lessons that are gleaned from the trials and tribulations of learning to master your body and your energy. Let’s take a look at some of the scenarios when running can feel like more trouble than it’s worth, and turn those negative connotations around. Finding the positive in difficult situations is the first step to creating more consistent joy in your life and your running.
Unbelievably running does just that, if you allow yourself to focus on running as a process for you and not simply an outcome to be squeezed into a challenge frame of mind then you learn to be compassionate to yourself, your awareness of who you are becomes heightened and, if following a form based approach to running, then your understanding of what a moment can bring becomes clear. When I teach chi running I emphasise that I am not teaching a static fixed movement that is rigid but an awareness that the window of balance is fluid, this moves depending on the surface, gradient or just with you.