By now you probably know it’s very rare when I listen to music when I run. Actually I can’t remember the last time I did it. I truly enjoying listening to the various sounds out there and most importantly my body.
There are a few more reasons for that but I won’t rehash those today… Instead I’ll chat about how to build a positive dialogue while you run.
I’m aware of the bad thoughts. They happen. Often sometimes. Like I mentioned before, when you do long distances, it’s a roller coaster of feelings. You feel great, you feel terrible. And back and forth. But just concentrating on form usually helps. I guess whatever you think about happens so might as well think about being light on your feet then thinking about how sucky you feel…
I try to fill my head with positive thoughts, usually something to the fact that I’m a machine or that running is easy. But then I usually just go back to a few physical or form cues (elbows low and back, push up with the crown of your head, tall and fall, etc). Repeat. And again.
One of the pillars behind ChiRunning is running from within, so you’re not going outside for stimuli. And ever since I’ve adopted that philosophy it’s made it much easier to just go out there and just enjoy thinking about nothing really.
The funny part if when I’m not really thinking about anything is when the best thoughts come to mind. And there’s a scientific proof behind that. I have a bunch of anecdotes but now more and more my friends are telling me it happens to them as well.
So get out there and re-program your mental soundtrack while you’re running to turn into a fun adventure.
It’s not going to be easy at first but I promise you’ll enjoy the distance a lot more and who knows what will come to mind…