Last night I did not have the world’s best run. But on the upside it also wasn’t the world’s worst run! 🙂
Because I spent a good chunk of spring running on the treadmill, I’m still acclimating to the heat and humidity of (pre) summer. Give me two weeks of straight outdoor running and I’ll be there!
While I was on vacation I noticed that my runs felt totally effortless. My calves weren’t tight at all and the minutes ticked by so quickly. It made me realize just how much of an effect the daily grind has on running.
When you can lace up after a perfect night’s sleep, properly hydrated, stress free and care free, the experience of training reaches a whole different level.
If I could somehow feel the way I felt during vacation throughout my entire Chicago training cycle that would be amazing. Does anyone know a genie?
I’m definitely going to take steps to get into bed earlier and drink more water, those things are within my control. The stress part is a big harder to anticipate and avoid.
Recently Jack Thompson reached out to me about a guided meditation album for runners he created. Jack, an avid runner, kindly donated to my Team PAWS fundraiser in exchange for a review of the album. To be honest, I’m really glad he reached out, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Now, I have never really tried to meditate before, and I wasn’t even sure what guided meditation was. Of course it’s exactly what it sounds like, a soothing voice instructs you on what to think about and how to breathe to achieve a really relaxed and thoughtful state. What makes Jack’s album perfect for the blog is that it’s meant to be listened to while you run!
You can listen to sample tracks of the album here, each track is voiced by a meditation expert.
I told Jack that I personally enjoyed listening to the album while I was at home. I tried listening to it while I was running but I am so used to upbeat music that I just couldn’t get into it on-the-go. At home I would listen to the guided meditations and visualize myself having a perfect training run. I would even sometimes visualize myself running Chicago and having a perfect day. It definitely helped me unwind, de-stress and feel less anxious about what is going to be a challenging training cycle.
When you listen to it while running I think it would really help you get in-tune with your body. For instance, the One with Everything track has you focus on your breathing, your stride, your arm movement; all things you forget to notice if you tend to zone out like I frequently do. Some of the others help you zone out a little bit and relax into the run, as you reflect on being thankful for your health.
I know there is going to be no way I’m going to be stress-free the entire Chicago training cycle (which starts next week), but I’m glad I have a copy of Running Deep to help keep the stress in check.
Hope you have a great weekend!
What do you like to do to de-stress?
Escaping into a good book is a favorite of mine.