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Running Mindfully January 20, 2014

Filed under: Thoughts and Things... — ladyashton @ 10:36 am
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Shortly after dinner tonight, I went for my 5K run. Well, when I say “shortly,” what I really mean is nearly two hours later. Anyway, I thought I had given myself plenty of time to digest dinner and go for a good run. Well, I did have a good run, until my mind started to take control of my achievement.

 

I did not hit a PB. I did not run fast. I did not feel exhilarated after my run. I just ran. And I ran 5K. Period. However, as I was stretching, I was reflecting on my run and coming up with all sorts of excuses for my “bad time.”

 

“I ran too soon after eating. I shouldn’t have done that.”

 

“I’m still tired from yesterday (and the day before). I should have taken today off.”

 

“The wind was blowing against me; it hurt my stride.”

 

“Adam wasn’t with me today to help me keep pace.”

 

And so on and so forth. I mean, you get the drill, right?

 

Thankfully, I began thinking of one of my goals for 2014: to be more mindful. Then my thinking began to change.

 

So what have I achieved tonight? I ran 5K. Do I feel good having gone out and run? Yes. Would I have rather stayed home? Hell no! Will I go out again tomorrow? Yes. Do I remember when I could barely run at all? Yes yes!! Shouldn’t I be proud of myself, then? *hangs head in shame* Yes.

 

Of course, being mindful is something I need to practice on a regular basis. In fact, I find myself practicing it all the time. Taking a deep breath when things begin to bother me. Looking for the positive when faced with something negative. Letting things go.

 

Letting things go.

 

Things go.

 

Go.

 

Go run.

 

Go run mindfully.

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