On my lunch break today I went for a run. Just half an hour across the fields in the sunshine. It was perfect. Made all the better because of Freddie, my sister’s Bedlington Terrier, who came with me.
Usually when I run I do some Brain Training exercises. Counting as I run I focus my attention on my movements and my breath and then at set intervals I let my mind go free until it wanders, then I focus my attention again. This is a great thing to do when you have a busy mind, it really stops you cluttering your run with your worries and allows you to enjoy the experience to the full. The best thing is that as you let your mind go free your legs go free, try it, either in run or walk, just open your mind and watch. Seemingly with no extra effort all of a sudden you are striding out, it is really amazing! I’m pretty sure you could apply this to almost any sport, cycling, swimming, definitely walking. Too much thinking really does slow us down.
Today however, Freddie kept me mindful, we were both completely in the moment, playing as we ran. It was like a game of cat and mouse, I ran she stopped and sniffed, I shouted woo….a….woooo and she charged past me turning to look at me as she went by. It was brilliant. It really was the thrill of the chase! We got across the fields and ran down a lane for a few hundred meters before getting back onto fields, we charged along the empty road, spurred on and inspired by each other, both absolutely loving it.
Any running coach will tell you that interval sessions are a sure way to improve your speed. Making a game out of your run is a great way to introduce intervals in a natural way without forcing it. I know I pushed myself more than usual today, it was a really good work out, Freddie’s playfulness was to thank.
A brilliant worry free run full of fun followed by a mindful stretch to refocus and then in less than an hour I got back to work. I had such a productive afternoon, I enjoyed it and it flew by. Perfect.
To get inspired to make the most of your fitness efforts and to put some fun into your breaks from work come on a Revitalise Day. You will leave inspired to do things you love when ever you can and to train your brain so that you enjoy then to the max. Even better, you will soon see your performance improve, whether at work on the field.