This morning Noah wanted to come for my run with me. I was delighted that he was so keen but also in a slightly selfish way wanted to fit my own run in. So we did a deal. He watched some Octonauts whilst I went running and then I took him out afterwards.
I was amazed at his stamina and determination, we went round the block which is about a mile and he ran 90% of it. There were a couple of points where his resolve weakened and I had to really think about the right way to get him going again. I didn’t mind a bit of a walk but it was freezing cold and windy so I didn’t want him to get too chilled.
So knowing Noah has a strong competitive side to him I set some competitions. We raced to the next tree, or the next shadow or the next fence. It worked wonders!
If you struggle to keep going when you are out running setting yourself targets is a great way to keep going. It really keeps you mindful. Rather than your mind worrying about the rest of the route, or the total distance you are going to cover, you keep yourself in the present by aiming only for the next target. It really does make a difference.
By focusing on the moment you are in you run better too. Because your mind is concentrated on the small target area it leaves more head space to think about your posture and style. When you are jogging along distracted by worrying thoughts and concerns over whether you can do it you tend to slump. When you are racing to the next tree you are upright and striding out. The difference is really amazing. Give it a go.
If you are dedicated to improving your body and mind come on a Revitalise Day where you will be inspired to take great steps in your life. By learning to meditate you become more mindful in everyday life. You see clearly the things that you want to achieve and setting targets becomes second nature.