A life transforming wellness practice || My full blown, obsessive relationship with running
Each foot springs off the ground, bringing life to my entire body, powered purely by where your mind lies that day. As a fly through the air I feel powerful, strong and unstoppable. My stresses get lost behind me, my energy of gratitude and happiness towards my life becomes of heightened focus, my mind creates masterpieces of inspiration and while this is all happening funny enough I get lost in a world of peacful stillness.
For me the simple humanistic movement of running creating an over whelming sense of happiness, love, clarity and personal strength and freedom. This is my relationship with running and this is why I am full blown, obsessively, deeply in love with it.
Yes now I can understand this may sound completely uncomprehendable to many of you, however let me share how I have made running into a life transforming wellness practice and how you can get on board and absorb its magic.
I always enjoyed running however the motivation to run and compete was originaly linked to a negative self belief, needing to meet the expectations of myself and those around me. You can see how this cycle can drown an expression of human vitality and why so many people hold negative beliefs towards running particuarly when the media is pushing it as a picture of weight loss, illustrating you must be feeling pain to experience any gain. Ahh this makes me so sad! With alteria motives & negative thoughts driving & powering our bodies while we run, it’s no wonder so many people have this attitude towards running. I now run purely for my own wellbeing and happiness and have just recently started competing again (a slow process with my health) and loving every cold early morning, mentally challenging, limit balancing part of it.
For me running has become addictive and I find myself dreaming about it while I’m driving, feeling the need to start running every time I hear a good song, being excited heading out before the sun has woken and with the cold air sending sharp pulses through my body. Shopping for new runners becomes as exciting as buying a new car and my bed side table has become over taken by running magazines and journals as I find myself wanting to learn more and more, feeding this wonderful relationship. It’s a relationship where the more challenging it becomes, the more exciting and rewarded you feel. It’s an equal relationship where by providing love and energy into your body through running, in turn you are gifted with a whole mind, body, soul happiness equal to what you put into it.
It is also a unique relationship. My bond towards running will be different to everyone else’s. We each take what we require and/ or value out of the experience in our own individual way.
So here is the foundations of my relationship with running:
A form of stress management.
A meditative practice.
A spiritual experience connecting with nature and the environment around me.
A social outlet.
A form of expressing who I am and what I am made of.
An space for inspiration and problem solving.
A tool of my physical rehabilitation.
An encourager of personal growth.
A dose of whole hearted happiness for the soul.
What are the foundations to your relationship with running? Now think about how you could change some of those negative ones and add a whole new level of wellness to your running. Those of you who’s relationship is built on avoidance of the movement at all costs, lets see if we can reintroduce you to a new side of running you will fall in love with.
Urban Tonique and I will be holding ‘Run Well + Run Wild’ beginners series as of the 9th August. This is a 10 week workshop providing you with the skills to adventure on whatever avenue of running your heart desires. We will explore the health benefits of running, forms of running expression, technique, injury prevention, nutrition, personal goal setting/ journaling, types of training, inner body awareness and so much more to assist you on your running for wellness journey.
Contact Urban Tonique for more info:
709A Darling St Rozelle NSW 2039
tel: 02 95551102