Yesterday was definitely my worst run - or should I say attempt to run... could it be the very unpleasant damp warmish weather with a chilly wind? Hormones? The fact that I was eating too randomly for the past couple of days?
I only managed around 12 minutes of the speed podcast before giving in :( Ended up doing 1 h 45 walk, up and down the hills. Tomorrow will be better, today I'll go for a swim...
Since I started the C25K I rarely gave in, and when it had happened it was because I could sense injury coming. I took it slowly, but I made it.
Well, even with the risk of boring everybody, all this led to musing about how important for getting back to run my meditation practice has been.
How? Years of yoga, hours of body scans and mindfulness of body and breath have taught me to listen to it without the interference of the thinking mind (or better, if I notice that the mind starts interfering I can choose : either I get caught in it or I just accept it and go back to just notice the physical experience)
So when my mind goes: "oh, that's too hard, forget about it and just have a stroll" - but my body says: "I can go on" and my lungs say: "we'll get into the rythm" , then I go on. But if the body starts saying... "look out, that is not right, something not nice is going to happen.." I slow down or stop.
I do believe that - after the hamstring episode - this is what had kept me injury free until now. We do have to push ourselves but we also should learn to become fully aware of what our body is telling us, and recognize the moment where the mind is getting in the way. Knowing when to stop or slow down is as important as knowing when to push ourselves, no less, no more.
At the moment I am reading a book - and in many ways it confirms what I thought about meditation and running... it's written by a tibetan buddhist lama, who is also a marathon runner : Sakyong Miphan "Running with the mind of meditation" - interesting
Disclaimer: I do spend more time sitting on a meditation cushion than running
And apologies for any grammar or spelling mistake, English is my second language