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MEDITATION IN MOTION

COULD MINDFUL RUNNING HELP YOU GET FASTER, RUN FURTHER, REMAIN INJURY FREE AND ENJOY EVERY RUN? SIMONE SCOTT FINDS OUT

MENTAL WELLBEING

Last year, I experienced that dreaded runner”s triple whammy of feeling my love for running ebbing away; a huge dip in performance; and accumulating injury upon injury. I followed all the usual advice: rest, cross-train, massage and a whole host of other “cures”, without improvement.

During that time, I took a trip to India to complete my yoga teacher training, as I reluctantly shifted thoughts of running to the back of my mind. I seriously thought it was game over and time to find something new to obsess about. I checked myself in with the school”s resident sports therapist, UK-based Steve Bracken, fully expecting a lecture on the perils of running.

Thankfully, I got the opposite, with Steve supportive of getting me back to doing what I loved. I left the session feeling optimistic for the first time in a long while. Through yoga training, I gained so much awareness as to how my body moved: noticing the sensation of the soles of my feet on the ground, my thighbones gliding in the hip sockets and the length of my spine. Following a couple of hands-on realignment sessions from Steve, just a week later I attempted my first jog, with a commitment to myself to run “mindfully”.

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About Women’s Running

Discover the healing power of running with the March issue of Women’s Running, on sale 25 January. Find out how running can help treat depressive disorders, clear the mind and manage stressful life situations. And hear from women who have experienced these benefits for themselves, such as cover star Charlie Watson, who shares how running – and blogging – has helped her to manage stress and anxiety. Keen to start running but daunted by the prospect of having to run for miles without a break? Discover Jeff Galloway’s hugely successful Run Walk Run training method, which has helped thousands to start running, stay injury free and even qualify for the Boston Marathon. We’ve got all things marathon training covered in this issue, too. You’ll find three 12-week training plans for beginner, intermediate and experienced marathoners, as well as expert advice on getting marathon fit on reduced mileage. Plus, don’t miss our recipes for delicious, homemade fuelling snacks or our leg-focused strength-training workout, both supporting your stamina and strength, whatever your training goals.