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YOUR MIND MAKE UP

MAKING MINDFULNESS A TOOL IN YOUR RUNNING ARSENAL NOT ONLY INCREASES YOUR ENJOYMENT, BUT CAN ALSO BOOST PERFORMANCE

Mindfulness is one of the reasons we feel so refreshed after a run,” explains performance coach Steve Chamberlain (stevechamberlain.co.uk). “Running forces us to come back into the present moment when the stresses of life can fill our heads.” Once we’re aware of this, says Chamberlain, we can harness mindfulness to improve both our experience and performance when running.

William Pullen, a London-based psychotherapist, takes clients on Dynamic Running Therapy sessions through The Capital’s parks as part of treatment for a variety of conditions including anxiety, trauma and depression.

He firmly believes that all runners can benefit from applying mindfulness to their training sessions. “One of the strengths of mindfulness is that it asks you to prioritise what’s happening in the here and now,” says Pullen, author of Running With Mindfulness.

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For the last three years running, I’ve had the same New Year’s resolutions: to learn Japanese and to play electric guitar. I’m not sure what the sell-by date of these should be but to suffice to say I can say ‘goodbye’ in Japanese and the only riff I know is Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water – hardly the stuff rock legends are made of. But, more happily, my running resolutions are already proving more successful this year. First, was just to run more often. Lifestyle changes, dodgy Achilles and lack of motivation meant that the last two years have been something of a running wilderness. But renewed enthusiasm over the last 12 months has seen a return to something approaching form and my goal to improve all-round strength is definitely working. I’m running fewer miles but a focus on conditioning has seen marked improvement. Thankfully, this month’s guide lays the foundations for making 2019 your best running year. From top advice on how to nail your tempo running to how to improve your mental focus; the best time of day to run and how to come back from injury, we’ve brought everything together to make sure 2019 is a PB year!