Thoughtful running..being present in your run.

I was out for my ‘easy’ run this morning.

Supposed to be 1 hour and easy Zone 1-2. At least that is what is on the plan that I am revisiting at the moment.

So when selecting a @wearenation podcast, looking for ~1 hour, my decision was made easy by the most recent one featuring Brian MacKenzie

Now, like most people I find it very easy to get lost in the run, to just trudge along at the setpace and aim for the time just to have the job done. Listening to music or podcasts to pass the time. You kinda drift off.


The podcast touched on how many of us just go through the motions of long runs – a chore. But the real eye opener was the statement about injury (my paraphrasing) – injury is NOT caused by the mileage we are running but more about how we are running, our functional movement. Our running (or activity) form is the causal factor and injury is the manifestation.

And that’s what reminded me. What got me thinking about a post I wrote quite a while ago about the usefulness of your GPS device.

Use your watch to ‘be present’ in your run. Don’t be a slave to the pace or HR numbers but do use the auto lap function at 1km or 1 mile intervals to your advantage.

Everytime it beeps or vibrates that you completed a lap use the next 10 -20 seconds to be aware of your form:

  • Think of your head position – central and balanced? rolling? bobbing?
  • Shoulders – square? relaxed?
  • Arms – swinging freely? crossing? bouncing? balanced? NB this is why I dislike handheld anything!!*
  • Hips – level? twisted? any tightness?
  • legs – smooth and controlled? even rhythm strides?
  • feet – relaxed? slapping? smooth? aligned? toe in or toe out?

As you mentally run down and up your body for the next 100m assess your body position in space and tweak anything that may be ‘off’. By not adjusting yourself you run the risk of inviting injury through repetitive bad form.

Keep practising until the head to toe check becomes unconscious and you are body aware.

What ‘tricks’ do you do to help prevent injury or stay present in the run?


2 thoughts on “Thoughtful running..being present in your run.

  1. These are great tips but I still feel like I don’t really have a good idea about my form–whether it’s hurting me in any way. Most of the time I’m just trying not to step in dog shit or twist my ankle in a pothole–I guess that’s some injury prevention, lol.

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    1. Not stepping in dog poo or a pothole means you are aware when running 😀

      The one thing about running form is there’s no one answer. What’s right for you is not right for the next person, that’s why I say for people to be self aware, YOUR body in YOUR space.

      The one thing I found working in the store was most either were overthinking or not thinking enough.

      All about balance…

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