“There is a part of every marathon
where something does take over …
the sensation of movement …
You lose a sense of identity in yourself,
you become running itself …
I only have to think of putting on my running shoes
and the kinesthetic pleasure of floating along,
the pleasure of movement starts to come.
I get a feeling of euphoria, almost real happiness …
It is the platonic idea of knowing thyself.
Running is getting to know yourself
to an extreme degree.”
Running has long been known as a natural meditation for recreational athletes. Then suddenly, a few decades ago, running moved into the spotlight when it also became known as a “positive addiction,” thanks to the so-called “runners high,” where the runner, the running, and the world move in harmony.
— Focusing Your Mind, rather than letting it wander into distractions
— Body Sensing: Scanning and listening to your body’s signals
— Breathing: Tapping into Your Chi. New power through the breath
— Relaxation: The Path of Least Resistance. Moving free and loose