Running to a Clear Mind


Way back when I started my journey to triathlete, I would hear people say, “I think best when I am running.” My response was to roll my eyes and mutter to myself, “yeah, right” as all I ever felt when I was running was pain and lack of oxygen.

But as my body got used to running, developed stronger muscles, and an improved mental attitude, running became a much more peaceful, sublime experience. I was able to cover new ground with my increased endurance and go exploring new areas of town, noticing things that one would never see in a car. My community came alive as I ran by.

I also started to notice that my thoughts shifted from my body and surroundings to concepts that have been at the top of my mind. By focusing on these thoughts, time and distance went by faster. I also returned to work with new perspectives and…. A fresh mind.

Running had come full circle. The truth is, I really do do my best thinking while I am running. Instead of sitting at my desk to work through a problem, I’ll go out for a short or long run (if it is a big problem) and think it through. Running had gone from something horrible to an essential part of life.

Get out there, run, clear your mind and make the world a better place, one thought and one mile at a time.

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4 Responses to Running to a Clear Mind

  1. bgddyjim says:

    Well said, I feel the same way. Thanks for the post.

  2. jkenjin says:

    Thank you for your post! Keep up the good job and have a great aloha week!! ^_^

  3. Pingback: Running to a Clear Mind | Aric In Training » Una Mente Chiara - A Clear Mind

  4. sandy schram says:

    Why do you think this is happening? I posted this on my http://www.UNAMENTECHIARA.INFO website which is Italian for a clear mind. Very intriguing.

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