You’ve worked hard all year long. Now it’s your day to take it easy, kick your feet up and relax. For those who cannot just sit back, this relaxation running workout is for you.
One of the most overlooked components of successful training is the ability to listen to one’s body. Tuning into yourself will enable you to make the right decision about whether to take a day off for rest or continue training. This relaxation run is a tool to cultivate body awareness. Leave the headphones at home. This is essentially a moving meditation.
Challenge Level: Low
- Select a pace that allows you to run in a very relaxed state. It doesn’t matter how slow this is—in fact, don’t even pay attention to speed. Concentrate only on finding a pace that feels extremely comfortable.
- Continue for at least 20 minutes and up to an hour.
- As you run, try to empty your mind of all thoughts.
- Keep your attention on your body. Start by isolating your breath, then pay attention to how your feet are landing, and then move to other parts of your running experience. Wherever you find tension, release it.
Check out the original article at Women’s Running Magazine. And if you’re feeling motivated after your relaxing run, join us next spring at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon San Francisco!