Will meditation make me a faster runner?

When I feel enthusiastic and passionate about what I am doing, I want others to feel the same way. I want to share what I’ve learned, experienced, what has made me feel rejuvenated and inspired. I want to encourage another person with the feeling of success.

The measure of who we are is what we do with what what we have. -Vince Lombardi

A measure of success is different for everyone, but finding something that makes us click can infuse a sense of accomplishment into any challenge. When we feel successful, we are more likely to enjoy what we are doing.

Rock stacking

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Passion can liberate us from an expected experience and we become more in tune with what we are doing. Athletes refer to this as being “in the zone” – where distractions and processes are automatic and actions feel effortless. It’s as though (in sport) time slows down and all that matters is the moment.  Success comes becomes all of our processes and actions are in alignment with achieving a result. Interestingly, our results often far surpass any planned expectation.

We do not *find* our passion as though it is something we lost on the side of the road. So how do we achieve a congruence between what we are doing and how we are naturally inclined to express ourselves? Those who practice meditation are known to be able to access their “zone” with more ease than others.  They train their minds to access a quieter place, free of distractions. They learn how to deal with and diffuse limitations. They train their mind, ultimately, to feel passion in their life. There is a definite connection between enjoying what we do and being good at it; meditation can help our minds access this connection.  It is not a rote reaction when we connect with our abilities to express our passion. We think less and do more.

Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.

Mount Everest from Kalapatthar.

Mount Everest from Kalapatthar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I mostly blog about running to capture the emotion I feel. Not all of my runs are an inspiration, nor do all my days leave me feeling as though I have rewarded myself in an effortless way. Some days are like a personal Mt. Everest where I grind away and it’s hard work and tiring. Overall, though, I am passionate about what I am doing for myself. Being able to finish a workout I didn’t even think I could start makes me want to do more.

Exercise is me-time, but it is also time I spend with like-minded people who encourage me to be better. I want others to feel this way, too, and I share my enthusiasm through blogging.

Maybe in meditation I will find new ways to appreciate what I enjoy and even run a little faster.

*What are you passionate about? What inspires you to be more, and do more? What do you meditate on?

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5 thoughts on “Will meditation make me a faster runner?

  1. Meditation might make you a better runner by relaxing your body, which in turn might make you faster. I’ve just started reading ChiRunning which talks about being more in touch with your body.

    • It’s definitely beneficial to being more relaxed when you are running. Being tense uses energy and being able to transfer that energy into propelling yourself forward can’t be a bad thing!

  2. Interesting, as always, Tania.
    If “being in the Zone” is the same as “being present” – in the sense that Eckhart Tolle and meditators use that expression – then it’s possible that meditation may be helpful to runners. Or anyone else.
    However, I’m finding that meditation is better considered a goal in itself.
    The less I concern myself w/ “being present” or achieving “Nirvana” (whatever that may be) or even “quieting my mind” – the better.
    Focusing on the moment, rather than the end result of meditation, seems more useful.
    Passionate? Hmm. Not sure that’s useful either.
    I’ve been passionate about things in the past, and then found I was out to lunch
    and gone for supper … if you know what I mean.
    But I could be wrong about that, too.

  3. I’m reading a whole book on running and meditation called Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind. It’s by a Tibetan Buddhist lama, Sakyong Mipham and is a great read. I’ve meditated off and on for years, and find trail running to be especially meditative. Also (strangely) treadmill running, which I detest. It somehow seems to force me to focus on staying present and in my body.

    • That sounds like a great book. I’ll have to look that one up!
      I also find trail running meditative, mostly because you are outdoors in “real” nature. However, I also agree with you on while away time on the treadmill. It’s very strange, but you get such a different workout (less distractions and resistance, maybe) and you do have to be pretty present. I’ve gotten so distracted with my thoughts on my body that my brain (prob) was overloaded and I’ve had to catch myself on the rails at times to not fall off. Embarrassing.

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