Slow Down And Run

Written By Barefoot Dawsy

OK, stop. Breathe in. Breathe out. One more time. Ahh there you go. Now, doesn’t that feel better?

When was the last time you just stopped and made yourself relax? If you’re like most people these days, you probably can’t remember when it was. We’re all caught up in our own hectic little lives and rarely take time to stop and smell the roses.

We haven’t got the time to do things properly, or to savour the moment. When we do things, even the stuff that we enjoy, our minds are ticking away, or we’re itching to check the latest tweets/emails/text messages on our phones.

So for today, I want you to stop. Relax. And Breathe. Clear your mind, and let the distractions of your life fade into the background for a few minutes.

Now, keep the memory of this moment in your mind. Hold it, and remember it. Take it with you the next time you go for a run. Remove your shoes, take a few deep breaths. Relax your body, then allow yourself to fall into a nice, gentle, comfortable run.

You don’t need to race the clock, or log a certain number of miles. Just relax, smile, look around you, and breathe in the experience. Run for as long as you like. Stop and take in the scenery, or have a little break on a park bench. For once, don’t worry about your form, or your times, or getting injured. Just go slow and enjoy.

This is the essence of barefoot running. Take this feeling with you every time you run, and you will fall in love with it.

 

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