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Running naturally

September 22, 2010

I live next to a lush park. It’s a beautiful park and quite big. The park is a very popular place for running. You can see runners and joggers and strollers from dusk to midnight. Everyone with their own running style. From watching how other runners run I can tell why they run. Well, not in exact detail but more or less.. You can tell a lot from their facial expressions; fighting faces, how they move their arms; if they run with open hands or sluggers fists; if they look happy or relaxed, etc.

Relax and enjoy the ride! Running naturally is the hidden dimension you will discover when you let go of resistance. Photo: Me. Runner: Cecilia J. Location: Göteborg

Sometimes I run with “beginners”, a little bit like a coach. They usually excuse themselves on forehand for not being as fast as I am, or that they won’t be able to run as far as I’m used to do. Running, I tell them, isn’t only about speed or distance. It’s also about movement and feeling and experience and sensations and awareness. Being aware about how you run can actually make running quite interesting. Even top runners who have been running for many, many years would agree on this. When you find a way to run that makes you run smooth, light and effortless you will experience the beauty of running, just letting your body be an instrument. It doesn’t matter how fast you run. Therefore it’s possible even for “fast” runners to enjoy slow, social running or jogging. And therefore it’s also possible for “slow” runners to run relaxed with faster runners. We run together. It’s no competition.

One of the most read posts on this blog is the one about “running as a celebration”. If you willing to try to change your mindset for your next run, instead of running with any “shoulds” you can instead carry the idea of running as a celebration of life, of nature, of your health, of the season, of the moment, listening to the magical sound of the wind in the trees, listening to your breaths or smiling at the moon like we did last night, stopping and picking flowers.

Watching other runners without a competitive mind but rather with compassion gives me a sense of sharing. Meeting their glances. Sensing their joy, their struggle, their long road ahead. Wishing that they could feel what I feel and run without resistance. Running naturally.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2010 14:39

    I really enjoy reading your posts about running, and specifically trail-running. Thanks for blogging 🙂

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      September 22, 2010 22:37

      Thanks for the feed-back Annelie!

  2. Christian permalink
    September 23, 2010 19:18

    What I read on your blog is what I´m missing in running magazines. All you can read about in those magazines is “follow this program and achive this”…….there´s not a word about the joy of running with no goals etc.
    Instead of being inspired I just get bored and surprised over the orientation these magazines have.
    So keep on the good work and inspire us all!

  3. September 27, 2010 6:09

    I really enjoyed reading your posts, so inspiring! I’ll definitely put on my running shoes today (and buy new ones tomorrow!) And thanks for a very nice chat at the Book Fair yesterday!

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      September 27, 2010 7:35

      Thanks Anette for sharing your peaceful experiences. And welcome back to running! Wonderful moments awaits. Fredrik

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