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Running meditation

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Some people are natural born runners. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them.  I do run, don’t get me wrong, twice every week, but 15k, that’s the max. Last year I planned to run the NYC marathon in October but due to heart issues I decided not to over stress myself. I naturally have a very low heartrate and arrhythmia which means that occasionally my heart will skip a beat. It’s not life threatening, but it can be uncomfortable. Safety first !:)
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Running for me is letting go of daily struggles, running in nature gives me freedom, gives me space. It’s a form of meditation. Sometimes I run with music, sometimes I just listen to what nature wants to tell me. The birds, the water next to me, looking at the wild horses who start their day rolling in the grass. It is the perfect way to start your day.
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The first 3k of any run I want to turn around and go home, but after that I’m settled and I want to keep running. I do live in a beautiful area, the city I live in adjoins to the countryside. Tiny roads, big green fields, rivers, hills, we have it all. It’s not a punishment to get lost in my backyard…
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Am I a morning or a late night runner? I am absolutely a morning runner, when the alarm goes off, I immediately get up, drink a glass of water, eat a handfull of my homemade granola and go. I have never been a evening runner. I love to start my day with a workout so that I am full of energy. I do enjoy an evening walk, especially in the summer. After my run I eat a proper breakfast, full of protein. A big bowl of yoghurt with some fresh fruit or my protein packed cauliflower porridge ( you can find that recipe in one of my previous blogs).

What are the benefits of running in the morning?
– Running in the morning will help you to maintain discipline in your workout schedule
– It has a positive effect on your blood pressure
– You will immediately be awake so it will allow you to better focus at work
– Your workout is done so you don’t have to rush home to go to the gym
– Your metabolism will start early so your body will burn calories at a faster rate during the day

A few tips if you want to give it a go:
– the night before; lay out your running gear as well as the clothes you are going to wear to work
– meal prep your breakfast. For example prepare overnight oats, a bowl of yoghurt or a nice smoothie
– give yourself enough time to run so you don’t have to rush to work. Make sure you have enough time to have a nice shower afterwards and to eat your breakfast. There is no point rushing to work after a nice run. The positive effect of your early workout will turn out in a stressfull start to your workday and that is a waste!
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So what are you waiting for? Prep your breakfast, lay out your gear and set the alarm ( 7am I would recommend 😉 )
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Thank you for stopping by dear followers, you are the best!

Simone Oliviax

 

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