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Mindfulness and Running
In the lead up to World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, here at runr we're going to be sharing your stories and blogs around running and mindfulness, and how that helps improve mental health in the blogs section on our website.

One of our favourite things about running is how easy it is to access. All you need is a pair of trainers and you're set. Once you're out the door and putting one foot in front of the other, you're running.

This time is a great opportunity to give yourself the space mentally to calm your mind. Here are some of our favourite things about running that help to practice mindfulness techniques:

Rhythm
Whatever your pace, which can be different one run to the next, focussing on the rhythmic nature of your feet hitting the ground, and on your breathing, is one of the best ways to let your mind be calm and still, away from everyday thoughts. It allows you to truly be in the moment.

Environment
Whether it's your regular route or somewhere new, taking the time to really notice where you are, taking the opportunity to use your senses to reconnect with the natural world you're in. It can be the wind in your face, watching the birds flying, or listening to the natural sounds around you. Feeling a sense of connectedness with our amazing world is both humbling and inspiring.
 
 
Space to let go
Having the time to both process and let any negative thoughts go. Allowing the thoughts to come, accept that it's ok and part of human nature to have those thoughts, and then let them go, all in a few strides is an amazing path to a feeling of peace and contentment.

There are many more ways that mindfulness and running go hand in hand, here's a thought to leave you with: on a run in the near future, try mixing it up, leave your watch and headphones at home and just run, and be.

Happy running!

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