This Rundamentalists episode is an insightful article written by Mackenzie L. Havey, the author of the forthcoming book, Mindful Running. Mackenzie highlights six key reasons runners should consider embracing mindfulness and the shares the supporting science.
The last two decades have made way for a growing body of research supporting the use of mindfulness-based interventions to decrease stress, anxiety and depression, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and improve sleep among other things.
Marc David is a veteran journalist whose writing career spans three decades, during which time he has covered the sports spectrum from heavyweight boxing champions to the Olympics. Throughout his career, he has managed to run every day....a streak stretching over 33 years!
Marc doesn’t just love running… he is literally addicted to it and has written a book to share his experiences: The Addicted Runner.
If you ever find excuses not to run (when you know you should) you will be inspired by Marc’s post for Rundamentalists.
Running legend Dean Karnazes proves he is not just an exceptional endurance athlete….he is also a great writer. In his latest inspirational book: The Road To Sparta, Dean openly shares the physical and mental pain he endured during one of his toughest ever challenges. He has kindly agreed to share his vivid description of what it takes to run a marathon. If you have survived the marathon (or plan to) you will find reading this text a very emotional experience. Enjoy.
Our expert for this episode is legendary ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes. Dean provides insights into the mindset he uses to overcome extreme physical and mental challenges. To illustrate his approach, he also shares excerpts from his latest book, The Road to Sparta, which chronicles his experiences running one of the world’s most difficult ultramarathon events: The Spartathlon—a grueling 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta.
“There are two ways to cope with pain. One is to put your head down and grunt through it. I don’t know the other way”
Karl ‘SpeedGoat’ Meltzer, a legend in the ultramarathon world shares the mental approach that helped him achieve the title of ‘Winningest 100-mile runner on the earth’, having won 38x 100 mile races. Karl describes his most recent challenge: Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in record time as: “Not only man versus clock, but man versus nature...and man versus self".