Just Run: Mindfulness and running or walking

Just Run Women's Running Club

In our last update we mentioned some of the benefits of running and how it can aid your wellbeing. One of these arms of wellbeing is paying attention to the present moment, you might be wondering how this can be incorporated into running.

As a runner or walker, it’s important to pay attention to your surroundings to ensure your safety; to stay on the curb, to cross a road when the road is clear, and to not bump into people and lampposts. During lockdown we all became very familiar with trundling through our local areas, you might make the same journey regularly, but have you noticed the small things on your route which make them unique? Noticing these little things can make your journey more enjoyable and yourself be more in the moment.

Locally we have a wealth of unique sights; you may have noticed a Halley’s comet weathervane, a drumkit used as plant pots, and a loaf left on a bridge. Just in our neighbouring districts you can find a friendly fairy tree, the Heinz logo on a garage door and wooden animal carvings in the woods.

Pausing and enjoying a view from a vantage point or bridge is another great way to soak up your location and to be truly mindful. As WH Davies wrote in ‘Leisure’ if you have no time to stand and stare it’s a poor life. Make your leisure time count, enjoy the sights and be rich in the beauty that you find.

Just Run Frenchay Ladies running club meet every Monday at 7pm at the Dings Crusaders Rugby Club, Shaftesbury Park, BS16 1LG. Catering for all abilities across our Couch to 5km and 5-10km courses and regular 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-mile groups. For more information contact Jessie at info@justrun.uk