Proper Running: Mindful Movement in the Moment

3 Comments April 26, 2010 / Posted in Mindful Running, Running Form & Style, Running Injury Prevention, The Running Mind


Mindlessness is made of those habits and behaviors that that we  do automatically and habitually with little or no awareness.  Mindfulness  focuses  attention and awareness on the present moment.  As there is only “Hic et Nunc” – Here and Now.

Last month the San Diego Marathon Clinic celebrated 35 years of service to the running and walking community of San Diego.  The journey has been an interesting path.  For so many of us, our run brings us into this present moment.

In an article in May of 1996, Joyce Wycoff of ThinkSmart  wrote an article: Today’s Certainties and Tomorrow’s Absurdities.  She quoted me regarding what I had been saying for years about the issue not being the running shoe rather the improper running that was being championed and taught by the majority of people coaching the masses of runners and joggers.  The focus was to strike on the heel first when running.

Running shoes will continue to advance in design and technology. They will continue to neglect a major component: Man, the thinking body.

An atavistic paradigm shift will take place. Runners and walkers will realize it’s not the shoe, it’s an innovative thinking body. A new line of shoe will be created that allows proprioceptive feedback to the thinking body. All of the thick running and walking shoes will be replaced by thinsoled foot covers which allow the human animal to take control of their youthful movement once again.

Traditional Tai Chi, Yoga, Stretching for the Thinking Body, etc. will grow. Companies like Nike, Addidas, Reebok and their approach to shoes will be tomorrow’s absurdities. Weight machines with computers will be used to measure gradual progress in strength. These weight machines will be revolutionized as they now measure the correct increase in range of motion as they strengthen muscles.

But as Alfred Adler said in dealing with the diagnosis of why people are the way they are: “But it could be different.”

I posted an article on back in February of 2001: Ball Heel Ball Is The Correct Way To Run and another dialogue with Steve Freides   about Running Cadence that also talked about landing ball heel. If you want to see the whole thread you can check out Ball Heel Ball here.  My years at the Maintainer of the FAQ at rec.running was to have my answers questioned. It was an excellent training ground to be present and now swept away by what others said or wrote.

You’ll want to check out the Harvard barefoot running website of Dan Lieberman and his team of collaborators and their research on how early man ran and some great video footage of the running foot and some good tips for those who have been decided to become barefoot or minimalist shoe runners.

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  1. Jim Haselmaier said on April 26th, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Interesting thoughts and congratulations on the work you’ve been doing. One of the many benefits I’ve gotten from working toward a more efficient form is putting the music away and listening (and feeling) my body while running. I’d always thought there was no way I could run without music. The peacefulness is really fantastic.


  2. Israel Mañas said on September 11th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Interesting. Thank you very much. My colleagues and I are practicing mindfulness while running. It is wonderful.
    Best wishes,

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