Hey Conscious Runners!  Today, I’ve got an episode of The Coach’s Corner for you. I haven’t released a oCoach’s Corner episode in a few weeks. It feels really good to be back in front of the camera and mic again. This episode is unlike previous Coach’s Corner. Previous episodes of the Coach’s Corner focus more on the tactical aspects of running such as training, nutrition, strength and recovery. Those are all great things. However, this episode is a little bit different. It focuses on mindset. Mindset is just as, if not more important than those other things. After all, you on’t un’t run unless your mind unless your mind tells you too.

A lot has happened with me over the past month that I want to share with you. At end of April one of my neighbors passed away. She was 94 years old. Although it wasn’t a complete surprise, you’re still never prepared to hear news like this. In addition to my  neighbor pass away, I had been thrown into two projects at work and , my mom called telling me she had been to the emergency room three times (she is fine, but again, you’re never prepared for a call like that) and we put down our almost 15 year old Labrador retriever.

As the month went on, my mind, body and spirit continued to deflate. It became so deflated I could hardly put one foot in front of the other. Don’t get me wrong, I tried. I would set out on a run, only to have to return after a few minutes. After this happened several times, I decided running was not what I needed to be doing at that moment. And although it was daunting thinking about loosing the fitness I worked so hard to gain, it was more daunting feeling like I had to run. Running had was my mediation, my sanctuary, my reprieve, but then, it was only adding stress to an already stressful situation. Instead of pushing myself to do something my soul simply couldn’t, I decided to stop and recognize, I needed to take care of myself in other ways.

If you’re feeling down, depressed, burned out, overly tired or a bit frustrated with life and it is affecting your running, this episode is for you.

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Until next time, run strong, run long and be happy.