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Written by a highly respected fitness journalist, Mindful Running offers an engaging and highly practical guide to how mindfulness can both optimise sporting performance and improve general health.

The benefits of mindfulness for general well-being have been discussed extensively, but little has been written about how mindfulness can be applied to running. In this book, leading health and fitness journalist Mackenzie L. Havey explores how combining mindfulness with running can not only improve sporting performance but can also enhance overall health. Through easy-to-understand explanations, Mindful Running reveals how runners can benefit from meditative practices and positive thinking and how the rhythmic breathing, physical effort and focus on training can aid mindfulness. This in turn can help prevent injuries, enhance personal bests and improve the runner's psychological strength and life balance.

Havey's grounded approach to the subject takes the user through a series of straightforward but effective exercises designed to increase self-awareness, develop concentration and improve endurance. With clear explanations of the physiological and psychological processes, supported by anecdotes and expert contributions from athletes, coaches and sport scientists, this book is an inspiring and invaluable guide for runners of all levels.

©2017 Mackenzie Lobby Havey (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Sorry, just can’t like this book!

It started out ok. Then it just went in to reference a free reference. I had to stop listening with more then 2 hours left in the book. I love the whole idea! I run and I meditate. Wanted to learn more about how to put it together. Research will have to continue elsewhere.

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  • Shane
  • 08-09-18

Great concept, but then lacks substance.

To be honest, I gave up on this book with an hour to go. The concept was great, why during a race do some people look terrible and some elated when facing the same conditions and finishing at a similar time, unfortunately, I didnt get much out of the book.

Perhaps the worse bit of it was the constant 'name dropping' when referencing comments and experiences from other runners. I found this really off putting after a while. Name dropping might not be the right words, but the author often spends a long time detailing the running history and credentials of someone, who she then attributes a long or two line quote/comment. It seems like it is every time there is a quote (which is often), it really interrupts flow and focuses the listener on the wrong points (it doesnt matter so much who they are, as what their advice is).

Doesnt really give you guidance on how to mindfully run. Overall, wouldnt recommend.