Running the Mind: Get in the Trance
When it comes to working out, we talk a lot about the body. How to run faster, prevent injury and how to get the best results in the shortest amount of time. And while we do talk about the mental side of things here on FBG, it’s mostly about confidence and body image. But today’s review? Well, it’s more about training the ol’ noggin.
A nice mix of meditation and visualization, Running the Mind’s Trance State Running program is a 40-minute program that you don’t run to at all. In fact, you do it with your eyes closed, sitting or lying down while listening to it. In it, you go on a mind journey with the creator and licensed psychotherapist Joseph Rengus. From mentally stretching your muscles to visualizing yourself running in a relaxed matter and feeling good, the program is essentially a mental-training program for runners. One that you go through to prepare for your run; one that will give you the mental tools to get through a tougher run or race. After all, they say 50 percent of running is mental!
Available for $19.99 via digital download, this program is a bit pricier than other meditations I’ve seen, but it’s also really well done and very professional. Joseph’s voice is super calming, and I can see how this could really make a difference in your training. So, if you’re a more serious runner—and have the time to dedicate to training your brain, too (I think many of us have trouble even fitting in a run, let alone another 40 minutes), this is definitely worth the investment. It could be just the thing you need to take your running to the next level!
So tell us, do you mentally prepare for runs or workouts with meditations or visualizations? Would love to know! —Jenn