I practice Mindfulness on a daily basis bro.

I am a member of the app Calm, it’s sick.

Now would be a good time to explain that in the days preceding this review I had been watching the Rap Game UK and listening to a lot of rap on my spotify.

Daily meditation has helped me incorporate mindfulness into my running geez. I often leave my headphones behind (judging by the influence rap is having on my vocabulary, that can only be a good thing).

Instead I try to focus on my surroundings. Take in the scenery. Enjoy the fresh air. Even the rain falling on my face makes me feel gassed.

I focus on my breathing. I concentrate on my cadence and my stride length. I ask myself, can I change any of these during the run to improve my performance?

So when I saw this book on the shelves I was keen to get stuck in. It’s not the first book I’ve read on mindfulness, but it might be the last. It’s a skill which requires practice. Plus the art of being mindful, whilst very difficult to do, is very simple, ya get me.

This book could really have been written in 50 pages or less if you ask me. The fact it adds in yoga poses towards the end feels like it’s trying to fill space.

A couple of things I did pick up on. The importance of being mindful when running gets tough. The ability to keep going, accept the discomfort and keep putting one foot in front of the other. In my recent Marathon training plan I knew the long runs would be demanding, but on several occasions rather than accept it, I stopped. I should have embraced it, dug deep and completed the run.

One other technique that has stuck with me is picking a colour and whenever you notice it, you become mindful and smile. For me it has to be orange. Now when I am out and about and see someone wearing orange it makes me smile and I can’t help but think #TeamOrange.

My recommendation would be to give this book a miss. Instead start practicing mindfulness using an app like Calm or Headspace and try to incorporate it into your training runs, especially when they get tough. Oh and if you do watch the Rap Game UK, just keep an eye on your use of the English language.

Review by Simon LinklaterPublished on the 17th October 2019

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