Relax by running sounds like a contradiction, but for me it’s not. When I focus on how I place my feet on the path, lift my chest and push a little extra towards the hill I feel my tensions unripple. Before I have warmed up to the rhythm of my own feet, my breath is constricted, but experience have told me that I need to get over a small barrier and just run. When sweat trickles from my back, I feel how tensions dissipate, and I imagine I could run forever.
You might think that it has be beautiful nature around me, but often this way of relaxing works better if there is a weight of fog on my shoulders. If there is a drizzle in my face, I feel how the warmth of my own body soothes and how my muscles carry me forward. Afterwards I feel empty and ready to tackle any problems or maybe even better read a book.
runner’s feet —
syncopating a woodpecker’s
A second contribution on how to relax for Haibun Monday at dVerse with Toni.
May 23, 2016