The similarity between mindfulness and running lies in the fact that you’re concentrating on only one thing in both cases. In mindfulness, you’re usually concentrating on your breath. In running, you’re focusing on putting one foot in front of the other and carrying on. So there is a physical component to both activities, one which people don’t always grasp or realize. Mindfulness is not completely a mental exercise. It involves an awareness of the body in some way, shape or form, just like running.
"The state of flow that some people associate with "natural running form" is simply what happens when you run in the right posture. When you run in the right posture there's less need to dwell on any one fine point of perfect running form. You already have it. You were born with it. The most important thing is to “own” your physical body. If you slump, you will lose yourself. Your mind will be wandering about somewhere else; you will not be in your body." - The Way Of Running
Curry's training regimen includes all variety of high-tech drills, for instance: wearing goggles that generate a series of flashing lights, as he performs ball-handling drills; working with two (or more) balls at the same time; and moving through a circuit that flashes instructions that he must respond to instantaneously. All this is to train his reflexes, perceptual acuity, and decision-making abilities to super-human levels – and there's little doubt that it has worked! But Steph Curry's training has another – less glamorous but equally important – side to it. This is the quiet side, the spacious side, the side that cultivates the capacity to relax deeply.
Every day is Earth Day for an agile minded trail runner with their feet on the ground. The Earth makes us strong, flexible and tough.
A mountain to be climbed, a river to be rafted or a stretch of countryside to be raced on can summon up significance and power for us simply by being designated the field of adventure. Our runs in these dreamlike places bring a quickening of the spirit, a connection with the life force and a concentration of energies that give our experiences out there a heightened quality. They are a way of giving thanks to Mother Earth.