The Way of Running delves into a world unknown to most runners: we have much more strength than we think. Most of us believe we have reached our limits when we are no more than 70% exhausted. We rarely make full use of our strength due to chronic tension, anxious thoughts, and unskilled movement.
Running and sport involvement is one of many innovative treatments that stimulate the brain’s natural neuro-plasticity. And it’s largely through heightened body awareness that past traumas can be renegotiated and revisited rather than relived repeatedly.
There have always been inspirational runners who defy conventional beliefs regarding aging and human performance. The truth of the matter is that the biopsychology of aging remains largely a mystery.
Covert use of performance enhancing substances — aka “cheating” — is as old as organized sports. Even the Ancient Greeks are said to have taken “potions" to enhance their athletic prowess. Today, with one drug-cheating revelation after another splashed across the headlines, many people are so fed up they now regard most exceptional performances with skepticism and disbelief.
Running is our birthright. That's why I'm so passionate about restoring the natural coordination and spontaneous imagination we once knew as children. And that's why I'm introducing my new friend and Feldenkrais practitioner, Jae Gruenke, to the Boulder running community.