Ep. 42: Running Mindfully with Chrissy Horan


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In this episode, Chrissy Horan joins the conversation.
Chrissy Horan is a public health professional turned freelance writer and runner. After almost 20 years of studying and promoting healthy behaviors like nutrition, physical activity, and sleep in academic, government, and non-profit organizations, she changed career paths to pursue a long-term interest and hobby: writing.
She has since spent her time writing about health, wellness, and fitness for publications like Runners World, Women's Running, and The Boston Globe.
Chrissy is a life-long athlete who began running upon moving to Cambridge, MA in 2000. She has completed 14 marathons and several more races in-between. Chrissy was introduced to mindfulness and meditation through yoga, and continues to be interested in its practice and application in life and sports.
Keith begins the episode with a brief grounding practice, and then he and Chrissy talk about:
5:55 - Chrissy's experience researching and writing about the science of mindfulness in running for Runner's World.
9:30 - How you may be experiencing moments of mindfulness without realizing that is what you're actually doing.
11:10 - A real-life example of forming key associations, a critical component to the Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE)® program.
14:40 - Viewing running as a dynamic form of meditation.
19:30 - How mindfulness impacts parenting and other parts of life.
23:10 - Cultivating mindfulness as a lifestyle rather than just something to be called on when you're stressed.
25:50 - Reframing mindfulness practices as mental strength training.
27:40 - The reception to Chrissy's article within the running community.
31:45 - Combating the "Mc-Mindfulness" movement.
34:40 - Chrissy's career shift after 20 years in public health and the role that mindfulness played.
Social Media Mentioned:

Twitter: @mindfulsportdoc, @_ChrissyHoran
Instagram: @mindful_sport_podcast
YouTube: Mindful Sport Performance Podcast
Websites Mentioned:
Runner's World: The Research-Supported Benefits of Meditation for Runners


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Keith & Tim

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