Philosophy on the run

Philosophy-on-therun_webWhy do you run? To maintain a healthy heart and joints? Lose weight, build muscle? Boost feelings of wellbeing and self-esteem? Throw in a joy of exercising outdoors, and that’s my motivation for running pretty much nailed.

Yep, there’s a lot more to running than simply pounding the pavements. US-based running philosopher Mark Rowlands would agree.

His latest book is Running with the Pack: Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality. That’s one thing I forgot to mention – a good running session is perfect thinking time. If you’re on the same wavelength, Mark’s School of Life Philosophy on the Run day on May 11, 2013, is your chance to spend a day running and thinking, discussing and debating while you work out in the parks of South west London.

As well as sharing Mark’s philosophies, you’ll also benefit from a workshop to improve your running technique plus the luxury of taking the time to actually think about how keeping active feeds both your mind and your body.

Sounds perfect.

2 thoughts on “Philosophy on the run

    1. Nicola Davenport Post author

      And thanks for your comment, Josephine! Running is such a great headspace clearer, every time I get out in my trainers is like a personal therapy session, working through gritty problems and finding inspiration, so philosophy and running seem to me the perfect match.
      As my inspirational PT contact Jarod Chapman recently said over coffee, ‘Running is a physical meditation.’
      Wise, and true! (check out more of Jarod’s wisdom at his WordPress blogsite

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