Today on the show, I’m going a few easy miles with Mackenzie Havey.
Mackenzie is a 14-time marathoner, Ironman finisher, and has been writing professionally for a number of years. Her articles have been featured in a number of magazines, both online and print, and I’d be shocked if you haven’t read at least a few of her pieces at some point in the past few years.
She’s also the author of the recently released book, Mindful Running, which is a topic you know I can’t get enough of around here!
Always a Runner, Not Always a Writer
Mackenzie has been around the running world for most of her life.
As a kid, she has fond memories of watching the Twin Cities Marathon with her dad most years. As she grew up, she gravitated toward the sport and hasn’t really looked back since.
Her path to becoming a writer, however, was a bit windier.
In college, after a discussion with a professor, Mackenzie switched majors and took to writing for the first time in her life.
It wasn’t long before she knew she was on the right path. She’s worked in various components of the writing/publishing industry before settling into a career as a freelance writer author.
Becoming a More Mindful Person
In Mackenzie’s recently published book, Mindful Running, she talks about the benefits of being a more mindful runner.
Mackenzie is quick to note that becoming more mindful isn’t exactly easy.
It takes time, it takes effort, and it takes a certain number of reps in order for mindfulness to become your default state of being.
Point blank, it’s ok to struggle with quieting your mind and checking in with your body at first.
One tip that Mackenzie recommends is the importance of continuing to get your mindfulness “reps” on a regular basis.
I had never thought of a mindfulness practice this way before, but it makes total sense.
Any skill or talent that we have developed takes time to develop. It takes get reps, day after day and month after month, in order to see improvement.
No wonder I struggle with being mindful–I haven’t gotten enough reps to be good yet!
If you want to become a more mindful runner and person, the best thing you can do is continue to practice. The more you do, the more payoff you will soon experience!
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