The power of running to alleviate our suffering and frailties.
Whether you're a novice runner making your way from the couch to your first 5K race, or an elite runner toeing the line at the start of the Olympic marathon, you soon discover that within the beauty of movement, there comes a point where you arrive at a mysterious boundarythe border where one valiantly tries to quiet the mind, while allaying incapacitating doubts and fears. This subtle negotiation, this dance with discomfort, is the birthplace of an inner fortitude, and it demands we keep moving when everything inside us is screaming for us to quit.
Bédard explores running's ability to nurture inner resilience and build community, and how it can help us work through the traumas of addiction, depression, or anxiety. This book is a message of strength and hope.
In addition to being a featured contributor to the Huffington Post and the writer behind the popular blog Breathe Through This (with over 2 million subscribers), Jean-Paul Bédard is a high profile endurance athlete, and a veteran of over 100 marathons and ultramarathons. A sought-after public speaker, Bédard is known for his ability to infuse humor into his talks as he speaks candidly about addiction, depression, and childhood trauma.
My Life on the Run: an autobiographical account of how running has intersected with my life
A Moving Meditation: background psychology on the healing and transformative power of moving mediation”
— the spiritual connection
— what goes through your mind when you’re on a run (addressing the perennial question: Are you bored out there?)
— the connection between physical exertion and stress reduction
— honing your focus through running and running as an outlet for restless energy
— oneness and the opportunity to disappear” from self”, while at the same — time connect to yourself
— running’s effect on unlocking creativity
Running As Archeology
— unearthing memories
— finding the space for reflection
— reinventing yourself
— the I am responsible” pact
Running Versus Pharmacology & Therapy
— are you running away from something” or running towards something”?
— the effect of exercise on mood and wellbeing
— the "runner’s high" explained
Running: A Resiliency Boot Camp
— running through grief & trauma
— running through addiction (why are there so many recovering addicts in the running community?)
— pushing the boundaries of endurance and your comfort zone
What if the wheels fall off?
— the reality of injuries
— striking the life balance
— taper madness (it’s real thing)
— running and food disorders
— confronting waning motivation
Running & Building Your Tribe
— social aspects of running (the pros and cons)
— the role of social media
— the runner’s mantra of paying it forward”
— the take-away”
— why aren’t you running?