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Welcome to RUN:ZEN

the home of mindful running

Our passion is to offer new ways to wellbeing by bringing together the benefits of running with the practice of mindfulness.

Here you will find tips and advice to get you started on your mindful running journey.

Whether you are an experienced runner or just starting out, RUN:ZEN’s mindful running workshops and resources introduce mindfulness skills that can help you to:

  • run with more enjoyment and awareness
  • prevent injury through learning good running form
  • find greater all-round wellbeing


RUN:ZEN at Orbit Fitness Festival

Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire
Friday 11 - Sunday 13 June 2021

Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing

Online (Zoom)
Monday 14 June to Monday 19 July 2021

RUN:ZEN at RunFestRun

Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire
Friday 27 August 2021

Mindful running residential weekend

Xèrica, Castellón, Spain
New date tbc

What is mindful running

At RUN:ZEN we offer a variety of workshops and courses that teach mindfulness for runners.

  • But what is mindful running?
  • And how can it benefit you?

In this article we take a look at the fundamentals of mindfulness and how that can be applied to running.

Read more: What is mindful running?

The value of choosing to pay attention

In recent weeks, I’ve spent quite a lot of time reflecting on Jon Kabat Zinn’s definition of mindfulness. He describes mindfulness as paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This first quality of paying attention ‘on purpose’ might appear quite a straightforward proposition, but it’s worthy of closer inspection. Paying attention on purpose means that we actively choose to pay attention – we exercise a choice. Adding
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Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:
on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Why mindfulness for runners?

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the UK. Studies suggest a range of benefits for the health of our body and mind when we run. These include helping prevent obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure, and boosting sleep quality and mood.

In recent years, there has also been a growing interest in mindfulness. Research is linking a regular and sustained mindfulness practice with a decrease in the incidence of depression, anxiety and stress. It can also improve the ability to regulate our emotions, and help increase our focus and attention.

Our Mindfulness for Runners events have a particular focus on combining mindfulness meditation methods with movement through running. Our two course leaders, Stuart and Cesare, have many years experience between them of mindfulness and meditation practice, developed alongside their own journeys in endurance sports. Through these experiences, we have learnt for ourselves that the integration of mind-body awareness can improve mental health and our running simultaneously for greater all-round wellbeing. These benefits can then be brought back into our everyday life.

View our testimonials to see what our course participants have been saying about our mindful running events. As well as offering our own events, we can also come to you! If you would like a session exclusively organised for your club or group, or perhaps for your workplace, then please get in touch to discuss options. For all others queries and to subscribe to our newsletter, please use the contact form.

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This workshop revolutionized my running.
I stopped listening to music whilst running and instead started paying attention to my feet, body and the surroundings.

I started forefoot running and adjusted my posture, which means I have been injury free since then. No more shin splints and itb pain.

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Brilliant! This brings a whole new dynamic to my running which will overflow into daily life.

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I am very interested in connecting mind with body and this course provided an ideal opportunity to explore that interest. The experience of running with a different mindset and attitude was revealing.

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Great experience and well designed content, delivered in a thoughtful and sensitive way.

Mindful running teacher Cesare Saguato

Synchronising body and mind is not a technique or a random concept someone thought up for basic self-improvement. Rather, it is a basic principle of how to be a human being.

Chogyam Trungpa