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Written By Rob Smith - December 11 2018
Breathe in 1, 2, 3 Breathe out 1, 2, 3
Running is 10% physical and 90% mental. As runners we’ve heard this many times, so why don’t we train our minds to be as conditioned as our bodies? Join Vancouver Running Co. owner Rob Smith and Mindfulness Coach Cayley Benjamin in an 8 week training workshop aimed at finding deeper enjoyment in your running and the process of training. This is an exclusive training experience unlike anything available where you will push the boundaries of your mind and leverage the power it ultimately holds over your choices.
The Connected Run is not about going harder and faster, nor is it a training for a particular race, it’s about the deeper experience of running and the healthy and positive habits we can form to help enjoy the outcome of any run, no matter the result. The Connected Run will demystify mindfulness - what it is and why everyone is talking about it - and give you the mindful tools to redefine what success looks like and what it means to be a successful runner.
Each session will be a blend of education and running so participants should be prepared for both. As a founding member of The Connected Run you will experience a small group size with personalized attention that will give you the opportunity to expand your running and training to a more mindful state. There is no level of experience in running or mindful practice required to join The Connected Run, only a willingness to learn.
The Connected Run will take place every Wednesdays 6:30am - 7:30am from January 9, 2019 - February 27, 2019
8 Sessions $240.00 plus tax
During each session you will receive:
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Cayley is an experienced facilitator, coach and yoga and mindfulness teacher. For over 11 years, she has been leading personal and leadership development experiences for a wide variety of people (athletes, entrepreneurs, executives, people managers) across numerous industries with an expertise in mindfulness based experiences.
By day, she is a Mindful Performance Manager on the mindfulosophy team at lululemon where she leads retreats and trainings for employees globally and by morning and night, she has her own mindfulness based coaching practice.
Known for her warmth, kindness and her accessible approach to mindfulness, you will feel at ease right away in her presence.
Rob is a co-owner and founder of Vancouver Running Co. and has been running since the age of 11. Growing up in an athletic family Rob found great enjoyment in individual sports like surfing, skiing, cycling and running for the welcomed solitude and isolation they would often provide.
Rob most recently created the 14 week training plan for the lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon alongside a series of mindful podcasts as guidance for participants throughout their journey. Having found great joy in his own running through a conscious effort to go deeper into the experience, he is now in a place to begin training others to experience that same joy and apply it not only to their running and racing but also their daily lives.
Q. Is The Connected Run a traditional run/race training program where we will undergo a workout each session?
A. No, this 8 week workshop is about training your mind and applying it to the physical process of your running. We will be running during each session, some weeks more than others but it will not be presented in a traditional workout manner
Q. Can I attend just one week or do I need to sign-up for the entire 8 week workshop
A. The first offering of The Connected Run is available as an 8 week package at this time
Q. Should I show up to each session in my run gear?
A. Yes, each session will have a run component to it
Q. Do I need to run a certain speed?
A. No, you do not have to be able to run at a certain pace but you should be able to run 5K without stopping
Q. What is mindfulness and how does it apply to running?
A. Simply put, mindfulness is experiencing the present moment non judgmentally. By practicing mindfulness and applying it to your running, you will develop a greater sense of awareness of your body, breath and surrounds which can in turn help you to achieve deeper satisfaction in your running and greater long term physical and mental well-being. Adding to that, it’s scientifically proven to improve focus, increase emotion regulation and decrease emotional reactivity, increase self acceptance and contributes to stress reduction (to name a few!).
Q. What is the refund policy for The Connected Run?
A. Clinics and workshops are non-refundable