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    Territory Run Podcast

    Improving Performance through Mindfulness

    with Ian Ramsey

     

    Mindfulness is a tool to help you feel better, perform better and live better. It will make you happier, stronger and fitter. Ultrarunner, Ian Ramsey has been utilizing meditation, breathing exercises and other mindfulness practices to take his mind and body to the next level. Ian lays out why Navy Seals, professional athletes and CEO's of the largest companies are all meditating and how to get your started implementing mindful practices into your own life.

    Here are some methods and tips to help you control your own state and have more agency in your life.

     

    1. Box Breathing: Taking a moment to breathe in an intentional way can down regulate the nervous system and help with calm and focus. One breath practice that is easy is box breathing, where you breathe in for a beat, hold for a beat, breathe out for a beat, pause for a beat, and repeat. As you get more comfortable with the practice, you can lengthen the breaths and the holds.  You can do this while driving, while sitting in a meeting or waiting in line at a store. The App “Breathe to Perform” is a great way to support this practice.
    2. Mindfulness practice: Here’s a basic, useful mindfulness practice that I’ve been doing for years: Try closing your eyes and silently counting your breaths up to ten. On the first in-breath, count "one" and on the out-breath count "two" and then on the next in-breath, "three,"  and so on until you get to ten and then start over. If you lose count or focus (and you probably will), don't worry about it and just gently and persistently keep returning to the counting. The point is not to be perfect, but to make the effort.
    3. When you’re practicing mindfulness or box breathing, take deep belly breaths that use your full diaphragm.  Sit with a good comfortable posture that helps you to fully breathe.
    4. Don't worry if you're doing it right.  Don't let perfect be the enemy of good: doing anything is better than nothing. Don't worry if your legs are crossed, or if you're sitting in a chair. Don't worry if your mind if wandering too much or if you need to scratch your ear. By making the effort, you've already succeeded.
    5. Try to start and end the day with just a few minutes of mindfulness. Starting the day with this helps set patterns of focus for the day, and doing it before bed allows the nervous system to relax and lets the unconscious mind start to integrate with the conscious mind. All of these things help with sleep.

    Resources:

    Apps:

    Breathe to Perform (Breathwork)

    Headspace (Mindfulness)

    Insight Timer (Mindfulness)

     

    Physiology First-Anti-Anxiety Nonprofit that Ian is involved in. Physiology First provides cutting edge anxiety mitigation tools to students around the world. www.Physiologyfirst.org

    Ian’s Website: ianramsey.net

    Ian’s Email: ianramsey@nya.org (Reach out if you have questions)

    An article by Physiology First founder David Bidler about using breath work to enhance running performance: https://trailrunnermag.com/training/breathe-to-perform.html

     

    Books:

    Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind-Shunryu Suzuki

    Power Speed Endurance-Brian Mackenzie

    The Oxygen Advantage-Patrick McKeown

    How Unconditional Positivity leads to Success

    Episode 4- The Unconditional Positivity of David Roche

    Running coach David Roche is gaining a lot of attention recently and the athletes that he is training are spreading the word about the results they are seeing with him.  We discuss David's holistic approach to coaching that takes the human mind's faults into great consideration and we find out why elites and everyday runners are seeking him out as their running guru.

     

    The Happy Runner- by David & Megan Roche- Check out their book to get a lot more details of their coaching approach.  

     

    The Powers of Positive & Negative Thinking

    Episode 3- The Powers of Positive & Negative Thinking with Danielle Snyder

    A conversation about the power of the mind with social worker, Danielle Snyder. Danielle who helps athletes utilize their minds to improve performance with her coaching company called Inner Drive Athlete- (www.innerdriveathlete.com) recently set the women's supported fastest known time on the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail- a 460 mile journey she completed in 9 days. 

    Danielle discusses how negative self talk can be a self destructive to our running performance and how to replace it with mindfulness and positive talk. She also tells us about her experience setting the women's Oregon PCT fastest known time and how she is encouraging other women to chase records of their own.

    Danielle's Website :www.innerdriveathlete.com

    instagram.com/diellesmells

    How Running Promoted Deep Conversation

    Episode 2- How Running Promotes Deep Conversation with Aaron Burrick

     

    Have you wondered why you have profound thoughts or personal conversations while running even if you just met the person alongside you? Aaron Burrick MSW offers an explanation to the question and gets us thinking what is at play in our minds while our legs repetitively advance us.

    The Performance Enhancing Powers of Sleep

     

    Episode 1- The Performance Enhancing Powers of Sleep with Dr. Sean Robinson

    On our first podcast episode we dive into the importance of sleep in relation to its performance enhancing effects on running and our well-being. Territory Run Ambassador, Dr. Sean Robinson breaks it down for us so that sleep will be something we all focus much more of our attention on. 

    Sean's Book Recommendation - Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker Phd

    Music by Josh Petrone