Mindful Runner || Zombie Runner

Picture it, late evening, a near deserted street, cars parked in front of homes, and the only sound is a shuffle of running shoes pounding along a pavement as you look closer you see a sad sight, a runner head hanging looking down, and moving at a slow pace, oblivious to his surroundings

Sound like a Zombie runner? Ok, let me explain what all this is about but first the  .

Thanks for joining me on today’s Zombie blog. I have been excited for a long time already to talk about this topic. Would have been great to have a related   song I was thinking of

 Remember the song zombie zombie,  was the by the cranberries if you don’t remember it you might be either too old, or too young well .. that should be today’s   song but of course due to copyright I am not allowed to use it anyway 

First off, thanks for coming back and joining me on another hypno run blog. readersers in over 32 countries.. who certainly are most impressive thank you very much. I have no idea how you found this show, or how you became aware of it but I genuinely I appreciate your support, and please, if you enjoy it, let me use this chance right now to ask you to please share the blog with someone who you know someone who could just be needing to hear this type of content. 

Perhaps someone who values high level content, and doesn’t want to hear 5 min ad’s or endorsement of a nutritional product which supposedly boosts your run.. Is it ok if we skip advertisements, and keep going with the show ? . 

Great thanks for that. Hey, perhaps, maybe you share the show with a fellow runner called depro Dave sad Samantha what I mean is someone who is struggling and so miserable because he or she cannot run at this moment in time.

What type of content are we talking about? Are you lost? ok, for all those new readersers it is content that will help you become a smarter runner. 

Smarter “Heiko..I want to become faster”, or “Heiko. I want to run further”. 

Yes, I can or I could guess that and to run faster or further, there is one universal solution you need to become smarter in terms of how you approach your running.

Apparently money doesn’t make you happy (although put me on the billionaires list, I wouldn’t mind trying) this also means that the money you are currently investing in your running is most probably not making you run faster or further. 

New Shoes, cool Smart watches with a lot of features, Apps to download and measure each run and heartbeat, nope sorry they don’t make you stronger.

Ah lest we forget, the Runners sunglasses, no matter how cool they are, don’t make you run faster. Ah and I have a wide range of sunglasses, and I tested them all. Apparently according to my daughter sometimes you don’t even look cool you look stupid

But drumroll. Using a series of scientifically proven techniques which have been adapted to our sport of running, learnt correctly and applied, that my dear fellow runner, will get you to increase your performance, it will enable you to find a cure to overcome procrastination, and most important it will ensure you stay in love with running. 

 Because let’s face it, you only do something really well if you really love it. If you don’t get some deeper sense of satisfaction out of it, you will abandon it. 

But before I get carried away, Zombie runner. Each city has one. Do you think that runner decided to run like that? Or did it just happen? I think it just happened. Actually, I know it occurred over a specific period of time where no attention was given to the mindset, to his or her approach towards running. The miles or kilometers to be run are just, a set to be completed, and the reward is, it’s done. I run regularly. Full stop. Better than not running correct?

This is the part we start to disagree with.

Just doing something and doing something with a positive mindset gives two different results. And readers here, you know this, time is limited, and passes so quickly. Soon we will all be in an age where running is no longer possible, not to get you depressed, but it’s a fact, and this should inspire and motivate you to give more attention to your run performance. So when that day comes where you use your running shoes for walks, rather than runs, you look back at a proud run performance, where you know, you didn’t settle for halfhearted attempts but rather went for your best, crossed imaginary boundaries and limitations. 

Good thing you found this show. It’s a bit like my neighbors, two out of three have a very nice garden. I am talking of whow, like some Japanese park, or Botanical garden, except its typical plants that thrive in this German climate.

Now picture it, the neighbor in the middle, he doesn’t have such a great garden, and Saturday morning, guess what.. he decided he is going to mow his lawn. Yup, got his ancient lawn mower out   now I mention ancient, it’s a bit of an exaggeration, but fact is it reminds me of my lawn mower that I used as a kid.

So it took him about half an hour to get that lawn mower engine to run without shutting down immediately, and he was eager to get started but he pushed it for 2, 3 meters and the engine stopped. And now what happened was the other neighbor, he had a lot of advice. I couldn’t eavesdrop properly, too far away, but it got technical. Deep electrical mowers are best, might be carburetors, do you have fuel, heck even I was getting mentally involved.. .he should get a garden service. 

Poor fellow he was getting more and more frustrated, upset, and I felt his pain, he just wanted to get the lawn done. 

Finally he got fed up then he must’ve googled something, or read some instructions because after an hour he came back, calm, composed, and (seems really was the carburetor) got the lawnmower going.  

What does this have to do with running? Hey Heiko I thought you are a endurance run coach not a gardener 

Ha Ha

Heiko, I thought you are a hypnotherapist that specializes in running. What are you talking about mowing lawns?

Yes I am getting to it, maybe you once had a bad injury that didn’t allow you to run. You had to rest, recuperate and the weeks waiting were frustrating. Now you are thinking of making a comeback. 

And perhaps you are that lonesome runner I described at the beginning as a Zombie runner, and you might even have gotten a lot of advice. Perhaps look at your nutrition, your distances, and weekly mileage that you need to progress to. Hey, perhaps you thought about a new pair of shoes because shoes do make you a faster runner.. .one of the more popular blog about 7 shows back give it a readers whether shoes really do help you become faster 

And perhaps you are at that stage where you have gone for an online coaching program, for three months invested money, maybe you didn’t have time to run as the plan was laid out, but the money’s gone, however your training wasn’t sufficient and your times haven’t improved.

Frustration sets in, or acceptance, and that is when Zombie running starts.

See this sport of ours is so individual. I am sure you will agree with me here, it all comes down to your decisions, how willing you are to test yourself, to grow as a runner by exploring what you are capable of.

But so often we want quick results, quick wins, obviously social media is full of quick wins type of promises.  

But after working with many runners and looking back at my best experiences working with runners from various backgrounds, the ones that make progress are those that have gotten out of the Zombie mode, or avoided it completely. 

Those runners that understood, competition or the Strava like-minded focus on Fastest known time, or comparing to others in your area hey, nothing against Strava, don’t get me wrong here competition as long as it is healthy, as long as it is conducted in good spirit is fine. 

Sometimes the tech providers don’t have our best interest in mind. Hey hey watch me gain a whole bunch of conspiracy theorist readersers. Lol Kidding, but you know what I mean.

Growth as a runner doesn’t come from a running app. Improved mileage doesn’t come from comparing yourself to others in the same age group. 

What does help you grow and improve, irrelevant at what stage you as a runner are at is:


By becoming aware of what are the thoughts that are not supporting you. Those thoughts that you have perhaps before or during every run, where you realize, and perhaps the penny just dropped, where you realize, it’s this thought that’s keeping me from growing as a runner. Maybe it’s not the neighbor and his lawn mower advice, maybe it’s something inside my mindset.

Perhaps it’s that goal you are setting which made you lose that joy, you became Strava’s sucker haha not running for yourself anymore but for a set of data which is displayed to people you don’t even know, who don’t even care about you or who you are and you are trying to impress them? 

Rather than doing that, stay accountable, and the easiest way to do that is by focusing on your process. By focusing on your journey 

To summarize it, to become self-aware. If it’s one thing you should remember of today’s blogs, it’s to become self-aware.

Become that mindful runner. It is easier than you think. 

To be mindful it requires three components you need to be curious curiosity killed the cat what are your running ambitions, your running hopes and dreams hey after so many years of running, in various parts of the world, short distances, multi day events I still am incredibly curious as to new races that I want to participate in, and revisit and of course improve my times on some events.

The most important mental aspect runners’ struggle with. be non-judgmental, especially towards yourself. Please don’t fool yourself that by trash talking to yourself you get motivated. Leave that to WWF wrestlers, be kind, simple. 

That’s not just me talking it’s a study by Maslow that top leaders had spiritual beliefs, or transcendence a life without spiritual growth isn’t worth living that might just be another blog but I am sure you all know that one runner, male or female who is really doing great, sports wise, super performance, got the medals, the finisher t-shirts, the Fastest known times, knows how to motivate himself or herself, but as soon as you want to have a friendly dialogue. You regret it as the person is aloof, indifferent, and it is an unpleasant conversation, so don’t become that person. Check out our website www.heikostribl.com where we have basically taken a very successful real life mindset training course, for runners’ and made a very user orientated online program, so that you actually have tools in place to develop that runners’ brain, identify those limiting beliefs you might have (apparently we all do) and get yourself into developing intrinsic motivation. 

Now this makes sense, doesn’t it, I mean it’s not rocket science running happens in your head so get out of your head or you are dead 

Thanks for joining me, my time is up, till next time God bless and 

Take it easy.

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