“Learn How to Run Your Own Race”
“Self taught and a slow learner, I became a runner at 37 years of age.”
My dream job growing up was to be a professional tennis player, or Physical Education (PE) Teacher. I was never disciplined enough or talented enough for the circuit. I simply didn’t pursue teaching because I was a terrible, panicky swimmer. Who knew you could actually ‘learn’ how to be more proficient!! So I put those silly dreams and natural urges aside and just got on with life – unaware, oblivious and unconscious to myself.
I played competitive tennis and indoor cricket. I reluctantly went to the gym when shift-work made regular competition difficult. I pleaded with my Bootcamp instructor for more run components. I would run with my dog, on my own, and with others who were training for fun runs. It never occurred to me to participate. I loved to run, but I never thought, or saw myself, as a runner. I had so many barriers, that it simply was incomprehensible.
“I suffered terrible panic attacks in my first Bridge to Brisbane and Gold Coast 10km runs, and still to this day, in triathlons.”
In my early 30s, my life started to unravel. My inner natural urges and desires started to take shape and I began listening. I quit a successful career in the Police, to start a new career in natural therapies; left a 7 year marriage (17 year relationship); moved states; downsized from a fully furnished 3 bed house to a 1 bedroom unit across the road from the beach; drank lots of green tea; watched many whales frolic; ran every day; felt free, and met a man (now my husband) who encouraged me to find solutions to pursue my sporting dreams.
“I started training at 37 years of age, and represented my country in Triathlon 2 years later.”
In 2009 I began running training, and in 2010 entered the sport of Triathlon where I had to learn how to swim, as well as ride a bike. A few years later in 2012, I was selected to represent Australia in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Auckland, New Zealand.
My Mindful Running training methods and philosophy were born out of my own training schedule for the World Triathlon Championships in 2012. To achieve such a goal, I had to focus on my training and concentrate on the most efficient swimming styles, riding skills, running techniques and also, transitions between disciplines. Any lapse in concentration meant lost time, which elevated heart rate, caused panic, and adversely impacted performance. By training myself to focus on what I was physically experiencing at the time, I became aware of how important it was, what I was thinking and feeling. I soon realized I needed to train my body, as well as my mind.
Running came naturally to me. It was when I trained in other disciplines, such as swimming and cycling, which didn’t come so naturally to me, I realized there was a need to train equally in each. Whilst I had a natural ability in running, I still had to apply myself to it and made sure I had an equally balanced approach and training schedule, to all 3 disciplines (swim, cycle, run). Mindful Running was born out of the awareness that I needed to train equally.
“Mindful Running trains the mind and the body, giving each an equal amount of attention. This optimizes our physical health and mental health.”
More than a decade on and I have completed countless running and triathlon events. I now teach adults how to pursue their own dreams in life and in running. Whilst I still face old fears each morning prior to taking a session, I have learnt ways to lessen them. Practice and experience creates loops of success, and knowing how to access those memories, helps me get back on the horse (so to speak).
“…practice and experience, creates loops of success…”
The amazing and unexpected gain from listening and training both my body and mind consciously, I naturally altered my life in a much more positive way, in alignment with who I truly am. I soon began living the lifestyle I had always wanted, and the parts of my life which didn’t fit anymore, fell away easily and without effort. I was no longer pleading to do something for myself, or busy justifying what I was doing. I just got on with it and kept running.
Mindful Running and training has made me a better person, and given me the confidence and strength to run my own race, my way…..
Next Mindful Running Courses start March/April 2020.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
- Mindful Running Courses – to teach you how to train your mind and body. (On-line and in-person courses coming in 2020)
- Mindful Training Sessions (Buy Your Pass today!)
- Learn Mindful Running Workshops for corporates, small groups, and retreats.
- Merchandise – Official merch coming soon in 2020.
Melanie Pietrobon after completing her first Half-Marathon, Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2014
What People are Saying
“Wow! I don’t know how to even begin describing the experience of a Half Marathon and the path that got me to the finish line…Without Carmen’s help, running tips and ongoing support I would never have been able to do it.
She wrote me a 10 week program to start me on my training schedule, this become my bible. A lot of things had to change in my life for me to be able to put in 100%; this did not happen right away but as my training increased my priorities changed.
She gave me everything and more for me to complete the run. All that was left for me to do was RUN! And run I did, I crossed the finish line in the time that we together had planned 2hrs 15mins.
I will forever be so grateful for all that Carmen give to me in my journey and so lucky to have gained so much, confidence, courage and strength all things that have made me a better me.”
Melanie Pietrobon – Runner
“At 37 I Began Training. At 39 I Represented Australia at the Auckland World Triathlon Championship.”
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