“The Flow Running Project is the pursuit of happiness through the science of running and the art of inspired living.”-Flow Running Project 2010
I had an epiphany on a run late one night not too long ago, and I knew it was big. I mean lightning bolts from the sky and flying pigs big. As in running and life, you get exactly what you need when the time is right.
What would happen to your life if you trained for happiness in the same way that a runner trains? What would happen if you pursued happiness with the same intensity and dedication as a marathon training program? Could the tools I use to become a better runner be the same tools that can guide me to being a happier person? Could the tools I use to become a happier person be the same tools that can guide me to being a better runner?
Why the hell not.
Why the hell not me.
And more importantly, why the hell not you.
The more thought I gave to this concept, the more it made sense. When I recall the years of training advice and tools, I can see the application in happiness. I had heard the following the a million times; “Relax”, “don’t over think it”, “lean in the direction you want to go”, “focus”, “don’t forget to breathe”. This kind of feedback has been very helpful in training and racing. I tried to embrace these conceptually, so that when things got tough I would be able to appropriately respond. If I would have known I was getting advice that I could use for more than running, I would have taken notes.
Should you have something to share about the role that running plays in happiness, or the role that happiness plays in running make sure you share it. Leave a comment or if it is really epic you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
In the event that running is not your passion, no problems. Running is what I know and what I connect to. For you it may be cooking, sailing, writing or rapping. What you are passionate about is not nearly as important as the fact that you are passionate. If you feel inspired and you have a tool for happiness, don’t be stingy.
And so it officially begins, the pursuit of happiness through the science of running and the art of inspired living. I have just got that feeling that something special is gonna happen.