It’s finally time to don that impulse-buy gym wear you’ve been hoarding in your drawer since its purchase, as Westin Hotels and Resorts have introduced their series of mindfulness runs across the city, to celebrate Global Running Day. The hotel group have teamed up with psychotherapist William Pullen, to give Londoners the opportunity to experience mindful running along the banks of the River Thames, banking those mindful miles.
The word mindfulness has come into our lives faster than Usain Bolt set his first 100m world record back in 2007, but what does it actually mean? Well, sifting through a sea of online forums filled with others also puzzling over the word, I discovered: mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Without a doubt, the thought of acknowledging your feelings and emotions all in one foul swoop sounds rather daunting, and perhaps something you’d be more inclined to run away from, rather than run with. However, mindfulness is actually a very positive way of tuning out from a busy working day and connecting with yourself.
William will be leading three complimentary group running sessions starting and finishing at The Yacht at Temple Pier Victoria Embankment, with each session helping runners to reduce stress, channel greater positivity and mindfulness through shared running experiences.
It’s also a prime opportunity to run along the banks of the Thames, taking in the views of the Millennium Bridge and St Pauls, as opposed to rushing through the masses along the banks to catch the tube you’ve already missed.
The Mindful Miles run will take place on 6th June, with running session starting at 7am, 8.30am or 12.45pm, meeting at The Yacht, Temple Pier Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN. To apply for a complimentary space on one of the three mindful runs, simply email Westin@wcommunications.co.uk with your name and preferred time slot. There are a limited number of tickets available for this activity and applicants will be chosen on a first come first served basis.