The Wall Street Journal has a story on distance running that describes how the top American marathoner, Kara Goucher, has gone away from the structured approach to training that has become prevalent over the last 25 years . The Africans have a "run first, ask questions later" style and have dominated the sport. Here's an interesting quote:
"Tom Ratcliffe, an agent for several Kenyan runners, says Africans 'enjoy the battle' in endurance running while most Westerners 'race with anxiety.'"
The data on how mindfulness can be applied for pain reduction, stress management, and increased well-being is mounting up. It is also becoming popular in law. For a great account of both research using mindfulness and a good example of its impact on an individual, see Positivity by Barbara Fredrickson.
Image: 'Two female joggers on foggy Morro Strand+State+Beach'