one track mind michael stocks

One Track Mind by Michael Stocks

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.”

–John Bingham, running writer

If I have to think of just one activity that helped me over the years to overcome emotional pain, bad days, very dark moments of depression and negativity, that allowed me to understand myself and my limitations more and, at the same time, challenge my mind and body as well as to fuel my creativity, I would, without any shadow of doubts choose running.

When I started running, I was in my mid-30s, maybe more than 70 lbs overweight, and my mind was just a collection of rubbish and limiting beliefs about myself and my life.

Running helped me challenge myself and discover parts of me that I didn’t know existed. Of course, I am not talking about running for performances; I am talking about running (even jogging if you like) as a moment of your day when you can entirely focus on yourself and, with courage, fight your demons and see that you are stronger than what you think.

It doesn’t matter if you are an expert, if you’re fit, fat, old, or young, it doesn’t matter if you have never run before; put your some trainers and challenge yourself with a short 10-minute light run in the park close to you and let me know how it goes.

If you also want to know how many excuses and BS you’re creating in your mind about the impossibility of running or even exercising, read this book: “One Track Mind: What Running 150 Miles in a Day Can Teach You About Life“. and visit


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