Showing posts from January, 2015

UCSD Center for Mindfulness mPEAK program

Improving Athletic Performance through Mindfulness - UCSD's mPEAK Program
by Kathleen Lisson

I am very fortunate to live in San Diego - I am able to attend the first public session of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness mPEAK program.

Our facilitators are Pete Kirchmer of Mindfulness Based Health, Lucas LeardMann and Lori Haase. My fellow students include an Ironman triathlete, a sports coach, a BMX cyclist, a physical therapist, a baseball player in a local Senior / Masters league, a surfer and several yoga enthusiasts. Some of us have practiced meditation before, and it is quite new for others.

The program is modeled closely to one that helped the USA Olympic BMX cycling team. According to the UCnet article 'Mindfulness training program may help Olympic athletes reach peak performance,' "the first group of athletes to complete a mindfulness training program developed at UC San Diego won first, second and third place at the 2014 USA Cycling Elite BMX National Championshi…

Should I Start Running?

Tips for Future Runners - How to Find Out if You Will Like Running The Finish Line is a great place to find out if you are inspired by running
by Kathleen Lisson
So, you want to be a runner.
Maybe you want to start running to improve your fitness, support a charity or spend time with a loved one. 
Before you invest time and money, what is one quick way to know if you are 'a real runner?'
My tip for exploring whether taking up running would be an inspiring choice is to volunteer at a local race. Before committing to lacing up your own running shoes, find the website of your local running club - the San Diego Track Club is here in San Diego - and inquire about volunteer opportunities. 
Many local 5K races benefit charities and serving as a guide along the course or helping athletes at the finish line will give prospective runners a front row seat to the different ways that running makes a difference in people's lives. 
The first few finishers are competing at their top form and po…