William Pullen is the author of Run for Your Life: Mindful Running for a Happy Life. William is a psychotherapist who helps people dealing with anxiety and lack of motivation. He helps people work through their issues using his revolutionary method: Dynamic Running Therapy. He believes that we need a radical new approach to mindfulness: an approach that originates in the body itself. I had the chance to meet William at The Running Awards blogger forum earlier this year and hear him speak about his life and book. He very kindly agreed to answer five questions about running and the motivation behind Run for Your Life.
What inspired you to write Run for your Life?
I felt I had developed a reliable and affordable way to address and improve a variety of mental health conditions. Of course the book isn’t for everyone, but if you can get out and get moving, I believe it can offer a way to really change things.
Have you always been a runner? (If not, what inspired you to start running?)
No. I began running about 10 years ago after a personal crisis. It was that experience of using running to address my own mental health issues that led me to train as a psychotherapist and write the book.
What new habit have you adopted recently that has most improved your running?
Personally, I’m always having to remember to put a proper swing into my leg. I’m rather slow and not much of an athlete so I tend to jog in a fairly lazy fashion.
What is your most memorable running failure and what did you learn from it?
Well I wouldn’t exactly call it a failure. When I did the Paris Marathon, my knees locked up and the pain was excruciating. I stopped on a couple of occasions and then realised if I stopped again, that was it. I finished in 5.5 hours but proved to myself that I can get through even the worst pain and still feel like a winner on a pretty average time…
Why should people read Run for Your Life?
It has much to offer all sorts of people. For parents, there are programs for running with your kids. There is one for running with a partner. Ones for depression, anxiety and anger. There is mindful walking and running. The book is, I hope, generally inspiring.
You can follow William on Twitter @PullenTherapy and if you’re intrigued to learn more about Dynamic Running Therapy, check out his book, available for purchase via Amazon. It gets rave reviews! Summer reading list, anyone?