Running Classes in Chicago
Do you want to run but have trouble finding motivation to stick to it? Are you struggling with writer's block? Are you looking for a way to keep your runs fresh and exciting?
Whether you are a runner, a writer, or both this workshop is for you. Most people are familiar with the physical merits of running, though running can have a deep and profound benefit to your creativity, personal growth, and mental wellbeing. Running is a great way to de-clutter your mind, get unstuck creatively, or get a fresh perspective on personal challenges. Capitalize on the flow of creativity by capturing your thoughts and ideas on paper afterward. This workshop will begin with a short warm up for both mind and body before a 30 minute run (all abilities welcome) with a short cool down. After the run, a writing session will allow you to use guided exercises to work on a specific goal, free write to capture any thoughts, ideas, songs, stories, poetry, prose, or just journal about your experience. There will be plenty of time to share your writing for feedback, or simply listen and be inspired.
This workshop will give you a chance to engage your body and stretch your mind in a supportive space.
Tips and tricks to make your runs more enjoyable.
Guidance in using self-massage techniques.
Tools to keep the creative process moving.
Your mind unleashed!
A journal to write in and something to write with.
Post run refreshment.
Leslie provided a thoughtful opening discussion and clear instructions for giving positive, constructive feedback. Our run took us through Lincoln Park Zoo on a lovely, cold morning. The other participants were welcoming, open and gave me great feedback. I left with some great story ideas. I definitely recommend this class to jump start your creativity and your running.
Leslie studied creative writing at Savannah College of Art and Design and was a featured writer in Artemis, the school's literary journal. She was the 2002 winner of the Georgia Health Department's Smoking Cessation Poetry Contest. She began running in 2000 for her health, and has run numerous events from 5k's to half marathons, and ran the 2012 Chicago Marathon. Leslie is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and graduated from Cortiva Institute - Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2009 and has provided event massage at both the Chicago Marathon and the Chicago Triathlon. As a runner, massage therapist, and writer, she is passionate about helping anyone experience the multifaceted benefits of running.