Mindfulness in Sport, Life & Running with Mackenzie Havey, Author & Runner

Mackenzie Havey is the author of the new book published by Bloomsbury, MINDFUL RUNNING. She writes about endurance sports and mind-body health and fitness for a number of leading publications, including TheAtlantic.com, ESPN, Runner’s World, SELF, and Outside.

She holds a graduate degree in sport psychology, is a USA Track & Field-certified coach, teaches classes in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Minnesota, and has completed 14 marathons and an Ironman triathlon.

Mackenzie lives in Minneapolis with her husband, 20-month old daughter, and vizsla pup.


In this interview, Mackenzie and Cindra talk about:

  • What mindfulness is
  • The benefits of practicing mindfulness
  • How we can practice mindfulness
  • How mindfulness supports psychological skills training
  • How mindfulness changes our brain


You can find more about Mackenzie’s work on twitter @mackenziehavey, www.mlhavey.com or www.mindfulrunningbook.com and Cindra on Twitter at @Mentally_Strong.



“Mindfulness is paying attention in the here and now without judgement or wishing it were different.”@mackenziehavey
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“One way to practice mindfulness is the mental scan. It’s not about changing your thoughts but just noticing what you are focused on.”@mackenziehavey
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“A thought is just a thought. We don’t need to take it as the truth.”@mackenziehavey
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“Mindfulness can help examine the doubt intellectually – not emotionally.”@mackenziehavey
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“Mindfulness is not about not having a negative thought. It’s about redirecting your mind to the present moment.”@mackenziehavey
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