"Healing through Motion in Nature"


"Running reminded me literally what living was. And, at times, I didn’t feel like I wanted life to end but I felt like life and autonomy had been taken away from me, in quite a scary and sort of disenfranchised way, and running and movement, and being more grounded in the natural world as well have literally reminded me of that life force which is bigger than me and that’s really quite magical I think, isn’t it?  "

– Francesca Goodwin

Join us in this episode as Mauricio Díaz, co-founder of Aire Libre, engages in a profound conversation with runner Francesca Goodwin. Together, they explore the transformative journey that running can be, especially when intertwined with the healing power of nature.

Francesca opens up about her personal struggles with mental and physical health, and how the rhythm of her footsteps on the earth’s terrain became a catalyst for healing. Grounded in the natural world, running served as a potent reminder of her life force, providing solace and a path to recovery. The discussion delves into the symbiotic relationship between the human spirit, physical well-being, and the natural environment.

Mauricio, drawing from his experience with Aire Libre, adds depth to the conversation by highlighting the collective and supportive nature of the running community. Together, they celebrate the profound connection between mind, body, and nature, emphasizing how running can be a transformative and holistic practice.

This episode is an invitation to listeners to embark on a journey of self-discovery through running, to find solace in the embrace of the natural world, and to discover the revitalizing potential that lies within each stride. Join us for this touching exploration of resilience, healing, and the boundless joys that running and nature can bring to our lives.

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About Francesca Goodwin

Francesca is someone who creates, moves and uses her voice in different ways. She is a writer with a background in the creative industries; an endurance runner, specialising in ultra distances, and the host of the podcast Running on Joy, where she talks to individuals committed to ‘putting one foot in front of the other’ for the benefit of the planet and their own mental and physical health. Francesca loves spending time outdoors and, informed by her training in both traditional pranayama and modern breathwork practices, enjoys encouraging others to discover the benefits of mindful movement, wherever and however they can. She works as a PSHEE lead in the education sector and this interest, along with her own journey with mental health and living with a connective tissue disorder, informs her advocacy for greater discussion of chronic and psychological illnesses and access to nature and the arts for all. @running_on_joy

CEO & Co-Founder of Aire Libre.

Mau Díaz, born in Mexico City in 1988, embarked on a journey of academic and adventurous pursuits. He studied Marketing at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, delving into International Marketing at the Hochschule Pforzheim in Germany, and exploring Chinese Foreign Policy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His professional trajectory took off with a focus on Growth Hacking, where he honed his skills in team building and assisting startups in their growth strategies. Notable stints as a growth hacker at Propiedades.com and later at LECO shaped his early career.
In December 2015, Mau embarked on a non-stop 90km run across the Sonora Desert with two friends, laying the foundation for his venture, Aire Libre. He identifies as an adventurer who embraces running as a means to satiate his curiosity. His accomplishments include solo and unassisted traversing of the Sierra Sur de Oaxaca, covering 127km from December 28 to 30, 2017. In 2018, he clinched a top 5 spot in an 80km ultramarathon in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. May 2022 witnessed his relentless 140km run from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Cortez, spanning the Baja California peninsula. These exploits merely scratch the surface of his vast adventures.
Mau’s work at Aire Libre has not gone unnoticed, garnering recognition from esteemed international media outlets such as The Financial Times, Monocle, Men’s Journal, Forbes, Travesías, El Universal, Chilango, Sopitas.com, and various others.


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