Let’s start this off with the winner of my thank-you giveaway. Random.org chose number 116 out of 131, so the winner is ozone3. Send me an email with your contact info and I’ll get the package out to you!
Now onto my continuing journey that is called running: There are lots of theories about how we should run. My old way of thinking was that running was about as simple as it got and that there was no need to think about how I was doing it. To some extent, I still agree with that–running is simple. But now I am also coming at it from the viewpoint that a combination of bad shoes and just the plain old maturation process can lead to a loss of natural running form. To get it back, you need to do some work.
Yesterday I took a chi running clinic, led by founder Danny Dreyer, to help progress my running form–or perhaps regress my running form–back to a natural state. If you ever watch kids run, you know what this looks like. I want that back.
|Danny Dreyer discussing running shoes|
The clinic was an all-day event and even with that, I left knowing I have LOTS of work to do. Danny led us through a building block approach to the chi running method. We began by learning how to align our body and as we moved through the day, gradually added on other elements until we could feel what proper running form was. While Danny taught, he had several of his certified chi instructors making the rounds among us to give more individualized attention. I found this really helpful because quite often, I might have thought I was doing something right but wasn’t. Or, I knew I wasn’t getting something and my instructor helped me get where I needed to be.
A couple of things really resonated with me from the clinic. One is to approach running as a practice, not a sport–much as we practice yoga. This is a fantastic way to look at it. I am just a student of running and will be for the rest of my life. The other thing I really liked was that Danny told us that if one or two things really clicked yesterday, to make that our starting point with chi running. My “click” was that I learned how to be a quieter runner. So that’s where I’m going to concentrate first.
There’s my “zen of running” nugget for the day. Do you concentrate on your running form? Or do you think you should just let it happen?