….and My Story Runs On….
I think one of the reasons I want to write a post a day for 50 days is because I want to keep reliving this amazing, life changing experience I had! I promised these to be short and sweet. Please note that these are not necessarily in any order although ChiRunning is in the top 5 reasons why I had a successful race. How do I measure my success? Well, not by speed, obviously! I measure success based on how I felt during training, the race and after. Although there are several other factors that contributed to my success, ChiRunning is a HUGE part of it.
It was just last year that I suffered from plantar fasciitis and had to take several months off from running due to overuse and not listening to my body.
I would never even consider doing this race if it weren’t for ChiRunning. If you are a ChiRunner already, you know what I’m talking about. If not, I highly suggest you look into it.
First and foremost, it’s about proper running form. Technique is the key to success with any sport. In ChiRunning, you learn to minimize using your legs to run and use your core and gravity to do the work for you. When you use your legs less, you are less prone to injury and you use less energy which in turn can translate to better recovery time, speed and/or distance.
I had no pain while training and I was averaging 50+ miles a week for awhile. I had no pain during the race at all even though we were in sand most of the time and climbing because I knew how to use my body properly for these (you learn to adapt your technique to the environment you are running in). Of course, I did quite a bit of ChiWalking as well! I’ll admit that the day after my body was a bit sore and I was waddling around but on Monday, I barely felt any soreness. I know this is also due to my conditioning but I know my technique had a lot to do with it.
One of the reasons I love ChiRunning, is that the more you focus on it, the better you become at it. I’m a Master Instructor and have been teaching it for 6 years. I focused heavily on my form on my training runs with my ChiSchool audios and ChiRunning app and have felt a huge improvement in my form and efficiency. I felt great pretty much the whole time during the 50 miler.
ChiRunning is great for beginners wanting to learn to properly the first time around and also elite athletes that are looking at getting better/faster at their sport. As we say, “Practice Makes Progress” and you never know how a little tweak in your arm swing or your head position can negatively impact your running form….and when you are running 50 miles, you want to be as efficient as possible.
ChiRunning just used this comment in one of their facebook posts and I wanted to share: “ChiRunning and Total Immersion share the belief that you are ALWAYS working on your technique, because you can always improve on some level, whether it’s getting more physically fit, focusing your mind, elevating your mood or learning the art of internal stillness in the midst of activity.”
And for the record, ChiRunning has changed my run but more importantly my life in so many ways! I highly recommend checking it out if you are a runner! Imagine the possibilities!
From My Running Story to Yours….
(if you feel inspired to share your comments, do so below…I want to hear your story too!)