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“Pre” – Running in Famous Footsteps

Posted by Keith McConnell on Thu Oct 21st, 2010, 0 comments

One of the most successful and well know American middle distance runners ever is Steve Prefontaine. “Pre” was a legend in his time setting 14 American records and, at the time of his early passing (he was 24), he held seven American records from 2,000 to 10,000 meters.  Over the past four years, as a [...]

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Chi Running, Chi Walking and the Tri Trail Challenge

Posted by Keith McConnell on Wed Sep 15th, 2010, 0 comments

Last Sunday, I had the good fortune of running in a three part race in Eugene, Oregon called the Tri Trail Challenge. This unique model of a multi stage running race includes three phases, a 7K, a 1K and a 3K, with a short break after the first two stages while results are tabulated and [...]

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Running While Travelling

Posted by Keith McConnell on Mon Aug 23rd, 2010, 0 comments

As part of a recent 3-week trip beginning in Eugene, Oregon and returning from  Montreal, Canada, my girlfriend, Kathy, and I were able to run in a wide variety of settings. What struck me overall was how much better travelling can be when running is an integral part of the experience. With long drives and several hours of [...]

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Sport Psychology and Distance Running and Walking

Posted by Keith McConnell on Tue Jun 15th, 2010, 1 comments

“Pizza and Beer, Pizza and Beer”. Not exactly what I expected but these three words were what one of my students came up with when I asked my Eugene Marathon ChiRunning/ChiWalking training group to give me an example of a Positive Affirmation. Well, I suppose for him, it was a positive and playful thought that [...]

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Chi Walking and Visually Challenged Older Adults

Posted by Keith McConnell on Wed Apr 21st, 2010, 3 comments

Recently, I had the opportunity to work with a group of older adults  all of whom had limitations in their vision. This included a range of eye disorders leading to some having  a seeing eye dog, or a white cane, to those who appeared to be able to get along on their own but with a noticeable [...]

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Running a “Half” in Florida – Wind Included.

Posted by Keith McConnell on Wed Mar 3rd, 2010, 0 comments

As part of a recent trip to Florida to visit family and friends, my lady friend and I had scheduled in a Half Marathon run in Melbourne,  just south of Cape Canaveral.  Coming from winter weather in Oregon, we looked forward to a nice change from rainy skies and cool temperatures – running a Half in the [...]

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Trail Running……..Trail Falling!

Posted by Keith McConnell on Sun Jan 17th, 2010, 3 comments

As wonderful and liberating as trail running can be, it is almost inevitable that a fall is somewhere in a trail runner’s future. The question is not “if” but “when” and how well the runner will roll, recover and begin running again. Along these lines, I’d like to share a recent experience I had while running a trail [...]

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Running Form: the Key to Uphill running (part two)

Posted by Keith McConnell on Thu Dec 17th, 2009, 0 comments

Continuing  my Uphill running effort at Mt. Ashland, my ChiWalking identity soon became the major player in its collaboration with ChiRunning. It seemed a rational strategy to conserve energy for the many miles ahead by ChiWalking at a fast pace rather than ChiRunning at a slow pace. That seemed to be the way I could [...]

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Running Form: The Key to Uphill Running

Posted by Keith McConnell on Fri Dec 4th, 2009, 1 comments

Running uphill can be a real challenge – and it can also be a very positive experience. Recently I completed the Mt. Ashland Half Marathon which has an elevation increase of well over a mile and has almost no level or downhill sections. To clarify what I mean by “running” when I talk about uphill [...]

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Running and Walking the USATF Trail Marathon Championship

Posted by Keith McConnell on Tue Nov 10th, 2009, 0 comments

“Do I really want to do this marathon?” I asked myself just 24 hrs before it was to begin. The idea of running up and down hills on a muddy trail in the forecasted  rainstorm and strong wind  just did not seem that appealing (and my marathon training had been spotty, at best). But, oh well, I [...]

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