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Running while Pedaling

Posted by Laura Houston on Tue Nov 9th, 2010, 2 comments

Running with the Chi Running technique can be challenging to someone overcoming a lifetime of bad habits. For those of us who have been practicing Chi Running for a while, some of those habits can creep back in, especially when we are tired. A common error in running form is over striding. It’s so common [...]

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Feeling the Run

Posted by Laura Houston on Wed Nov 3rd, 2010, 2 comments

Recently, I helped Danny and three other instructors at a four day Chi Running workshop at Kripalu Yoga Center in western Massachusetts. As Danny taught and talked through out the weekend, there were many things he said that were worth remembering. Fortunately, David Stretasnki wrote most of them down and sent them to us instructors. [...]

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Daily Practice of Chi Running Focuses

Posted by Laura Houston on Fri Sep 17th, 2010, 2 comments

Once in a while, life happens (an accident, medical or family issues, traveling, etc.)  and one is forced to stop running for a while. In my case I broke my pinky toe, when I stubbed it on a root. Stationary objects are great for practicing your y’chi, but they really hurt when you hit them! [...]

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Ah-ha Moments in Running

Posted by Laura Houston on Wed Jul 21st, 2010, 0 comments

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting and assisting Danny at two ChiRunning workshops in Seattle. It was a full weekend with lots of good energy and inspiration. Danny arrived Friday afternoon, and despite having been up since just after midnight our time, he agreed to go on a run. There were some trails [...]

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Effortless Running Refresher

Posted by Laura Houston on Sun Jul 11th, 2010, 0 comments

This morning we held our monthly Chi Running refresher. Summer finally arrived in Seattle and motivated a couple of past students to come out and refresh their Chi Running skills.  After a brief check-in, addressing any issues or questions that come up, we went through the Body Looseners, and prepared to run. Our route is [...]

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Running to a Steady Beat

Posted by Laura Houston on Wed Jun 9th, 2010, 7 comments

Lately I have noticed how much my metronome has been helping my running. I have participated in several races the last few weeks and I usually end up running with someone. Sometimes I remember my metronome and other times I ran without it. If I was running with someone whose cadence was a lot slower [...]

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Running and Working With Gravity

Posted by Laura Houston on Mon May 31st, 2010, 1 comments

Last weekend Certified Instructor Natalie Isaac and I assisted Master Instructor Mary Lindahl at the CRCWIT in Chicago. The three of us met Wednesday night at a restaurant to discuss the next four days and we started talking about how gravity is used to assist in ChiRunning and decrease muscle usage.  A gentleman in the [...]

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Running Form, Distance, Speed

Posted by Laura Houston on Wed Apr 14th, 2010, 0 comments

Last fall I signed up for a 60K trail run in Oregon, planning to train through the winter, but my running was affected as I spent more time taking care of our dying family pet. By March, I switched to the 30K option (which was really 20.5 miles). Our cat passed on, and we took [...]

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Good Running Form in Bare Feet

Posted by Laura Houston on Mon Feb 1st, 2010, 0 comments

A few days ago, my boss forwarded a Nature magazine article to me that he thought I’d be interested in.  Thinking it was about something we were working on, much to my pleasure, I found it was an article by Daniel Leiberman et al regarding barefoot running. By now, most of you have probably read [...]

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Running Painfree With My Bag O’ Tricks

Posted by Laura Houston on Mon Dec 28th, 2009, 0 comments

I’m always amazed and grateful at the tools that ChiRunning has given me to make my running a more pleasant experience. And I’m even happier when I can share them with a running partner, and see the beneficial effects almost immediately, while we are running. I was running the other day with some friends who [...]

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