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Recovery After my First Marathon

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Tue Dec 10th, 2013, 1 comments

Recovery After my First Marathon

The most astonishing thing to me after the marathon was the lack of recovery time.  As a Chi Running instructor I tell my students often about the lack of recovery required in general after a run, compared to their pre Chi Running days, but to experience it myself post marathon was truly an amazing feeling ...

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Crossing the Finish Line

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Mon Dec 2nd, 2013, 6 comments

Crossing the Finish Line

There is no app for this, the banner read as I ran past.  Ain’t that the truth!  I guess that’s what appeals to me about the marathon distance.  There are no shortcuts, you must respect the distance and put the work in, at least if you want it to be rewarding and as pain free an experience as possible...

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The Day Before my First Marathon

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Thu Nov 7th, 2013, 0 comments

The Day Before my First Marathon

I arrived in Dublin the night before.  I took no chances and carried everything I needed for the race on the flight!  I slept reasonably well and decided I would go for a very short run to loosen up and help me to relax.  I didn’t wear a watch and took it very easy.  The run felt effortless, I didn’t feel any niggles, my body felt pretty good.  My only focus was to body sense any tension and try to let it go...

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So Close to the Start Line ...

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Wed Oct 23rd, 2013, 12 comments

So Close to the Start Line ...

Week 24 of 24 of marathon training!  The start line to my first marathon is tantalisingly close.  My goal when I started this process six months ago was to get to the start line healthy and prepared.  Almost there and I’m feeling good, very good actually, if a little tired ...

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The Road to My First Marathon continues…

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Wed Sep 18th, 2013, 4 comments

It’s been a while since my last blog and I’m now in week 19 of the Chi Running Marathon Beginner Training Plan.  Many hours have been spent running and it’s less than six weeks to the Dublin marathon.  There is still some serious running to be done but as long as my body continues to hold out, I might just make it to the start line...

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The Road to My First Marathon

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Mon Jul 15th, 2013, 0 comments

Running has been a constant in my life for several years now.  I love distance running in particular.  I’m never satisfied if any run is less than an hour.  My favourite run of the week is my long run, can't wait for Sundays to come round so I can head out on my favourite routes...

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Running Form: How’s your Balance?

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Fri Mar 15th, 2013, 1 comments

ChiRunning teaches alignment and relaxation.  In order to remain injury free and energy efficient, both postural and directional alignment are key.  Many people are challenged on both fronts.  If you spend a lot of hours sitting down, your foundation is going to need some work! Years of slumping into a chair and over a desk will play havoc with your body...

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A Mindful Approach to Running

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Wed Nov 28th, 2012, 0 comments

I run quite a lot.  To some of my non-running friends and family this seems extreme.  They simply don’t understand why I do it.  They see me as some kind of fitness freak.  Comments as I head out for a run range from, why don’t you take a break to, why do you push yourself so hard to, you’re really going out to run in this weather, are you crazy, etc.   They are, of course, missing the point...

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A Change of Heart

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Wed Oct 10th, 2012, 8 comments

A Change of Heart

If you read my blog you will know I have been training to heart rate since late last year.  This has been frustrating at times but on the whole I’ve enjoyed it and it has allowed me to focus and improve many aspects of my running form.  However, after 10 months I am not making the progress I thought I would and something had to change...

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Running: Time on my Feet

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Mon Sep 10th, 2012, 0 comments

Running: Time on my Feet

Out on a run last week, a single leaf fell from a tree in front of me, in slow motion it seemed, and I was reminded that autumn is on it’s way.  We are enjoying a late summer here in London but I can’t wait to run through autumn colour and the cold frosty mornings of winter.  I love running in winter; I thrive on it!...

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