Running Seattle has turned into Walking Seattle!

Posted by Elizabeth Frost on Fri Jun 19th, 2009, 5 comments

Hi all -

I have decided that I still want to participate in the race in Seattle next week, but will be walking instead. Fellow Instructor Sarah Young and I will proudly ChiWalk the music-filled, fun Seattle course together, donning ChiWalking coolmax shirts!

There have been so many lovely comments from all of you, and I am inspired to get deep and listen to my body. “She” wants to run, but walking is the smarter more gradual choice right at this moment.

Who knows, maybe while we’re walking the 13.1 miles of the race I’ll have a breakthrough by listening and responding to my body continuously and have the chance to get to the bottom of it. I have heard so many fellow ChiRunners and ChiWalkers say that by listening and responding they’ve had “ah-hah” moments and been able to achieve another level of understanding. I think of this as an opportunity to get better at listening, and by walking, I believe I am taking the first step.

I took a nice walk yesterday morning and jogged for a couple of minutes throughout. I was frustrated because it didn’t feel great… I stopped because I was having a hard time getting my mind to focus on running form focuses through the frustration of the “squeaky knee”. What focus I do know I need to work on is the C Shape over and over and over again. Even as I sit here and type this, I am trying to keep my chin down, crown tall, and core engaged. So as I walk around between now and … (forever!) I will be working on my C Shape.

Visualization is a nice tool. It’s such a vital part of creating a mind-body connection. I think the process of visualization allows your mind communicate to your body what you want to acheive, with out your mind having to be “bossy”. What do you think about that?

Off to practice a walking C Shape.

Happy Friday to all.

 

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glad you’re ‘listening’ to your body. body glitches like my back (hurt it working) and your ‘squeaky knee’ are frustrating but also offer the gift of greater understanding and the opportunity to learn the lesson of being good to ourselves. we are gonna have some fun walking it in seattle smile

Laura Houston Jun 19th, 2009 08:57pm

Heck - you’ll get to soak in all that Chi around here in Chi-attle, as Joel M calls it. Wise decision - looking forward to hanging out on Friday!

Liz,

I think its great you are going to walk the Seattle course next week. In years to come you will look back on this as a valuable experience and will have learned a lot.

Good Luck in Seattle…..I have run many miles while living in Seattle many moons ago.

Linda Sue

Squeaky knees…  Is that happening even after you do body looseners?  It has been with me and I recently realized that it has been a long time since I have done them, mostly because my training partner dedicated 0.0 seconds to anything pre-run and I’m always trying to keep up with her.  So I found myself going back to the basics again with Chirunning and starting to do body looseners and yes, forcing my running partner to reluctantly wait 2 whole minutes while I do them before running :D

Admittedly, I wasn’t totally 100% dedicated to Body Looseners… I think that’s a contributing factor to the knee issue for sure. I just need to do them more and more and not let the hurry get in the way! Thanks for the encouragement, James. I really appreciate it!

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