Running with Fluidity
As a runner, one of the things I look for in my own running is fluidity. I want running to feel fluid, not just a series of lifts or swings or stances or whatever else I might have been working on while learning the Chi Running technique. Of course all of this is necessary in the learning process as we re-wire and form new running movement habits but ultimately I want to feel my whole body is moving forward as one unit.
Lately I have been focusing more on pelvic rotation. This is an advanced Chi Running focus and not something to concern yourself with too much as you get started running in the early weeks and months of your running practise. All the basic Chi Running technique focuses should be in place before you move forward with this particular focus. On this morning’s run, I started out at a nice slow pace warming up for 10 minutes or so, body sensing and settling into the run. Once I felt aligned and centred, I started to pick up the pace. I put my attention on my upper abdominals just below my ribs and tried to relax everything from that point down. With an engaged core and a little lean, I allowed my hips to go back with my legs and let the ground pick my feet up. The benefits of muscular elasticity and recoil add to the feeling of effortless running as I silently make my way around the park.
I periodically check that my upper body is relatively stationary apart from my arm swing. I turn on my metronome to check that my cadence hasn’t increased or even dropped as I allow my stride to open out behind me. The more relaxed I can be the faster and more fluidly I can run.
I am not yet conditioned enough to be able to sustain the speed which this gives me for a long time but I hope this will change as I begin to focus my training later in the year. Right now I’m having a lot of fun playing around with it though!
- effortless running,
- pelvic rotation,
- engaged core,