Start Running Efficiently In Tough Economic Times

Posted by Ryan Miller on Sat Apr 3rd, 2010, 3 comments

Running in these tough economic times has taught me a lot, especially in regards to running efficiency and management of resources. I have learned to view my body as a company and apply common business techniques to my running technique. Here is a short list of my employees and their job descriptions:

Feet – As a foot, you are responsible for supporting the structure and providing feedback from the external running environment. Working closely with the Achilles tendon, you will gather energy from the ground and recycle it within the company. Requirements: B.A. in strength and flexibility, strong understanding of midfoot/fullfoot strike.

Legs – You will support the body in a series of momentary one-legged posture stances. You will provide a strong foundation for the entire company’s running technique. As you gain more experience, you will be asked to swing rearward and expand stride length allowing the company to run faster and more efficiently. Direct supervisor: Pelvis.

Pelvis – In this management, you, pelvis, will have a multifaceted job requiring stability, flexibility and fluidity. Staying level is a must for this position.  You will integrate the leg and arm teams and act as the core of the running company. You will also be asked to rotate with every stride. Requirements: Minimum 5 years experience in the industry, Master’s degree in stability and rotation.

Heart – The position of heart requires a steady work ethic and adherence to the company’s values. In this executive position, you will be asked to manage the value stream and ensure the brand remains true to its heritage.

These are just a few examples of the running jobs I have given to different parts of my body.  In my company everybody has a job to do. This requires a lot of body sensing and planning. I know that when one of my employees has to pick up the slack of a co-worker eventually they are going to break down and ask me to fix the situation. I certainly can’t keep an eye on everybody at once, so luckily, my employees will tell me when someone is not pulling their weight.

I try my best to be more of a manager and less of a boss. While running recently, I had to stop and have a meeting with my arms to let them know the company needed more productivity from them. As a result of their failure to swing rearwards, my glutes tightened up to help balance my slight forward lean. Once my glutes became tight, my legs splayed out and overall productivity was down 37%! I explained this to my arms and they were happy to help get the company running efficiently again.

All of my employees are well paid and have an excellent benefit package, including healthy foods and physical movement. I have found that rewarding my employees for a job well done increases productivity and greatly enhances the corporate culture.

 

Tags

  • achilles tendon,
  • efficiency,
  • energy management,
  • management of resources

3 CommentsLeave a comment below

Love this. Who should I speak with about a sore sacroiliac joint or the tight outside of my calves?I’d like to know who may be falling down on their job. : )

Keith McConnell Apr 8th, 2010 06:19am

Ryan - I love the business analogy. Very clever and useful in explaining some key components of ChiRunning. Your next performance evaluation will no doubt lead to a well earned bonus!

thanks, Keith

LOVE it!

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ChiRunning began to enrich my life on July 3, 2010 when I read the first 100 pages of the book and went for a run, and just focusing on ankle lift made a difference! My running life continues to transform and create joy! I smile when I run and love every minute. I am thrilled and grateful to be part of this ChiRunning community. Thank you for the opportunity to pursue becoming an Instructor.

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