Steamy summer running with Chi Running Focuses is a-okay!

Posted by Elizabeth Frost on Fri Jul 17th, 2009, 3 comments

So, remember I last blogged about lovely crisp mornings here in Asheville? Well, I must have been mistaken. When I got finished with my short run this morning I was stretching and noticed that I was literally steaming from my head. Granted, I have a large forehead… It was steamy hot this morning, and very muggy. When I was doing my Body Looseners before I got started, I got attacked by mosquitoes (they love my blood).

Bless Carrier Park in all its flatness. I walked down there and did two laps around. It’s just over 3 miles if you go twice around, like a 5k. I don’t know how long it took me, and I don’t mind!

I started with these focuses: tall crown, engaged core, 90 degree arms. I have a tendency to pull my arms up, so it’s really helped me to start running by standing still and then falling, but setting up the 90 degrees first and then recognizing as soon as I start how low it is compared to how I tend to bend my arms if I don’t think about it. I also worked on a short stride and relaxing my pelvic region to let my legs go behind me to help out my precious knees. No twinge of knee pain whatsoever. !

I wish you could all see Danny run. Seriously, I don’t mean to gloat because I get to see him at his best, but the man is so beautiful when he runs. I sometimes find myself imagining his form when I go running and try to emulate it. I don’t think  I do very well, but it’s fun to try.

I tried to take it easy with my breathing. I recognized about 1/2 way through that I was “efforting” too much, and using my lower legs to propel. I immediately let off and let myself fall. I could tell my PRE changed very quickly and I was able to pick up the pace just a touch by relaxing more. What a gift!

I might go for another run on Sunday. It’s feeling so good again, I am totally reinvigorated and hopeful and mindful of what’s been going on with my body and trying to honor it. I do notice, however, that my PRE is much elevated compared to several months ago… so I take it with a grain of salt because I know what I am capable of. I just have to get out there again!

Standing over a bowl of cereal and a Sudoku puzzle after my run, I rolled a frozen juice can alternately on each foot to help out my plantar fascia. It hasn’t bothered too much lately, but I certainly don’t want to nuture it.

Bon weekend folks!

 

Tags

  • plantar fasciitis,
  • knee pain,
  • arm swing,
  • core engaged,
  • warm temperature

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When I had plantar fascia pain, I noticed how I would have tension in my foot during the day and have it flexed at work, and then it was flexed more during my drive to and from work. I now consciously have my feet relaxed during work and moved my car seat back to where my feet point more than flex when driving. No plantar fascia pain since!

Thanks, Annie. I try to pay attention to my feet when I am at work, but sometimes forget. Glad to know that these relatively minor tweaks worked for you… maybe they’ll work for me, too!
Great tips.

Tom Jennings Jul 21st, 2009 06:47pm

Sounds like you are really enjoying your runs now Liz !  Yay !  And I agree, watching Danny run is simply amazing to see.  My friend and I at the February workshop was like “oh wow, look at that, effortless !”
“Erie Tom” Jennings
Race Director, Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs - OilCreek100.org

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