6 Steps: Change Your Running, Change Your Life

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  ~ Mary Oliver


I often hear the question, “What do you want?”

What do you want for Christmas? What do you want to do this weekend? What do you want for dinner? What do you want to do for your next running event?  

It’s the number one question in most self help books. You can’t get what you want unless you know what you’re aiming for!

ChiRunning and Walking are founded on principles of movement. You can transfer all of these Chi principles to create forward movement toward improving your running, writing a novel, getting a degree or cooking a healthy meal.

We’ve broken it down into six steps:   







Awareness is first:  The Winter Solstice has been celebrated for centuries as a time of rest and introspection. It's a gentle, transitional time to slow down internally; to look back over the year and take stock on where you're at right now; to look at all your accomplishments and challenges and ask yourself what “seeds” you'd like to plant moving forward. If running well is your goal, you can do this same review of your ChiRunning® progress.  This review is an exercise in awareness and it's the first step to shaping successful resolutions that lead to real and lasting change.

You’ll get the most clear sense when you Body Sense how you feel. This physical awareness is the fist step toward feeling what you really want.

Acceptance: Begin with where you are. You want to run a marathon, but you feel pain at mile 4 of every run. You want to lose weight, but eat a lot of sweets. Acceptance is where you acknowledge what is, acknowledge your limitations and acknowledge your potential. Say “yes” to whatever is the reality of your life.

Understanding: From awareness and acceptance comes understanding. “I have a deep  desire to get in shape (awareness).” “I keep getting injured (acceptance)” “I need to learn some new  tools and get some help (understanding).” Understanding can be a flash of insight or a waking up slowly to a realization. Sometimes it takes time to look at your situation from several angles. You can’t force understanding but you can “seek…to understand” as the Prayer of St. Francis suggests (which Steven Covey then borrowed for his 7 Habits book).

Resolution: A resolution is an “earnest” decision. It is a firm and strong intention. Resolutions should not be made lightly, because you’ll get in the habit of not keeping them. When you make a resolution, you should mean it.  You are committing to a course of action. “I am resolved to get in shape this year.” “I am resolved to being less critical of myself.” “I am committed to working on my fear of failure.” This is an essential component to change. Strong resolutions is something to draw upon in times of doubt.

Solution: Solution is where you create a plan of action.  Assess what tools you’ll need, what obstacles might cross your path. As our friend David Wilcox (the singer, songwriter) said, “I realized that the obstacle is not in my path, but that it “is” my path”. Plan your running regimen. Plan your diet changes. Get help where needed. One of our Certified Instructors would love to help you!

Action: Believe it or not, when you’ve taken the first five steps, action is the easy part. If you’ve done all the rest well, action is like letting gravity move you forward…relaxed and easy!!! You just fall into your solution and move forward into your new way of running, or walking or eating or being.

Before making resolutions, use this season of Solstice to feel and discover what you really want. Make this your best year, not just another year. 

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