A Running and Walking Practice With My Mind in the Driver’s Seat

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Hello Mr. Dreyer,

I was listening to your Audible.com version of ChiWalking, and noticed it didn’t seem the same as the book, at least as far as I’ve listened. I was surprised to hear about what you described as “some part of your mind that’s always sitting back in the driver’s seat that’s driving this whole thing…it is not moving around, it is just pushing the buttons…” This is something I’ve felt when running distances longer than 3 miles. I seem to be behind my eyes looking out, being able to inventory the various parts of my body that are working to make my body run. During these times, the running seems effortless, this “behind the scenes” entity keeping track of things, making minor corrections…checking to make sure everything is running smoothly. I’ve tried to explain this to other trainer-friends, but they tend to give me that look like “what have you been taking lately.” In any case, as well as being happy to discover I am not the only one that gets into these states, I also appreciate everything I’ve read of yours regarding running. What I tell my clients is that running should be fun, and when it isn’t fun, you won’t do it. People approach running with the idea that they have to run as fast as they can for as long as they can, and that is what it is all about. So the points you make in ChiWalking about speed-walking and the like, resonated with me. If you have an e-mail list, I would certainly like to know if you are giving any lectures/talks in the New York city area. Thanks so much for your books and for sharing your ideas.