April 2012 Blog Archive - Chi Running

Tuning our instrument

Posted by Nick Constantine on Thu Apr 19th, 2012, 0 comments

This helps a lot of people who approach form analysis in a heavy handed manner. That is they would like instant or quick results after the session. The instrument analogy is a strong one because it allows the principle of practice and mastery to be understood. When you first begin playing an instrument one can feel clumsy and a little out of sorts. 'Getting it' takes time and although we would love to play fast pieces of music there is a deep understanding that practice makes perfect. Running in my mind is no different from any other skill. As you understand your instrument, alignment and breath you will get the best out of it. Even as we get older your will simply sound different. 

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I wish I was an Ultra runner

Posted by Nick Constantine on Thu Apr 19th, 2012, 0 comments

Unbelievably running does just that, if you allow yourself to focus on running as a process for you and not simply an outcome to be squeezed into a challenge frame of mind then you learn to be compassionate to yourself, your awareness of who you are becomes heightened and, if following a form based approach to running, then your understanding of what a moment can bring becomes clear. When I teach chi running I emphasise that I am not teaching a static fixed movement that is rigid but an awareness that the window of balance is fluid, this moves depending on the surface, gradient or just with you.

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Running: Form before Distance

Posted by Michelle Muldoon on Tue Apr 17th, 2012, 4 comments

Training to heart rate continues to inspire me as I work on my Chi Running form. I simply cannot wait for my next run, to experiment with how any given focus can lower my heart rate.

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Hills and Trails

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Thu Apr 12th, 2012, 0 comments

Engaging your core and truly relaxing the rest of your body is essential to enjoying trails...

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Hills Made Easy

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Thu Apr 12th, 2012, 0 comments

There’s a reason Heartbreak Hill has such an ominous name. At mile 20 of the Boston Marathon, right when many people...

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