a bit rough - Chi Running

a bit rough

Posted by Elizabeth Frost on Tue Mar 17th, 2009, 2 comments

… so while most of Asheville was gearing up for St. Patty’s Day celebration by drinking green-tinted beer, I went for a run with Brynn.

I have one word: Rough.

Don’t ever stop running. I am totally motivated now to not take such a long ‘break’ from running. I could totally feel it today, and even though we only really ran about 3 miles, it was rough. We weren’t particularly slow (given my lack of training) but still, it was uncomfortable.

But, I still felt leagues better and more efficient than I used to when I was a non-enlightened runner.

We ran this route, which I have run before, but we shortened it just a bit. It was probably closer to 3.4 or 3.5 miles, which STILL put us at a good 10 minute pace, but I could just feel it.

At the end of my training for the first 1/2 marathon, I had about a 165-170 HR and fairly low PRE (4 or 5 on a scale of 10) for a similar run. This time, my heart rate peaked at 185 and my PRE was about 6, pushing 7. I even got a little nauseated at the end, which was annoying and alarming.

This route has some pretty minor false flats, but I could feel them, and just used my arms as best I could to keep my momentum going. I concentrated on high ankles to create a midfoot strike. I tried to stay nice and tall, too, which I noticed at the end really helped my lean be more efficient and I had a last minute burst of quickness to finish off the run.

I am gonna get out there again tomorrow, I believe. Apparently Seattle is not the flatest route, and I have great training tools here in Asheville with all of these crazy hills.

There are a bunch of ChiRunners participating with me at the Expo and the race, so please holler if you’re going to be there, too.

Here’s to NEVER STOPPING. Ever. It’s way too hard to start again.



  • midfoot strike,
  • training,
  • arm swing,
  • high ankles

2 CommentsLeave a comment below

I am starting my 33rd year of consistent running and when I get a cold I always choose to put a halt on running to heal….when I start up again it’s like starting all over again, cardiovascular wise. I still find this amazing. Muscle wise I don’t feel any set back.  The good thing is it takes less then a week to get the cardio back.

I lived in Seattle about 10 years ago and loved running there….beautiful when it’s not raining, I loved the two different mountain ranges. Driving to work I saw Mt. Rainier every morning.

You should have a beautiful race there…...if you keep your
butt out there running.  Spring has almost sprung. How are you at
getting out early in the morning which is the best time to do a run. smile A caveat though….you do need to go to bed at a decent time and make sure you don’t eat anything 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed this way you will sleep much better and feel better for your run in the morning.

Linda Sue

Linda Sue… you’re right, getting up in the morning to run is the way to go. I really have a hard time running in the heat, so I got up and went this morning instead of last evening.
AND yes, Mt. Rainier is lovely; I went to University of Puget Sound my freshman year, so I am really looking forward to Seattle.

This business of working full time, training for a race, eating healthy, getting sleep and enjoying my friends is a complicated thing! And I don’t even have kids or a dog!

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