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Chi Running with friends and focuses

Posted by Elizabeth Frost on Fri Nov 13th, 2009, 5 comments

In the past week, I’ve gone running three times. Lately, that’s a lot for me! I’ve been making the time to get outdoors and enjoy the crisp fall mornings.

Sunday I went running for 3.8 miles with the dog, surprising myself, and the dog as well. We had great weather that morning and going running sounded like just the perfect thing to do. I was focused only on not stepping past my hip and landing midfoot. I felt great the entire run, and couldn’t believe when I got home to map it that we’d run that far; I felt like I’d barely done anything!

Yesterday morning, I took Oliver the dog and went running at the park near my house, where we happened upon a Great Blue Heron standing in a puddle of water, the remains of three days of solid rain. Oliver stopped dead in his tracks and simply watched in awe, as did I. That was a nice way to start the morning.

Then, today, I went running with 5 other Certified Instructors; this weekend is an Instructors-only event here in Asheville, to work on our form, our teaching, and our business practices… I took them to one of my favorite little forest areas that Danny introduced me to. My focuses were landing midfoot, and on the trails, keeping my lower legs as limp as possible. I can distinctly remember, not too long ago, when the idea of trail running with other people would have been absolutely out of the question for me. What progress, thanks entirely to Chi Running.

It was a glorious morning for Chi Running, and when we finished, I felt so inspired and refreshed. I usually run solo, so running with others was very nice. I highly encourage any of you who usually run solo to try to find the right time and place and partner(s), and have a bit of a social time. It was so much fun to go running together, watching our forms, commenting, speeding up and slowing down, laughing and enjoying moving our bodies together, painlessly and joyfully.

Thanks everyone!



  • midfoot strike,
  • dogs,
  • don't step past your hip,
  • friends,
  • hills,
  • limp lower legs,
  • rain

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Living vicariously reading your blog. Saw the pix on Facebook. Wish I had been with you all. Have a great weekend. I miss everyone.

>>> I was focused only on not stepping past my hip and landing midfoot.

What would you say is the maximum distance in front of your hip your foot goes before you step on the ground in alignment with your hip/shoulder/head, etc ?

Laura Houston Nov 16th, 2009 12:19pm

Thanks again for such an awesome run, and for all your hospitality last weekend! You are the essence of what ChiLiving is all about!

Thanks Laura! It was great to have you all here and I can’t wait to do it again… Chi-Style!

Hi James, first, just to be clear: the distance my knee goes in front of my hip is different than the distance that my foot travels (total) in front of my hip…

I would say that my foot travels in front of my hip, before it comes backwards and lands (ideally) midfoot, below or behind my point of gravity (hips) is, on a good day, maybe 8” in front of my hip before coming back and landing flat… On a more challenging day, when I am using my legs too much or swinging them forward, it’s about 12” from my hip… Does that help? I will try to look at some photos of myself and see if I can verify.

What are your thoughts?

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