great run this afternoon… long, too! - Chi Running

great run this afternoon… long, too!

Posted by Elizabeth Frost on Mon Apr 20th, 2009, 2 comments

Howdy folks. The weather in AVL is lovely… and Brynn convinced me to go running with her and I am pleased as a pea to say: we ran 5.5 miles, it was awesome, and my knee really isn’t bothering me.

WHAT? I know, I can hardly believe it. I won’t say too much, cause it’s only going on 4 hours after running, but I really think it’s on the mend. I don’t want to or plan to go crazy running, but it is so amazingly joyous that it’s not stiff and slightly painful.

The run was good. I sucked air for a little while, but then just got in a groove and managed to keep my running form in good shape and astonizhed myself when I asked Brynn at the 20 min, 30 min and 1 hr marks how long we’d been running. I didn’t bring my watch, which turned out to be quite a blessing. Maybe that’s the problem with me. I should just always go running without a watch!

In any event, I was focusing on the upper-cut of my arm swing on the uphills and really trying to keep my feet nice and light, my chin down and the crown of my head light and tall to the sky. I also focused on aligning my body forward so that I didn’t have ‘stray parts’ going in other directions than my y’chi. It worked wonders. I really like having a running buddy, too. Some days it’s nice to go out alone and just really get into my head, and other days I am so sick of myself I just want company on my running routes. Thanks Brynn!

Overall I was astonished, happy and proud about our run today. We ran the 5.5 miles in about an hour, which included a few stops (@ lights) and a quick detour to pick up som moxa sticks @ the acupuncturist. All told, we rocked the run today!

PS. Ivan and I were dog sitting this weekend for Katherine and Danny (the dog is Mei Ling, no jokes, please) and my friend Rachel’s dog, Nuna. They are freakishly alike, and they had a great time playing. We took them for a hike on Saturday and this is how they were the rest of the afternoon:

Mei Ling (darker) and Nuna (lighter) in the backyard

Mei Ling (darker) and Nuna (lighter) in the backyard



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2 CommentsLeave a comment below

Don’t ya just love it when all goes well on a run…..after my long years of running I still get excited when I get back and tell my husband that I had a great run.

Do you think what you focused on in this particular run helped
your knee?  Glad you had a great run, and those dogs are adorable.

Linda Sue

Hi Liz,
It is so nice to hear you are doing so well. I have been running for over 30 yrs. and jsut recently have gooten back inot it..its gets easier each time I run a road race.. I love the feeling after a good is amazing. I got my 2 grandchildren Madeline 8 and Myles almost six into it. They ran their first 2K yesterday. I was so proud of them..then grammy ran the 5K..What a great day it was for all of us…keep up the good work…susan

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