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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 technique. I simply cannot wait for my next run, to experiment with how any given focus can lower my heart rate. It occurred to me recently that since I started heart rate training in November, I have no idea how many miles I run a week. What matters is the quality of each run.

That ‘s a definite shift, I would always want to know my weekly mileage. I could go back and have a look as I do use a Garmin but it doesn’t seem to matter anymore. I do know I am running for longer and at least 5 days a week with greater ease and even more enjoyment. The continual practice of the Chi Running technique has allowed that to happen.

This morning, I came across a journal I kept when I started to practice the Chi Running technique. I had forgotten just how many injuries I had back in 2006. Seriously, there was not one part of me from hip down that didn’t trouble me in some way or another. As Danny says “technique is king” and so it has proved for me. It’s been a gradual process but so worth it.

I’ve also been inspired by Danny and Katherine Dreyer’s new book, Chi Marathon, a book I’ve been waiting a long time for. Not just a marathon running training plan, although there is one in it; this book will take you through a seven phase technique based program which will have you at the start line of your marathon more prepared than you thought possible. It’s a book that will change how you approach marathon running and might even change your life.

So, armed with years of practice and this book, I’ve decided 2013 will be marathon running year for me. I would like to spend a year focusing on heart rate training without the distraction of marathon training and hopefully be in my best shape for running a marathon in the autumn of next year.

Happy running.


  • marathon training,
  • heart rate training

4 CommentsLeave a comment below

This is great.  I have transitioned to Chi Running over the last year or so and love it.  I, like you, had numerous injuries before but now am basically injury free.  I am going to get the Chi Marathon book.

Michelle Muldoon Apr 26th, 2012 08:57am

Thanks Leon.  Enjoy the Chi Marathon book!

I was injured for 2+ years and started with Chi Marathon training around November last year using a heart rate monitor. I calculate the aerobic rate at 133 (subtracting 5 points for the injury) and I find it impossible to maintain this HR and I am practically walking. I just did 15 miles last Saturday super-uber-slow and still averaged 148. What am I doing wrong?

Michelle Muldoon Mar 28th, 2013 02:47pm

I share your frustration.  I found it frustrating and if you read one of my later blogs, I talk about it there I’m not convinced the 180 formula works for everyone at least not at the outset.  As you will see from my blog, I adopted a different approach.  I was further into heart rate training when I made the change than you are so you might want to stick with it for a bit longer.  I’m still a firm believer in heart rate training though so do some research and take a different approach if your body is telling you to.

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