running in the rain (surprise surprise!) - Chi Running

running in the rain (surprise surprise!)

Posted by Elizabeth Frost on Sun May 17th, 2009, 2 comments

Imagine that! I went running again in the rain today, again.

Seriously, for almost a month, we’ve been having these crazy days of rain. I think the longest it’s gone without raining here lately has been maybe three days. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, but literally every time I plan to run, I prepare to go running in the rain!

Took a 9-miler today and did it a little slower than my ususal 10″. I ran this route in Biltmore Forest. It’s a pretty hilly route, and actually matches portions of the Seattle course pretty well in terms of elevation gain.

The first 5.5 miles rocked, and then I hit a wall. Before I hit my wall, my running form felt good, I wasn’t listening to music, and I had a big smile on my face. After the first downhill, my knee started to talk to me a little bit, which I knew to be because my stride was coming too far in front of me. On the next uphill, my knee pain went away immediately. Good lesson for uphills allowing my form to be more or less perfect (or as perfect as it’s going to get!). It’s a lot of uphill for the first half of the run and then a fair amount of downhill at the end.

The last 1.5 miles were okay, but I attribute it to downhills and water (I stashed a water bottle at mile 6).

I imagined writing my blog about my running experience, stating that it was absolutely blissful and amazing and I was so proud of myself… and I think I can do that with about 85% certainty right now, but I was honestly irritated with my (slower) time and sluggish finish.

When I was feeling good, my brain and ChiRunning focuses were all over the place, but mainly concentrated on

  • tracking (big toe and pinky toe coming ‘off’ the ground at the same time)
  • using my arms appropriately, depending on terrain
  • barely using my legs on the uphill
  • trying to get my pelvis to rotate on the downhills
  • trying to breathe as calmly as possible, but without restriction

It’s so beautiful in Biltmore Forest that it’s hard to complain at all. The rain made the entire neighborhood look like a rain forest, and that was pretty special.

I would say over all, it was a good run. I stretched pretty well when I got home, and also did about a 5 minute leg drain, but I have a feeling I’m going to be a bit sore tomorrow. My knee hasn’t started any painful motions yet (last week by this time it had), so I think that’s a great sign.



  • knee pain,
  • arm swing,
  • breathing,
  • leg drain

2 CommentsLeave a comment below

Thank you so much for discovering the ChiRunning technique, Danny!  My name is Vi Tu Banh from Markham, ON, Canada.  I was told NEVER to run again because I have a flat-foot syndrome.  Two years ago, I decided to lose 30 lbs.  I was tired of going through the yoyo effect with all the diet programs which didn’t work.  My strategy was to EAT LESS & MOVE MORE.  While in a book store, your Chi Running book mysteriously popped out at me. (Now, I know what they mean, when they say: when a student is ready, a teacher will appear!)  I couldn’t stop reading it.  I purchased the DVD, CD & book package from your website and started running.  Also, I had a few Chi Running lessons from Mr. & Mrs. Kent from Montreal.  My first race was 8 km in June 2007; followed by 2 half marathons.  On Sunday, May 10, 2009 I successfully completed my first ever marathon in Mississauga, ON.  In total, I have run over 1410 KMS and counting!  The best part is that I am NOT even sore or in ANY pain at all.  To date, I have lost 30lbs; 13% body fat and 6 inches off my waist and am determined to stay healthy for the rest of my life.  I am telling anyone I know about ChiRunning.  I hope to one day be a Chi Running trainer so others can benefit from this amazing transformational technique.  Thank you so much again for discovering the Chi Running technique!  I couldn’t have done it without it!!!

Tom Jennings May 21st, 2009 10:34am

Nice job Liz!  I’m not a big fan of running in the rain, but running the trails in the rain is much easier for me to muster up to do than being on the roads.

What are your thoughts?

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Top 100 Runnning Blogs award


Have questions?

We've got answers. Check out our FAQ page and get your questions answered right away.

Browse FAQ >

Over a million happy runners can't be wrong.

Watch our FREE video series and run easier and better than you ever imagined. Feel the difference in your next run!