slacker! - Chi Running


Posted by Elizabeth Frost on Mon Jan 5th, 2009, No comments (be the first!)

hey folks! good to be back on home soil… we got back from Ecuador at 4am on Sunday morning after a series of delays and an unfortunately junky airport-parking-dent-in-Liz’s-car-fiasco… but we’re home, we’re safe and getting back to 100%!

I am sorry to say that on my 14 day vacation, I didn’t run one minute. Not even the slightest. I had the best of intentions: in my suitcase I packed shoes, shorts, tshirt, etc etc, but never was I able to don the good ol synthetic clothes… no excuses necessary. Let’s just say that between seeing tons of family, eating at every chance, spending a great deal of time in the car, and overcoming some annoying minor health obstacles, I didn’t get around to it.

But I did today! I was a little freaked out to try and run because I was feeling a little bit puny still after recovering from some intestinal issues, but I am happy to say that I ran about 3 miles… the map says one lap around Carrier is 1.28 miles and I ran around it 3 times, so that’s 3.6, right?

I didn’t walk at all, I didn’t go fast, and I certainly didn’t feel awesome, but I did feel okay and I have to say that before ChiRunning if I had taken a 2 week break off running in any other time when I was training for triathlons, there is no way I could have run the distance/time I did today without stopping and would have most likely hated every step.

Thank goodness for ChiRunning. I feel great right now, and although my ego might be a little bruised (the last long run I had before leaving was so good!… argh) my body has responded well, both in my chi and in my muscles/bones. I am going to check in with Danny tomorrow to see what exactly my next steps should be between now and the 18th, but I am confident with some ganas and good visualization, dedicated runs and healthy eating I will be fine!

Here are some things I tried to focus on/felt while I was running today:

  • keeping my chin down, always
  • keeping my shoulder steady. I noticed they were getting a little crazy and when i straightened up and got them steady, I immediately felt like I had more energy for my legs. crazy.
  • my breathing was fine but a little bit tight. I think it’s going to be like that for a few more runs before my body readjusts…
  • I was trying to focus on not using my calf muscles, because right when i started, i noticed that my tendency was to push a little bit
  • I kept a very tall posture, imagined a big balloon on top of my head pulling me up
  • I tried to keep my feet behind my hips, though it was a little hard
  • My overall feeling was okay, some parts were a little easier than others (when is any run not like that?!)
  • I just kept refocusing my y’chi: when i looked around at other people or the road too far ahead, I got out of my body. When I refocused down to about 10 feet in front of me, I did much much better. It was more about getting my head in the right position I think than keeping the blinders on, because I did enjoy the scenery!

Okay folks… that’s all for now. Thanks for reading, hope you all had a nice holiday and an awesome new year. I know we did.

Scale: 6



  • arm swing,
  • chin down,
  • breathing,
  • loose ankles,
  • loose calves

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