Taking Your Running (and your Life) to a New Level - Chi Running

Taking Your Running (and your Life) to a New Level

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Sep 7th, 2009, 2 comments

Katherine and Journey and I were out on a run today around the lake near our house when we ran into a neighbor. As she stopped to say hi, she said, “I promised myself that the next time I saw you I’d tell you what has happened to me since you told me something at a neighborhood party last year. You told me to take it easy running the uphills and to let myself fly on the downhills. I always thought I had to work really hard to get up the hills so I wouldn’t lose any time in my races. But, you know what, since I’ve been following your advice and going easier on the uphills, I’ve actually been doing much better in my hill running. I’m not so tired at the top of the hill that I have to spend most of the downhill recovering my strength. Now I just treat the uphills like they’re the resting phase of my runs and I can blaze down all the hills and more than make up for any lost time.”

Then she continued, “I was in a leadership class last week and they were telling us all of the same principles… like, ‘maximize your strengths’ and ‘treat your weaknesses with respect.’ It’s all the same stuff that I’ve been practicing in my hill running and I find it working well in the rest of my life.”

It was so nice to hear her story and how she’s been using her ChiRunning practice to teach herself great principles to live by. For myself, the longer I practice ChiRunning, the more I find out that it’s not about the running. It always comes down to what I come away with, that I can then apply somewhere else in my life.

Let us know what transferable knowledge you’ve come across in your running practice. I’m sure everyone following this blog would love to hear your story.

All the best,



  • downhill running,
  • race training,
  • hill training,
  • running as a practice,
  • running hills,
  • uphill running

2 CommentsLeave a comment below

Laura Houston Sep 10th, 2009 10:42am

Oh that is so cool! I remember you telling us next time you’re out running and you see incorrect running form, mentally thank that person because you no longer have to do that. I was recently with a group of people for several days in a very intensive situation, the kind that can bring up all levels of anxiety and snippy behavior. As I watched others struggle and resist, I mentally thanked them, knowing that if I relaxed into it and remained open, all would work as it is suppose to. I know that all might sound a bit cryptic, but it’s a good example of using something I learned from you and ChiRunning! I am so looking forward to Chicago and more teaching!

I’ve only been Chi Running for 6 weeks, but already I have learned that being relaxed and focused is the key to unlocking so many different difficult professional an personal matters!  Thank you Danny!

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