Running: A Gradual Process (Half Marathon Training for Women: The Chi Way)
It’s already week 12 of my Half Marathon Training Program and Sunday is race day! This week will be less about running and more about tapering; resting and relaxing as much as possible. Training for running the half has gone extremely well. Apart from illness in the early weeks, and some drama over Christmas, my training has been consistent throughout.
When I look back, I am very happy about the progress I’ve made. In January, I recorded my highest running mileage ever. Last week I ran a 5k and took almost 2 minutes off the 5K I ran 3 weeks earlier. Each week I feel stronger than the week before. Running feels better every day. Training for the half marathon has meant even more hours practicing something that I love. And, I’m getting better at it while remaining injury free.
I am in my fifth year as a student of the pain-free ChiRunning technique, and I never stop learning. Each day I discover something new about my body. By listening to my body, I am continually working to improve my alignment and how I move. This has allowed me to participate races this year and I look forward to seeing what I am capable of.
On Sunday, as I stand at the start, I will have the confidence that I have put the training in. I have done the long runs, speed workouts and practiced the form focuses. Whatever happens on race day, I know that ChiRunning has given me the tools to deal with it. Most of all I will be doing everything in my power to stay relaxed!