Running and Non-identification

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I’m a bit late in blogging about running my Half Marathon but half term got in the way!  If you read my blog you will know that I have been following the ChiRunning Intermediate Half Marathon Training Program.  Training had gone pretty well and I lined up at the start line on Sunday 20 February feeling pretty relaxed apart from the normal pre-race jitters with approximately 8,000 other runners.  Given the race was on the coast, weather conditions were perfect for running, overcast but with no rain and no wind. I did the ChiRunning body looseners and jogged for about half a mile or so before the start.

This was my second half marathon but the one I had properly trained for. I had decided to start running at a given pace based on my running training and what was possible for me at this time. I started out running at a slower than intended pace trying not to get caught up in the “go out too fast and die later mentality” knowing that if all went to plan I could make up the time later.  I had written some form focuses on my hand to remind myself later on in the race when I might fatigue. It’s a little harder to stay mentally focused in a race situation with so many distractions but most of the time I was able to body sense my form and stay in the moment.  When I got tired, as I did in the latter stages, I used various focuses to help me, such as alignment, core engagement, lengthening the back of my neck, circular feet, relaxed lower legs and letting my arms dangle from my sides occasionally.

The race went very well.  My target running time was 2:07 and my chip time was 2:07:55.  This is by no means a record breaking time but a good time for this runner now, given my history and the outlook for me as a runner a few years ago.  The best thing about running this race is there was no recovery time. I went out for a run the following day and felt good; I had no DOMS and no issues since, just a great feeling of achievement.

The title of the blog is ‘Running and Non-identification’ because I have spent the last week practising non-identification.  In the ChiRunning book, Danny Dreyer, founder of the pain-free ChiRunning technique, describes it as “getting your ego out of the way”.  We are all obsessed with times and PBs.  Everybody wants to know how the race went but what we really want to know is what time the race was run in.  I would love to be able to say I ran it faster, I’m only human but that time is not now.  I have already entered my next Half Marathon in May and I look forward to seeing where ChiRunning and consistent training can take me.

For now I will leave you with a quote from Danny:

“Your goals must come from your body and from your present reality, not from other people’s ideas of what’s cool. Don’t think outside of yourself. Let your goals be an expression of who you are, not something that will impress someone or earn praise.”

Happy running.

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