Running with Enthusiasm – and a little help from ChiRunning
I went outside this afternoon for a run, which turned out to be 7.5 miles. I have never felt so good during or after a run … I was so completely relaxed, doing body scans and correcting problems as they arose.
One of my biggest problems is staying tall and not leading with my dantien. I made what I thought were constant corrections and kept a steady pace (87 SPM currently), using my new metronome.
After my run, I was back at work in 15 minutes, no pain, nothing hurting at all. My pulse averaged 127, high of 135. Wow … how cool is that? I then realized – from the GPS on my phone – that my pace was a full 50 seconds per mile faster than I had ever done previously. I was at a 9 minute/mile average, which is a good time for me at my age, especially considering I only got back into running at the end of October. This is probably due to the fact that I opened my hips up and used 3rd gear for a while, just to try it out for the fist time.
Also, for the first time, I focused on relaxing my legs and calves as I picked up my feet, and it worked. I was able to relax them upon lifting them. That felt very cool, and the fact that I was able to do this, to will my mind to do this … I just had to tell someone.
To call me enthusiastic is an understatement.