Larry passed away Sunday. This was one of my favorite songs he did.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Can an old dog learn new tricks? Hmmm. I think this one can. I've been running for a lot of years on a regular basis so it really takes a lot of motivation and effort to change running form. I do have the willingness to do it if it means more miles for me and less injuries. By the way, I'm still running with my orthotics in my shoes and I'd like to take them out--but not yet.
Meanwhile, I've been reading about Chi running. Although my running form is not bad, a few tweaks in my style may go a long ways.
What is chi running? It is about running technique that employs the core muscles of the trunk. Less about the legs and more about the core. Danny Dreyer says he created the technique to "heal and prevent injuries and also to run faster, farther, and with much less effort at any age." (off the back cover of the book) Well I'm interested. We'll see. I'm still a bit skeptical...is this technique truly for every runner? Maybe we weren't all built to run the same style?
I just started working on this. Friday I ran 14 miles and all of me felt great except for my knees. My knees screamed the whole way and the more sensible part of me said "Don't do this you fool!" The runner in me said "You really need to get this run in." The runner in me won. I finished the run and then took Saturday off--lots of ice with every opportunity I had to sit. I read Chi running with ice on my knees.
Sunday the knees were still a little tender, but I decided to run 5 with my husband and practice the Chi running. (As best as I know so far.) No pain in my knees at all. None. I was pleasantly surprised.
I did notice I had to do a over-all body check frequently, especially while conversing with my husband. When you are talking it is easy to forget and slip into old habits.
The one visualization Danny used in the book that I liked was that of the Roadrunner (cartoon); a great lean, with feet spinning like a wheel behind him. Who wouldn't want to run as fast as the Roadrunner!
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