“In ChiRunning, as in T’ai Chi, all movement in your body originates in your center. It is your power source, acting as the axis around which everything else moves….the emphasis in ChiRunning is on learning how to run from your center, and the better you get at that, the less you need your legs to run.” ChiRunning
A reader asked me last night on my response to Chi Running so I thought I would give you all that quote. The more I read and study this form, the more it totally and completely makes perfect sense to me. Yoga and meditation have had such a strong presence in my life for the past five years and this running style brings those into play—it’s like it was meant to be….now I just need to be able to run! The Chi Running technique focuses (obviously) on your chi to move you. Your chi is your central life force that is constantly flowing through your body. In order for your chi to move freely, your posture must be perfect so your chi can “move through you like water through a pipe” (according to the founder of the practice, Master Xu). When everything is aligned you use your core to move you and practice relaxing your legs, all while practicing your breathing techniques. I highly recommend reading some of the Chi Running book or checking out the website. There’s actually a half day Chi Running clinic taking place in two weeks about three miles from my apartment but its $125 dollars and I’m, well, broke. I wish I could go though because I think it would help a lot!
Anyways, on to today! This morning I woke up (with electricity, thank god) and made a bowl of savory oats.
1/2 cup oats cooked in 1 cup water
1 light laughing cow wedge
1 morningstar farm sausage patty
a ton of texas pete!
It was divine. Using the whole egg for this concoction rather than just the white really made all the difference in the world. And I just love these “sausage” patties. It was such a satisfying breakfast, especially when served with fresh strawberries on the side!
I really enjoyed spinning by myself yesterday so I think I shall do it again today. It didn’t bother my shins at all and my heart rate was almost as high as it is when I run! An excellent cross-training activity, for sure. I’m itching to run though…….I’m hoping that I can resume running early next week or even maybe this weekend. It’s driving me crazy!
Happy Thursday everyone!