The Force in Us

“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.


I used:

1/2 cup oats cooked in 1 cup water

1 egg 

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!

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  • JenP
    September 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Out of curiosity, what flavors of Laughing Cow cheese do you recommend? I tried Garlic/Herb the other day and was not impressed.

  • jenna
    September 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm


    oh! Well I really like the light garlic and herb….I actually have never tried any different kinds! I guess it’s just a personal preference?

  • VeggieGirl
    September 4, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    What a great quote/philosophy!! And hooray for electricity!! 🙂

    Hang in there with not being able to run – gotta heal first!

    Happy Thursday!

  • Christie I.
    September 4, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    My dear husband, who is training for a marathon also read chi running and he seemed to enjoy it as well. Glad you are really liking it. Too bad about the training program.

    Your breakfast looks great!

  • Heather
    September 4, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    So the egg and sausage are on top of the oats, right? Interesting… I still haven’t tried any savory oat combos, but that sounds really good.

    I like the chi running philosophy- hope it works out for you!

  • caitlin (see bride run)
    September 4, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    YAY for electricity! that chi running course sounds very interesting, but $125 is a load of cash to learn how to run.

    i love chinese philosophy, don’t you? it’s so cool to think of energy flowing through our bodies. i need to get future husband (he’s studying to be a doctor of oriential medicine) to do a little piece for my blog. it’s such an interesting way of thinking!

  • ttfn300
    September 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    gotta try those savory oats 🙂 glad your up and “running” (electricity, that is). you’ll be running before you know it–glad you decided to wait until you get it checked out!

  • tfh
    September 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I’ll have to check that book out!

    Yay for having your power back. And I know what you mean about itching to run. I have a good feeling about how your appointment is going to go–will be crossing my fingers you can be up and running again this weekend!

  • runjess
    September 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the info on Chi Running. I’ve been curious about it myself. Keep us updated on how it works for you.

  • Lindsay
    March 12, 2009 at 12:45 am

    How do you make this breakfast… it looks delicious I am home on spring break from college and I am trying to find some healthy alternatives from the crap that I ate during the first semester and then the first half of this semester. If you could email me on how to do this, I would really appreciate it!! 🙂