August 24, 2009
“When your posture is aligned properly, your structure is supporting the weight of your body instead of your muscles having to do it.”Overall, the most difficult challenge was keeping my shoulders, hips and feet aligned. My typical running posture if very upright, I keep my abs tight and chest out. My shoulders and arms always remain relaxed and by keeping my abs tight, I feel as though I am taking pressure off of my back. By running this way, I am supporting my weight with my muscles. The adjustments I had to make were to relax my shoulders more and stop poking out my chest. My upper body was screaming “What are you doing?” throughout the entire run. Not only did this not feel natural, but it was hard to maintain. In addition, I didn’t know what to do with my arms. How do they fit in with this new “relaxed” posture? At one point, I just let them fling around by my side.
“Like a meditation practice, the training of the mind and body in ChiRunning is more relaxing than letting the mind wander.”Training your mind to not wander has to be an art. I’ve tried to do this when running, during yoga and while praying. I have yet to succeed. If I am not thinking about something, solving a problem or brainstorming while I am running, I feel as though I’m not doing a good job of multi-tasking. Sometimes I’m so consumed with my thoughts, that I am not paying attention to my surroundings. This is definitely a habit I need to break.
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