Initial Impression of Trying Chi Running – 12/26/11

Today was a beautiful winter day. Mid 30’s no wind and bright sunshine. 30’s still is not quite shorts weather for me but pretty darn close.

I have been reading “Chi Running” and have gotten through Chapter 3 since last night. I am really reading it, not just skim reading and that slows me down a lot. The biggest thing that I see after reading just this little bit, is that I have to change in my running form – is to stop walking and running with splayed feet.

Although I have been working on this some already, the book really made me realize how important it is to have everything moving in the same direction. TheWife has always made fun of how I walk and especially when I walk in snow – my prints looks like a “V” when you look back at them.

 

So while running today I really focused on bringing in my feet and not running splayed foot. Looking at my footprints on the road I noticed that, I am still splaying my feet outward more than I should be, but not nearly as badly as I have in the past.

Still it feels awkward walking/running without splaying my feet, almost like I am attempting to walk pigeon-toed even though when I look down, I can see that they are straight ahead.  Slow and incremental change are what the book recommends and I have to be patient. Changing how I have run most of my life is not easy and will take more time than a day or two to get it to where it is automatic.

However, I did run sub 27:00 for my 3.2 mile course which is only the second time I have ever run it that fast. The thing is, I really wasn’t trying to run fast, just trying incorporate some of the things that I read, without having read very far yet. Based on just this little sampling, I am very encouraged.

While out running, I met one of the neighbors out running with her dog and the second time we met she stopped and wow you went to the top of the hill and back to here already, you must be a really fast runner. I just chuckled a little bit and said no – just an old and slow guy recovering from knee surgery and trying to loose a bunch of weight.  At the same time it did make me feel pretty good = good ego boost. No I didn’t speed up to show off after that either, too old to worry about that stuff. 😉

This morning when I stepped on the scale, I was very pleasantly surprised, I didn’t gain any weight during Christmas, I came in at 172. That is the lowest weight I have had this year and hopefully, now that Christmas is over, I can get off this plateau I have been on for the past few weeks and break through the 170 barrier.

If I did a bunch of doubles this week, I could get to 100 documented runs, but I am not going to do that. Why jeopardize an injury just to meet an artificial number.  I know that I did over a 100 runs already, but from mid-August to late October, I purposely didn’t log my runs, I just ran – no watch, no loggin = no pressure to do more than I should have been. This is a big change for me, in the past, I would have had to cross that 100 runs on my run log, now I am not running to prove anything to anyone but myself.

Quality of Run: Very Good
Weight: 172
Time of Run:  11:30 A.M.
Temp:  36F
Weather: Bright sunshine, slight wind out of the north that seemed to get stronger on the last lap.

Now to get back to reading some more of “Chi Running” and re-watch a few YouTube videos to help me understand what the book is trying to tell me after chapters 5 and 6.  So far the book is very interesting and I have a feeling if I commit to running this way, it will help me improve. We shall see as I read more, but my initial impression of “Chi Running” is very positive.

 

Running Gifts – What did you get?

Christmas is now a memory, but hopefully it was lots of good memories! Many of us are sleeping off food induced comas, perhaps a bit too much of the grain or vine and some are even back at work today.  However, many of us are off this week and will be gearing up our running, looking back at the year and setting goals for next year.

One more post on “What did you get for Christmas?” Then I will move on to the other things.

Those of us who run, probably hinted asked, suggested or even helped others pick out presents for our running selves. Those things that we wouldn’t buy for ourselves usually, but that as long as someone else needs to get us a present, it might as well have something that we have eyed, but just never pulled the trigger.

What kind of neat things did you get that you suggested or “begged” that others get for you yesterday? Which gifts were totally unexpected but “way cool”?

I know that I did that kind of stuff before Christmas this year and even though we agreed before hand to really cut back on what kinds of stuff, we would buy, I did get some really great stuff related to running.

The picture above is my new Brooks Running hat to replace my old one that has seen better years and was starting to get a bit tattered and permanently dirty (no matter how many times I throw it in the washer the grunge is so bad it is part of the fabric ;-). I think it has become better known around the neighborhood as that crazy old guy in the bright green hat. But they can’t say they didn’t see me before they hit me.  I let it be known that I was interested in getting a new one.

Three books that I got related to running.

I suggested buying “Chi Running” to TheWife, because after going to the website and reading the reviews they indicated that if I followed the practice of ChiRunning that it might help me with improving my form, which definitely needs work. I have started to read it and just got to Chapter 4, we will see how it goes. The idea of running with fewer injuries is something that I really want to work on this year.

The hard copy runner’s log is something that I haven’t used in a long time and probably wouldn’t have gotten one for myself, since I have been using a combination of Google Spreadsheet, Dailymile and this blog to log my running. However, I will leave it on the table and fill it out every day, who knows maybe it will help to keep me more consistent, or if we lose power this winter for any significant amount of time, I won’t have to find a scrap of paper to log my runs.

“Running Past 50” – Well I am past 50 and originally I ordered it to see what advice they had for over 50-year-old runners. When the shipment arrived, it got sucked into the Christmas present vortex and yes I got a few smart-ass comments when I opened it up. Nothing overly serious, just smart-ass – not that I would ever be that way back to anyone.

These are things that I got related directly to running, how about you – any surprises.