Chi Running 13.1 miles
In less than a week from now, I will have finished my fifth half marathon, and my third in Five Finger Sprints. I will have hopefully set a P.R. as well, because it’s damn well time I get faster.
I’m sure I will be tired, a bit wobbly and sore in the places that only golf balls can fix. This will be my first attempt at a race since my battle with ITBS, which cut my preparation time short by a month, making me change what was originally going to be my first marathon into my fifth half. Oh well. I learned a bunch this time, and I’m eager to put those into use.Chi Running has been extremely useful to me. While I make no claim that I’ve mastered the techniques and likely never will, they’ve made me rethink my style and have provided me with improvements to my existing form.
1. Always lean forward
I haven’t quite mastered the forward lean with the level pelvis, I’m getting better. Lots of situps and less fat around my belly will help level my pelvis, but just attempting makes it far easier to run. No more grabbing and pulling, more gliding and slightly shuffling.
2. Lower legs loose
By far the toughest part. I’m supposed to turn my toes straight, land on my midfoot and have a short stride all while not flexing anything below my knees? Um, yeah. You try it and let me know how sore your calves are afterward. I’m getting better now and my calves are no longer tight after a run.
3. Midfoot, flat strike
I still have slight pronation that I’ve able to lessen by strengthening my ankles and quickening my stride, but it’s still there. Goose stepping while shaking my feet out and then shifting forward, moving my hips in front of my feet in two strides, helps me to re-feel the sensation.
4. Run slower
I had this problem a bit in LA and certainly on my first few training runs here. Quick feet made me want to lean forward and run faster, but I always paid the price. I’m almost at the light stage of learning the foot strike, so I’ll wait until my feet are quick and light before I go faster.
5. Listen to your body
I have sports-induced asthma and think it makes me more badass if I run without shooting up. Kidding, it feels like cheating. Seriously. Anyway, when I do inhale a bit before I take off my chest relaxes considerably and I’m able to take full breaths, making running many miles much easier. I hate to do it, but I need to.
Less than a week until my third half marathon in Five Fingers. Wearing injinji Toesocks
for the first time. Any tips?