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Friday, March 5, 2010
Taking a Step Back So I Can Run Forward
Well, I was making great progress with my running plan, and then my shins started hurting. I have had problems with shin pain in the past, so I knew I needed to address the pain quickly before it kept me from running at all. Thankfully, I came across the name Danny Dreyer and his idea of ChiRunning on several websites. According to the information I read and the reviews of runners who attest to the technique, ChiRunning leads to pain-free and effortless running. With painful shins, I thought that sounded pretty good, so I decided to read the book.

ChiRunning is based on principles of Tai Chi. I am not qualified to fully explain it all, but the idea is that our bodies were made to run, and if we run with the proper form (including posture, balance, and technique), it should not be painful. What I learned from reading the book is that I am definitely not running in a Chi kind of way. As a matter of fact, I am running with a pound the pavement kind of form that is prevalent in our "just build your leg muscles" and "no pain, no gain" western running environment.

Some of the thoughts in the book are eastern-y/be one with nature/be centered in yourself kind of ideas. However, in the same way that I think a person can benefit from the physical aspects of Yoga without adhering to its spiritual components, I think that the lessons I am learning about running are truly beneficial to me. Unfortunately, I am going to have to take the time to re-learn how to run, and this will delay my progress in the Couch to 5K program for a few weeks.

Although I am a goal-oriented kind of girl, I am okay with this delay. I really want to stick with running long-term, and I know I won't do this if it hurts. Now I have to get busy teaching this old dog new tricks. I'll let you know how it goes!


  posted at 7:18 AM  

At March 05, 2010 11:59 AM, Blogger Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Pain-free is definitely the way to go, no matter what philosophy or what name! My shins hurt some too (but then again, so do my ankles and knees, hahaha!), and if I feel much pain, I stop. Of course, I'm not on the C25 right now, but I'm glad you're sticking with it. Hope you get a lot of good info from the Chi book, and you can "relearn" a better way to run. I can't wait to hear about your progress and which 5K you decide to run in!!!

Go Lauren Go!

At March 08, 2010 6:20 PM, Blogger Vader's Mom said...

Good Luck. I'm hoping to hit my first 5K on April 10. I've paid my money, so I sure hope I can run it!!!

At March 08, 2010 9:04 PM, Blogger Jana (sidetrack'd) said...

Matt is trying to re-learn how to run as well. He's been into the barefoot running movement since his knees started hurting several months ago. I find it all very interesting (as a current non-runner). Hope your "step back" helps carry you farther forward in your running.


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