I must have attempted more than fifty runs in my not so sporty life, but I didn’t enjoy a single one. Getting the motivation up to get my running shoes on and get out the door took me AGES, in fact the motivation never came, I would just force myself out the door, argh.
Then I’d pound the pavement and pant to the point where I’d nearly collapse on the pavement – crazy huh?
Then I discovered a way to enjoy it… when I trained in integrative nutrition we were basically encouraged to find an exercise we enjoyed doing. Because if we don’t enjoy it then what’s the point, right?
Out of all the different exercises available, there has to be one for everyone, surely? But I was still determined to pursue running, given my past experience it felt crazy, but it was true… I guess because the preparation was easy – you put your shoes on and away you go.
Then somewhere on my healthy travels I stumbled across ChiRunning – the tagline was something like ‘run with ease, and enjoy it’ – I was sold! I was especially sold when I read all the high praise for this running technique.
So I bought the book written by Danny Dreyer (the founder of ChiRunning), and I never even finished it, I just read it until I understood the basic principles – so I’m no expert, but that was enough for me. I now REALLY look forward to my runs. Unbelievable when you look at my history with running. And since I adopted this technique 2 years ago, I now run 10k each year (to raise awareness around the tragedy that is factory farming), this is me before the West London Vitality 10k Run last week:
When I get to that 10k mark I can never quite believe I’ve done it…
Two great bonus tips on ChiRunning:
- If like me, you’re prone to high cortisol levels and/or you’ve experienced some form of adrenal fatigue, then high impact exercise like running, can be detrimental to your health. However, when you adopt the ChiRunning technique, you’re less likely to raise your cortisol.
- If you’re prone to injuries whilst running, then ChiRunning is perfect for you!
The basic principles of ChiRunning are:
- Making sure your body is in a relaxed state
- Correct body alignment and posture
- Breathe from your belly
- Ensuring your foot lands with a midfoot strike
- Using a ‘gravity-assisted’ forward lean
- Engaging your core strength
- Making that connection between mind and body – this helps to prevent injury.
So if your relationship with running is what mine used to be then I encourage you to give ChiRunning a go! Here’s a link to Danny Dreyer’s website if you’d like more information: http://www.chirunning.com/
(By the way, I’m not affiliated in any way, I’m just very pro this style of running.)
If you test out this technique then let me know how you get on, I’d love to know what your experience of it is.