(chi = ‘life energy’)
What is ‘life energy’?
Breath? Effort? Will? Ease? A combination of all these elements stirred gently.
‘Chi’ as Applied to Running
That’s been my problem – I haven’t stirred these elements gently. I have been using the word ‘push’ as in ‘push to make my time’, which after reading an article on ‘ChiRunning‘, I understand that it should be banned from my vocabulary. ‘Pushing’ goes against the ‘chi running’ technique of less effort while executing a better running form. Now the word ‘push’ actual slows me down – it makes me feel like I’m moving a grand piano while running.
I lean slightly forward, land mid-foot with shoulders relaxed, and imagine my head touching the clouds (what if there are no clouds in the sky?) I feel awkward at first, but the training runs are becoming more relaxing.
Well, I believe that I’m ready for my ‘effortless’ 29 kilometre training run.
29 Kilometre Training Run
Having completed a 29 km training run, today, I can say I felt the ‘chi’ of running. Every time I had a moment of pain, suffering, and the urge to push a grand piano, I readjusted my body position and I felt light and fast. (And listening to Madeleine Peyroux – ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ – helped smooth out the glitches.)
The Organized Bohemian and ‘Chi’
As the organized bohemian, ‘chi’ has been part of my philosophy all along – ‘effortless effort’. I use my organized side to get out there and run, while I use my bohemian side to forget I’m organized (aka uptight) and run with ease.