Nancy Nelson Music

Gradual Progress

by on Mar.06, 2011, under Nutrition

I don’t know about you, but I love to see instant results. Over the past year and a half I have been practicing my ChiRunning and there are times I think what the heck am I doing. Being patient with myself, I am seeing results and a freedom in my running. Not only am I training my mind and body to learn the new focuses, but I am gaining confidence and running further, freer and faster than I have ever done before.

I am on week 5 in the ChiRunning Half Marathon Intermediate guide and sometimes I feel like I am going backwards. This week has made me realize that I need to take the time it takes to loosen up, do my body sensing and know when I am pushing myself too hard.

Here are the focuses that have helped me out this week:

In 1st gear, breathe, relax, shorten your stride and use your Chi. Going into 2nd gear, let your arms swing naturally to the rear and find the balance in your lean. Let your lean be your gas pedal, play with it, enjoy it, have fun with it. Visualize your feet going in a circle and find your sweet spot in the lean. Sometimes this happens for only a short time for me, so when I feel like I am falling apart and loosing focus, I go back to the basics, shorten my stride, lengthen the back of my neck and my confidence is back and I continue to enjoy my run.

Don’t take yourself too seriously out there, enjoy the you that God has made and see the progress happen right before your eyes!!!!

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