ChiRunning: Lessons from an early morning run…

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This is what I felt like this morning...

Today I failed. And I’m okay with that.

I missed my run yesterday (life happens) so I set out for a nice early morning run in the woods and everything was right with the world. I was going to figure out all of my problems and enjoy the early morning sunshine and fresh air. Needless to say, it didn’t really go according to plan.

I had to cut it short. Here is what I got from it though:

  1. Plan ahead: I should have known there would have been bugs on a muggy July morning. But I didn’t really think ahead and my run suffered. Lesson learned.
  2. It’s very hard to concentrate on your form when you have a cloud of bugs attacking you while you run: I must admit that I let them get to me. Those little buggers! Shame on me! And I bet that it’s safe to say that proper biomechanics don’t include swatting your neck and head every minute…
  3. It’s hot in July in Ottawa: I was a sweaty mess. I was going to pull off a Matthew McConaughey but see #1. The good thing is that I was still sweating up to an hour ago. I guess it kicked up my metabolism for the day!
  4. A short run is still better than no run: I’m still smiling. I got inspiration for another blog post. And I bet I will be really productive this morning!

I would have never would have been to get this out of my run before ChiRunning. Just sayin’!

Speaking of ChiRunning, one of their medical board members came out with a new website about “natural” running and the entire minimalist movement:

It’s a great resources done by a great guy, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, a family physician and an elite runner, who, in his early 40s, can still reel off sub 2:40s at the Boston Marathon. He recently opened the first minimalist running store in the United States in Shepherdstown, WV.

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