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Running as a Metaphor for Life

Many of us have heard the concept of “running is a metaphor [or mirror] for life”.

There have been many ways to apply and learn from this concept.  Just Google the phrase and you will see many posts on the subject.

A few days ago a great quote came across my path:

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are” ~ Chinese proverb

There is that ‘should’ word again.  I think this quote finally describes the reason why I prefer not to use this word.  As a runner and a student of both the physical and mental aspects of running, I immediately applied this quote to running.  A few years ago when I ran tense it was about all about “should”, the watch, the miles; all about external expectations.  I was injured often.

Four years ago, almost to the day I was introduced to ChiRunning® and its simple principles applied to movement.

As I learn running (and life) lessons, I run more and more relaxed for a number of reasons; primarily because I have created my own internal running ‘practice’.  I run for my reasons; for my health and to enjoy the process of discovery.  My running is consistent with who I am.  I have not been injured since.  Yet I am faster than I have ever been.

Interesting how that happens … which can be summed up nicely in my favorite three words in the whole ChiRunning® book: “Less is more” (right up front on page 4).


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Posted on Monday, Nov. 9th 2009 9:19 PM | by echifitness | in All, ChiRunning, Fitness, Wellness | 1 Comment »

One Comment on “Running as a Metaphor for Life”

  1. TinaBiner Says:

    I agree whole-hearted and have found the same thing to be true for me.

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