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“Nutrition” for Boundless Energy

Sep. 8th 2014

Here are my top seven elements of “nutrition” that I currently focus on to promote a high level of consistent and almost boundless energy. When my energy or my mood drops I can usually point it back to one of these elements being neglected or out of balance.

Since I am big on measuring so I can also adjust in the desired direction, I have also graded myself on each element and my current focus point to

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Shoe Type Gradual Progress Transitioning

Jul. 28th 2014

Gradual progress is a key ChiRunning principle which allows the body to adapt to changes in stimulus so that greater skill, distance and/or performance can be achieved safely. This principle applies to any change in running and in life. A tree knows to change gradually with the seasons to limit risk.

This concept is very important in shoe type transitioning as skill increases. Typically a transition moves toward more flexible, flatter and lighter shoes. The suggested approach is to focus on technique first; and allow that to signal when less shoe is possible for each individual. As technique improves

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Creating a ChiRunning “Practice”

Mar. 25th 2013

One ChiRunning concept that can sometimes be a challenge – is developing the mindset of a fitness “practice”. Adjusting your position and motion requires creating new skills and habits through consistent practice. To do this, the approach is to focus on getting something FROM each run … and not just getting THROUGH it. This is the mindset of a fitness practice, which might be defined as

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Skillset via Mindset

Jan. 21st 2013

This past weekend I was at a regional meeting for an international bio-tech company (*ASEA) I represent; and one of the speakers made the distinction between having the “skillset” vs. having the “mindset” to accomplish your goals. I, as usual, immediately related this distinction to coaching (and practicing) running/walking technique. It was a good reminder that no matter how much skill and body sense one can experience, it is the longer term discipline mindset that supports lifelong success.

If your goal is to run/walk efficiently and injury-free, it will take

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10 Ways Running in Minimalist Shoes is Like Running with a Great Friend

Dec. 10th 2012

Last week I was able to go for another run with a great friend. It was a refreshing, head clearing, perspective run. We did not need a watch, or know the distance. We did not need all the ‘stuff’ that is supposed to enhance the running experience. We simply filled the time we had to share our life challenges and successes, while still focusing on technique and terrain.

Afterwards I consider how both my shoes and my friend helped me “run” real. Here are 10 Ways Running in Minimalist Shoes is Like

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It Is All Connected

Sep. 18th 2012

When you start to body sense your position and motion you start to realize more and more that it is all connected. Every aspect of you is connected, in more ways than one. Effort or tension in one part of the body affects the rest of the body. Mental focus creates effort (and possibly tension) at the focus point. And what you think about, as in your emotions, also greatly affects how you feel.

We have probably all heard some variation of the following

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The Physics of ChiRunning, Summary

Aug. 12th 2012

There are many that suggest “gravity is a vertical force”, which is true, and that “it only acts downward”, which is also true. But then they say “gravity can’t help you move forward”. This I contend is not true. Without a full physics analysis considering all the forces present it is not possible to determine the net force on the object or whether acceleration or deceleration will result. Plus you can feel this effect is about 30 seconds …

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Numbers (f)or Consistency?

Aug. 4th 2012

Many have noticed that day to day times, distances or other running statistics are rarely posted here. It is not that I don’t like numbers, it is just that my health goals usually have little to do with them.

One goal I do like to set and measure is consistency. One way to measure consistency is distance or minutes per long(er) timeframe … say monthly or yearly. I like to set goals yearly. This removes my tendency to think and sometimes overtrain short term.

A great way to measure while limiting the day to day effects of measuring is to

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The Physics of ChiRunning, Momentum

Jul. 30th 2012

A previous post (The Physics of ChiRunning, Lean … Analysis) with a physics analysis suggested you can use the external force of gravity to your advantage. Doing this adds the concept of a “controlled fall” to your running gait cycle. You can get the feeling for this concept in just a few moments as described in this post (The Physics of ChiRunning, Lean). But the key to this is allowing the fall to happen as described in this post (It’s Not (All) About the Lean).

“Allow is a huge study word.” – Danny Dreyer, ChiRunning/ChiWalking Author

You can think in terms of allowing yourself to fall subtly with each step, but you can also

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It’s Not (All) About the Lean

Jun. 11th 2012

The ChiRunning concept that seems to be most referenced is that of a subtle forward lean forward to aid in propulsion. There are challenges in the subtle forward lean position (Blog Post: ChiRunning Common Challenges, Lean) and there are challenges implementing other concepts to support overall balance. One very important supporting concept is relaxation; and specifically relaxation in the lower legs, ankles and feet. To “get” ChiRunning, it is not so much about leaning some amount as it is about relaxing in any angle of lean. Lean too much and you will likely tense up. Just tense in general and

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The Physics of ChiRunning, Lean … Analysis

May. 10th 2012

This is the first of a few posts on the subject of physics in the running gait cycle. This post is a little long with some more technical content but my intent was to keep a potentially complex subject simple. A previous post (The Physics of ChiRunning, Lean) provided a way to feel the pull of gravity on an aligned column. If you can feel this effect and it works for you, leave it at that and keep practicing. If you want to dig a little deeper to see what might be causing this effect, then this and other posts here may be helpful to you.

Recently a number of opinions have surfaced online that oppose this body sense of falling

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2012 NJ Ultra Festival Summary

Mar. 26th 2012

This past Saturday was the NJ Ultra Festival at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta NJ. There were five events: 100M, 100K, 50M, 50K and Marathon. I was running the 50M event. This was my sixth ultra at this distance.

The event is a 10 mile route repeated to make each event distance. There were also partial laps to make up the one, six or two mile add-on distances. There was an aid station at the 6 mile mark. After each out and back you returned to the Start/Finish area which also provided aid. Each route started via a fairground road for about 1 mile, then right onto a utility maintenance trail for about

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Be the Ball …

Mar. 12th 2012

Recently a client came to a ChiRunning private session … and the first thing she said was “I want to be the ball“. Prior to the session I emailed her some “homework” to review. The homework included viewing the “ChiRunning Simplified!” video which provides a simple analogy. The analogy suggests that running one way might feel more like you are a block sliding a block across the ground and running another way might feel like you are a ball rolling along the ground.

The comment reminded me of the movie Caddyshack from way back … in early high school. Below is the “be the ball” clip from

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ChiRunning Simplified, Two Years Later …

Mar. 5th 2012

Two years ago today a brief 9+ minute video project was completed and posted. The video introduced the key ChiRunning concepts in a very simple way and was appropriately named “ChiRunning Simplified!“. The video provided a summary of the ChiRunning principles, position and motion that can result in significant benefits. Plus the video provided a very simple analogy to put these potential benefits into perspective.

As of this moment, the video has had

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Internal Fitness First, External Verify Second

Feb. 2nd 2012

Recently a client, now great friend, was proud to report that she had passed on the opportunity to have a GPS watch. This was big; she was once a distracted with music pushing through type of runner, disconnected and a thirst for more *validating* data.

But now she has transformed herself into someone who is “happy being in tune and listening to my own body“. Interesting choice of words … in “tune” and “listening” … which implies she is now creating

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