RtR Week 9 – Finding My Chi

Happy Monday!

Last week marked week 9 of Run to Remember training, and while I’m no longer closely following a training plan, I still like to use these weekly check-ins to hold myself accountable. And, as always, I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for the #WeeklyWrap.

For the most part, it was a pretty uneventful week – a good mix of some easy runs, yoga, planks (of course), and strength work.

The highlight of the week was attending a Chi Running clinic!

The clinic was just awesome! As evidenced by the fact that I was so engrossed from beginning to end that I took not a single picture. There was so much great information  – seriously my head’s still spinning!

I completely lucked out in that we had a great group of just 7 – all dealing with varying challenges/past injuries, and with big goals ahead. Our coach Marc did an excellent job of breaking down the posture, arm swing, foot strike, cadence, gears, and hills. Yeah – like I said…a lot of info!

We did a mix of drills and my favorite part was the group run at the end, where Marc ran with each of us giving cues on things we needed to focus on. By the end, I can understand why Marc kept emphasizing that Chi Running is a practice (like yoga or meditation), not a quick fix.

I can’t wait to get my video analysis and am already looking forward to Marc’s next session!

So, of course, I had to head out Sunday morning to start to put my new Chi knowledge into practice!

How was your week? Have you ever attended a running clinic?

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  1. Didn’t even know there was something like a running clinic! Love the fact he actually ran with each of you and told you what you need to work on. What a brilliant experience. Thanks for sharing – will need to investigate if there is something like that in my area.
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  2. I went to a running clinic a few years ago with Newton – it was interesting but the shoes didn’t work for me! I have the Chi Running book but honestly I never finished it – I definitely thought it had great information. I’d love to learn more about it!
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    • I did a Newton clinic too, and like you, the shoes just didn’t work for me. I had a tough time getting through the book – the clinic really helped bring it to life and made the information much more relatable.

  3. So I’ve had a few friends take these clinics, but I still don’t understand exactly what chi running is lol! Can you help me out – is it a focus on a certain form or something else?
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  4. I’ve always been curious about Chi running. I know I could benefit from a running clinic …but then there’s that whole “change” thing. It’s so hard to change…..especially how you’ve been running for 10+ years!!
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  5. Sounds interesting! I’ve never been to a running clinic but it sounds like a great way to get some good info on running form. Cool that the coach runs with you giving tips on what to focus on and a video analysis?? Nice!
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  6. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home says:

    I’m so intrigued by Chi Running! I’d love to learn more. I do read his blog. I’ll be curious how it works for you.
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  7. Wow. I can only imagine how having that feedback can be so helpful! That is awesome!

  8. I have always wanted to do one of these clinics! It’s hard to really know if you are doing it right just from the book itself
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  9. Nice!! I did a Chi Running workshop years ago and I still try to put many things into practise whilst running. Especially how I position my body, how I run uphill and how I run DOWNhill. I absolutely loved the workshop and recommend it for more “mindfull” running technique.
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  10. I’ve been intrigued by this since reading an article about it years ago. There was a Chi runner attending my coaching certification class. So, we all went outside and practiced Chi running while our instructor pointed our everyone’s bad form. LOL. It would be great to go to a clinic. I hope you have much success with it! Thanks for linking, Michelle!

    • Thanks Holly. I’m really going to try to stick with it and see if it can help minimize some of my recurring injuries as time goes on.

  11. Your post is so informative. This is the first time I am hearing about running clinic!
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