2009 Running Year In Review

January 1, 2010

A very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all.  Thank you all for being a part of life’s unique experiences. Grateful. Period.

At the beginning of the year my goals were (from 2008 Running Year in Review):

– Continue running with a primary emphasis on health goals and not time goals.
– Continue to run happy, healthy, injury-free, and empowered with the tools to help me stay that way.
– Deepen my [ChiRunning] ‘practice’ by working on my breath, my relaxation level and my speed (indirectly via technique, not directly via more effort).
– Again run on average 35 or more miles per week.
– Participate in a Marathon, at least one 50K Ultra, a 50M Ultra (likely the JFK 50 again), and possibly a 100K ultra; all depending on my schedule.
– If a suitable Marathon fits the schedule, qualify for Boston (3:20:59 needed).  The NJ Marathon in early May is a target, but a fall Marathon is also a possibility.  I would also like to experience NYC if I can get through the lottery.

How did I do? Read the rest of this entry »

JFK 50 Mile Ultra 2009 Summary

November 23, 2009

The 47th Annual JFK 50 Mile Ultramarathon was held this past Saturday November 21, 2009. It is the oldest 50 Mile Ultra in the USA.  It was my third 50 Mile Ultra Marathon and my 2nd JFK50 (see last year’s JFK50 Mile Ultra Marathon Summary here).  Some new thoughts on the prep and then road, trail, towpath, and road to the finish … Read the rest of this entry »

Running Like Children

November 18, 2009

A quick post today referencing the embedded video which shows the elements of running technique utilized by children.  Note the running technique used for efficiency and fun!; a mid-foot (full-foot) landing and a subtle lean(*) for propulsion. This is very similar to so many other examples of how running ‘naturally’ instinctively utilizes these elements of Read the rest of this entry »

Running as a Metaphor for Life

November 9, 2009

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 Read the rest of this entry »

How Should We Run? (Part 1)

November 4, 2009

There are many opinions on running technique ranging from “don’t mess with you technique” to a “purist” mentality promoting only one particular approach.   So how should we run?

[Here is that ‘Should’ word again (see post Should We Run Barefoot?).  Personally I am not a fan of this word, but using it again here to make a point.]

The point: Only you can really answer that question for yourself.  The answer is generally more appropriate when Read the rest of this entry »

Persistence Running Technique

October 21, 2009

In Born To Run by Christopher McDougall, Chapter 28 is a very interesting read about the how and why humans might be ‘runners’; and how ‘African hunters chase antelope … and Tarahumara Indians would race after a deer’ (page 227) in what may be called a Persistence Hunt.

Below is a great video showing Persistence Hunting by the San people of Africa’s Kalahari Desert.  Note the running technique used for Read the rest of this entry »

Should We Run Barefoot?

October 5, 2009

Recently there has been a lot of focus on the concept of running barefoot.  Some purists suggest we should all be running barefoot, period.  Personally, I don’t care for the word ‘should’.  It implies someone else telling me what to do or be, when we all have to decide that for ourselves.

But can we just go run barefoot?  To help answer this, consider how long it has been since you ran barefoot.  20 years, 40 years, 60 years?; most of us have not run barefoot since Read the rest of this entry »


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