Still Learning to Run

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Running Shouldn't Hurt.

A few years back my oldest son learned to drive a stick shift and within 3 months we needed to replace the clutch.  Twice.

The issue wasn't a faulty clutch or a poorly designed car or bad roads.  Instead, my son was simply doing it wrong.

Which brings me to a simple thought that works for running every bit as much as it does for cars (or just about anything else, for that matter):  

If something breaks, you're probably doing it wrong.

I was a runner before I became a Chi Runner and have had my share of injuries.  Feet.  Shins.  Knees.  Once, as I finished a run, my back gave out and I dropped to the ground in front of my wife.

Not fun.

With Chi Running, I've learned the importance of posture and how I can run strong and relaxed at the same time.  I've learned to run up hills with a lot less effort and to run down them with a wonderful sense of speed and control.

I've also learned to listen to my body.  

If something begins to hurt as I run, even a little, it means I'm doing something wrong.  Instead of powering through it like I used to, I now focus a little more on my form.  As I start running better, the pain goes away.  It really is that simple.

Of course, as the title of this website explains, I am very much still learning to run myself.  On some days, good form comes more naturally than other days.  And that's okay.  I'm a much better runner today than I was a year ago and I plan to be a much better runner next year as well.

And you can too.

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Darren Wilson is a certified Chi Running and Chi Walking instructor operating out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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