Marathon legend Catherina McKiernan will be returning to Reform to hold another Chi Running Workshop on Sunday 5th May.
- Chi Running Gurus
The day is all about learning to run efficiently, to reduce impact on the body and to prevent or clear up running related injuries. It is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn to run with an easy efficient style. It also ties in very well with Pilates as it emphasises the correct use of the core when running. If you would like more information please check out www.catherinamckiernan.com or scroll down to read a description of the workshop provided by Catherina.
The workshop will start at 10am and finish at 5pm and the cost is €110 per person, which can be paid on the day. If you are interested please let me know ASAP (email firstname.lastname@example.org) as there are not many places available and they will fill up fast.
Chi Running Information from Catherina
I video tape everyone at the start of the workshop to see their style of running. Then we go inside and practice the Chirunning form focuses through a series of drills and exercises. Posture is the most important part of good running form. The beauty of learning Chirunning is that you can practice the focuses in everyday life so that they become familiar.
Then we do another drill of learning to lean the whole body forward from the ankles so that we are working with gravity in our favour as opposed to using our legs to push us forward while we run. This takes an immense amount of pressure of your legs. The next drill is to learn to keep our lower legs nice and relaxed to prevent all lower leg injuries like shin splints, calf strains etc. Then I show the group the correct arm swing and explain the best mechanics for running up and down hills.
After we have practiced the drills which takes about two hours, we go out for a nice easy relaxed 20 minute practice run, where I talk the group thorugh one focus at a time and this gives people the opportunity to get the feel of running more efficiently and with good mechanics.
The next part of the workshop is to analysis the video-tape. This is a great learning tool. Everyone has a good understanding of the whole concept at this stage and I advise what people need to practice to improve their running form. One or two changes can make a big difference and help people greatly with their running. We have a questions and answers session, where I answer a wide variety of running related questions about training, diet, footwear, breathing technique etc.
Our 10 week programme has come to and end – booo, hisss!! But to finish it off Anna had set us a 5 kilometre challenge. It was the coldest, windiest day of the year and off we set to run from the Blackrock Reform studio to the west pier in Dun Laoghaire. I set off on my own, so I could focus. Just breathing in and out took a lot of concentration, and I was sore in places. But, to my own dismay and amusement I did it. There and back. Yes, I was the slowest of the bunch, and yes I had to slow down to a crawl a few times just to take a few breaths, but I did it. A whole 5k. And I said it couldn’t be done, how wrong I was. So just to prove a point to myself, I signed up for the next 10 week programme. Bring on the 10KM!!! (Please don’t quote me on that!)
It happens to the best of us, right? I have fallen by the wayside when it comes to running. Any and every excuse has been used this week from work to being tired to not being able to find a running sock all to avoid running. I have even substituted a run with long walk in the hope my conscience would forgive me. But enough I say! Will get back in the saddle and gear up for the weekend. I can’t show myself up in front of Catherina McKiernan who will be hosting a running workshop this Sunday. Can’t wait to meet her, she is an inspiration. Will sign off now, must run!
……. minutes I have run, all in one go, without stopping. Phew! Exhausting, didn’t think I could do it, but kept going in spite of it! I’m not saying I would bypass Sonia O’ Sullivan, but at the start of the programme I could barely run 1 minute. I built this up slowly to 5 minutes, and then to 10. The 21 minutes was less than the target 22, but hey, who’s counting! That’s 20 more than when I started. I find it a struggle, that’s for sure and sometimes I don’t make it to 20, or even 10, but will keep practicing. Road Runner. Beep Beep.
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