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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The 20MR Episode 79: Chi Visualization - Running on a String

 
The Cavanaugh extended family, Christmas, 2010



After 3 weeks away from the podcast, it feels good to have Episode 79 out. Thank you for your patience. I have been taking some much needed time away after the hard training and half-marathon itself, and I must admit that I feel good.

In this show, I talk about the need for extended rest at least once a year. A recent article actually recommended two times of two-week layoffs per year. After running very little during this time, I must say that the rest did not apparently affect my running. I have felt good over the last couple of runs, quite good actually. I would encourage you to give yourself a break after working hard for training or a race. It will make you stronger in the long run--pun intended.

Also, I have a new visualization technique that came to me on this run: run like you are on a string. To find out what I mean, you need to hear the episode. It has helped me and I think it can help anyone who is experimenting with the Chi Running method.

Glasses are in. No matter how I want to think they are not, I simply run better--or at least more comfortably--with them. I'd be curious to hear from some of you who wear glasses while you run. What works and what doesn't. Maybe you wear glasses all of the time, except when you run. Let me hear from you on that as well.

After some life updates: I got a Nook from a generous friend and I will begin Unit 1 of CPE this February, we move on to the closing topic: Returning to Work after a Layoff. We talk in detail, but here are the nuts and bolts:
  1. Focus on  time, not distance
  2. Think ahead
  3. Reward yourself
  4. Listen to negative feelings
  5. Set goals the night before
  6. Feel better
Thanks to Rob Udewitz, Ph.D., for these ideas from his article: "Tap Your Inner Runner."

I hope your year is off to a great start and that 2011 is the best running year you've ever had! It's good to be back on the road, and as always,

Thanks for sharing some of the road with me,
The 20 Minute (chi) Runner

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The opening and closing music is entitled "Point of No Return" and is from the album by the same name by Roger Subirana Mata. Check it out at Jamendo.

The song in the body of the show is "El Paso Blues" by Smoke Ring Days. Check it out at Music Alley.

The background music is entitled "Second Half" by John Williams. Check it out at Magnatune.

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