Sunday, May 21, 2006

Core Concepts

Another barefoot runner posted this comment about chi-running, or running from the "core."
I really like its concepts.


The subtleties of barefooting continue to reveal themselves; of late, the key seems to be in the core - or should I say "cores":
1) The core of our strength, in the navel just below the belly button
The basic "chi" form of engaging the core allows the very foundation of your strength to gently (and, ideally, quickly) pulse the hips alternately side to side and ever so slightly upward (I often envision the super-quick stride of the legendary "Pre" in the film "Without Limits." One-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three...). This centrally-sourced motion swings the upper legs; along with a bended knee, it creates the sought-after "lift" of the feet.
2) The core of the Earth, to which we gravitate in a forward fall
Core strength, combined with lean from the ankles up, generates forward motion.
From time to time, I catch my self focusing on "lifting my feet," per se, or arm swing to facilitate rapid [foot] turnover. I just redirect my focus to the cores, and I'm flying again; distractions such as push-off abrasions, road conditions, or torquing ankles, achilles, or knees seem to melt magically away.
I LOVE this game!



Isn't that a great post?

1 comment:

Papa Louie said...

Thanks for the post. I'm going to have to learn to find my chi while running. Maybe I have at times but it's good to be reminded to focus on the cores movement.