After a couple of fun runs – one with a new running group I’ve joined – it’s back to the Chi Running lessons. I decided to repeat Lesson 4 – which is learning to relax your lower legs and develop a proper mid-foot strike – in my new shoes.
On the run to the park, once again, I focused on relaxing the lower legs, ankles and feet. I caught my left calf tensing up more than once, and made the deliberate effort to “let it go.” I didn’t feel any tension in my right calf, so I assumed that it was perfectly relaxed.
Well, it may have been relaxed, but I’m still consistently pushing off with my right toe. When my left leg is relaxed I get beautiful, even footprints in the sand. But even when my right leg feels relaxed, I get the toe divot, which indicates that I am still pushing off with my toe.
I brought the camera along and took this photo of the footprints. I did note something kind of cool – look at how far apart my footprints are. I am 5’ 2 ½ inches tall (yes, I count the half), and when I run with my feet under my column I feel like my stride is pretty short. Au contraire – it appears I have a pretty long stride out the back. I kept my shadow in the photo to remind me to keep my posture tall.
I plan to move on through the lessons and come back to the sand next spring. I suspect the sand will be covered with snow until then.