Chi Running Lesson 6 combines the pelvic rotation and the lean. If this is done correctly, it will allow your legs to swing out the back of your stride. Key words: if done correctly.
As I did this exercise, my legs didn't feel different. I wasn't worried about my legs swinging to the rear, because my footprints in the sand earlier this week showed me just how long my “out the back” stride is. I did feel my pelvis rotating – some of the time. What was happening – I think – is that I would level my pelvis and notice the rotation. Then, shortly thereafter, I would notice that I was feeling tension in my calves and ankles. In an attempt to relax my lower legs, invariably I would let go of the lower abs, too, and there went the level pelvis and the smooth rotation.
I still have not mastered the art of keeping my lower abs contracted while relaxing everything else. This is what I will work on for tomorrow’s fun run.