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Even after a difficult run, it still feels better than not running at all. It's ok to slow down sometimes, just don't stop.

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9/23/02
Speed Bumps

What was going on? Before I had rounded the first turn, I could tell it was going to be far from effortless today. Each step was a struggle, as if someone had turned up the force of gravity. What happened? Wasn’t this supposed to be getting easier?

I’m never going to make this next lap, I thought. I remembered Robert’s advice: Don’t think about completing the next lap, just think about completing the next step.

running legs

Who put glue on the track?

I adjusted my posture, concentrating on the “three Ls” of ChiRunning: Lean (from the ankles), Limp (relaxed lower leg) and Lift (feet out behind). I worked with my breathing: in through my nose for two beats, out through softly pursed lips for three beats, pulling in my abdominals to exhale fully.

Despite my efforts, a half mile later I gave into my urge to stop. I’ll be all right after walking a lap, I told myself. When I started running again, however, it felt like I was dragging a tractor behind me. Another half mile and I was back walking.

Afterwards, I talked to some of my runner friends, and they told me what I experienced is common: sometimes it’s just harder. I might never know the reason—too little sleep, fighting a cold, a tough workout the day before—it could be almost anything. The good news is it’s not a setback, just a speed bump. For whatever reason, my body needed to slow down, and I let it.

And sure enough, with my next run, I was back, moving faster and easier than ever.

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