Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Uncanny iPod Brain

I Lied
Well, not intentionally... I miscalculated.  I thought my cute pink shoes were coming today but they are actually scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  I'm waiting, Mr. UPS... get your brown-clad fanny to my house!

My iPod has a Sense of Humor
Seriously.  Sometimes I think it has a mind of its own.  For example, it had been raining early this morning.  When I started out on my run, however, the sun was shining between the scattered clouds.  The first song that popped up on my iPod was "Walking on the Sun" by Smash Mouth.

A few songs later, the sun was still holding its own when Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain" came on.  I thought to myself, "Well, I might be a fool but at least it's not in the rain.  Yet."  Two songs later, Miley Cyrus' song, "The Climb" came on... just as I was making my way up a hill. 

Guess what happened not long after "Who'll Stop the Rain?" by CCR came on.  Yep!  It started raining!   I was beginning to wonder if I should consult my iPod for the winning lotto numbers.

The next song up was "Crash into Me" by Dave Matthews.  At this point, I decided it might be in my best interest to run on the sidewalk rather than on the street.  I was wearing my Road ID bracelet but I sure didn't want to have to make use of it!

The next- and final- song was KT Tunstill's "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree".  I was walking up my driveway when this one came on.  I turned it off.  I have always wondered about those lyrics... and didn't want to find out what they mean first-hand.

Wardrobe Malfunction
I recently purchased a RunningSkirts Capri Running Skirt for cool morning runs, like today's run. I love it!  The only thing is, when I tried it on at their warehouse, I was in a hurry and had my four year old with me.  As a result, I didn't get to spend much time really evaluating the fit.  I think I should have gotten the size smaller than the one I picked.  When I run in it, it feels like it is going to slip off my hips and drop to my ankles.  I spent the first half of my run pulling them up and finally folding the top over at the waist... which seemed to help.  I hate having to fiddle with my clothes when I run!!  I'm hoping they will fit better if I wear underwear with them.

Sorry.  Is that too much information? 



Ch-Ch-Ch-Chi-a!
As promised, here is the topic I'd like to discuss for this post.  Chi Running.  Have you tried it?  Have you even heard of it?   Do you know anyone who follows this running method?

If you have answered "yes" to any of the above questions, I'd like to know what you think.

I ordered a book off of Amazon.com but I won't get it until after Christmas.  I'm interested in this running method because it supposedly reduces injuries and increases speed.  Running form, foot strike, and thinking seem to be important aspects in Chi Running training.

I have never really learned how I'm supposed to carry myself and plant my feet as I run.  I just figured running is running, and whatever works is the best.  Based on my injuries and excessive slowness, what I'm doing is not working for me.  Will Chi Running be the answer?  I don't know yet.  But I'm willing to try!

14 comments:

Bethany + Ryan said...

or you could wear underwear over the capri but under the skirt, that would hold them up! That is such a CUTE capri/skirt! i have never seen one before, or maybe i have but i didn't know they were connected! It looks fun!

Running Diva Mom said...

I love running skirts as well, but also wonder if I purchase them "too big" as they tend to feel like they're falling off and I'm going to reveal myself to the whole world.

Too freaky about your ipod play list -- I would have totally been freaking out. At least it entertained you during your run!!!

Lisa said...

LOL about your ipod....

Anne said...

That's one smart iPod! I've been a follower of Chi running for awhile now, though retraining your body does take time. If you find you need more in-person instruction after receiving the book, there's a guy who does Chi workshops - in Mission Bay, I believe - to bring the lessons into focus. If done properly, you should notice an immediate difference.

Morgan said...

Oooh I love that running skirt/capri combo! I struggle with sizes on bottoms too... they never fit! Ugh!

Looking forward to hearing more about Chi running!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I am seriously cracking up...but the same thing has happened to me. I was running about to cross an intersection with low visability and totally zoned out. I forget which song came on but the lyrics were to the tune of "Look up and find your way" or something like that, I can't think of it now.. BAsically the words made to stop and look.. and I realized that I was about to be smashed by an oncoming truck.. Amazing Ipod!!

shellyrm said...

Maybe you have a new generation iPod that can think and organize the songs for you? Technology is getting sooo advanced. heeheehee

Love the running skirt/capris. Losing them, not so much.

Can't wait to hear about Chi running.

Janice {Run Far} said...

Oh my heck. my friend was telling me that her friend (who lives in another state) runs this way. I want to know more. Let me know what you find out.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

funny about your ipod... mine's done that too. Started downpouring in my 30k race last year, Steal My Sunshine started playing.. JoyRuN has been trying the ChiRunning I think... good luck with it! I have been trying a more forefoot/midfoot strike, hoping for less injuries too!! Here's to hoping!

The Happy Runner said...

I've heard good things about ChiRunning -- was going to say the same thing as Mel, that JoyRuN's been following it.

I'll be interested to learn how it works for you.

Southbay Girl said...

i haver a pair of under armor capris that do the same thing-I swear I'm going to be mooning people as i run-but other than constantly pulling them up-I love them!

Happy Holidays!!!

Meg Runs said...

I'm sure the girls will exchange your running skirt, they are so kind and generous! One time I had a certain "issue" at a race and they gave me a free skirt! So sweet, I'd try exchanging it!
My husband and I love Chi running. An ultra-runner friend recommended it for trail running and it really changed my form, relaxed my stride and I DID get faster! It really has some neat visualization ideas for your body and it works!! We also went to a free class at the Long Beach Expo and that helped a lot too. I would definitely read it and then test it out. It helps to have someone check out your form too(while you're brain/body is making the changes).
It does feel different at first but hang in there!

Glenn Jones said...

Chi Running is on my list. I've adopted a few of the tenets of Chi running (midfoot landing, etc.) and have seen a tremendous speedup over the past few weeks. I'm looking forward to getting the book and putting more into practice. Now if I can just set blogging aside for a while....

TMB said...

I love running skirts too! I have 13 of them. They have a great return policy and will take back or exchange pretty much anything within the first 30 days. Contact them, I'm sure they would work with you!