Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"I believe its jogging or yogging. It might be a soft j"

Wow, I can't believe I've been blogging for almost a month, and this is only my first Anchorman reference.

For anyone who knows me in "real" life, this will not be a surprise: I am accident/injury prone. Let's review some notable injuries over the past few years:
1. Strained my knee skiing down a bunny hill. Actually, I face-planted in the snow, but my boot was stuck in my ski, because I was going, maybe 5 mph! Anyway, the strain was so bad, I had to be transported down the hill in one of those ski cart things by ski patrol.
2. I tore my ACL playing kickball. Yes, kickball. The kind you play in grade school (except not grade school in India. They don't have games like that). Apparently, its a very dangerous sport.
3. The whole plantar fasciitis fiasco.
4. And then there was today: I was jogging with Otto (maybe I was day-dreaming) anyway, I tripped over a giant crack in the sidewalk, and cut both hands open. My DNA is on Lake Ave.

Anyway, this is not a post about my injuries, its a post about a book I've found that helps you prevent running injuries.  The book is ChiRunning, by Danny Dreyer, and essentially applies the principles of Chi to running. At this point, you may be going "Huh? What is she drinking?" For the record, its Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay, but hear me out. The book focuses on posture and relaxation, and using the force of gravity to make running less of a drag. I asked a personal trainer at the gym to read the book and help me with it, to make sure I was doing it right. It really works! Seriously, I used to HATE running, but now, I don't hate it as much, and I end my runs with no aches and pains, not even from my plantar fasciitis. If you're considering running, I strongly recommend picking up this book. If you don't want to buy it, borrow it from the Library (you may not have been in one since college, but now's as good a time as any, and books at the Library are free!). Who knows, maybe you will have the same experience I've had, and actually enjoy running! Its worth a shot!

1 comment:

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

i'm excited to hangout with you tomorrow! that is all :)