Went to Chi Running Club again yesterday and it was only myself and Gray there, so a 1-2-1 session! It was great, he focussed, as ever, on my posture and then we had did 3 mile run and today 2 things finally clicked.
We do a posture exercise where we lean against a wall and align our posture. You have your feet about 1inch away from the wall, feet hip distance apart, ensure you’re balanced equally on both feet with your weight evenly spread across the feet. Rest your head and shoulders on the wall and engage your core so that your pelvis is levelled and the small of your back is on the wall
I’ve always felt like I’m leaning back while doing this, but today I realised why – I’m so used to sitting with my shoulders rounded and my head slumped forward, that with my shoulders back and my head up above my shoulders it feels all wrong! The realisation of this was an eye opener, as most realisations normally are!
The second, while out on the run, was related to my shoulders and arm swing. My left shoulder has a habit of creeping up towards my ear. Gray is always telling me to drop my shoulders and to swing my arms more. What I’ve now ‘got’ is how to drop and fix my shoulders in place, and how that links into arm swing. When my shoulders are not in the correct position, I swing my arms with my shoulders, when my shoulders are down my arms swing just freely from their sockets – it’s amazing!
So last night was a great one and I woke this morning with no pain in my foot – awesome
And I read this quote today and thought it was very appropriate for me right now (I’m still on a ‘I’ve just booked my plane tickets for a year off work’ high)
You’re on your own
And you know what you know.
And you’re the one
Who’ll decide where you go.