I've run less than normal recently due to changes in my personal life. I thought I'd hate less regular training and that has been hard but not as hard as I expected. A quote from the Chi Walking book reminded me that running and walking should be equal in stature with all other important activities in your live (p 56). Walking and running should be a vehicle for personal growth as well a fitness. I must say that never before have I found as many opportunities to develop concepts and try out physical tasks as now. I can find so many ways to play around with posture and lean as well as other elements of the Chi Running technique during every day life. I'm not a runner and I'm
not a walker. I'm a human being. The exercise we all take exists in the context of our whole lives, and it is essential to find a decent balance amongst competing priorities. The balance we need to find will be different at different times. What's great about Chi Running and Walking is that I am able to work on my running form even when I'm not 'exercising'.
That said, I do find for me that I can't seem to find the right way to balance my life if exercise is missing entirely. For me I seem to start withering away and coping much less well with the stresses and strains of life if when exercise is only at a minimal level.
The Chi Marathon book arrived through my letter box today and I have a least 2 other book reviews waiting to be running so keep watching this space for some more thoughts and views.