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Swapping Running notes with Friends from USA and Australia

November 2, 2012

So I am in Dallas, Texas, at a Gala event. It’s 5:30 am and I agreed to run with a friend (ironman competitor) from the USA and another Australian friend (who has just qualified for the World Champion half ironman).

Sue was already waiting in the foyer of our hotel. Sandy arrived soon after with the map of the running trail. We agreed to run about an hour. That would give time to shower, change and eat breakfast before our seminar.

English: Seal of the City of Dallas

English: Seal of the City of Dallas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was pitch black. We set off in the direction that Sue & Sandy had previously run. We had met each other a few year’s ago through our businesses. We had all begun running roughly about the same time. As we ran we swapped notes about what we were all “working on” in terms of running.

Sue had recently attended a day’s training on Chi running. She explained to us how she had learned in one session to run more efficiently and with less effort and chance of injury. Posture (heard up, chest out, not learning too far forward), foot strike (mid-foot to toe), kick-back – in other words rather than lifting your knee kicking your foot backwards and using your hamstrings. Arms are at 45 degrees, thumbs are up and they slide naturally along your body – I hope that comes over well… It also made me think of the Tarahumara or “running people” that I had just read about in Scott Jurek‘s book “Eat & Run”.

Sandy is a vegetarian.  Whilst I have certainly benefited from increasing fruit & vegetables in my diet, I am always a little scheptical about the amount of protein that you can take in with such a diet. She talked about Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) which she said were a great source of protein.

Español: Semillas de Chía (Salvia hispanica)

Español: Semillas de Chía (Salvia hispanica) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I shared my recent training programmes incorporating increasing amounts of interval training, core and weight training.

We also discussed the great food supplements that we benefited from. In additional to the financial advantage of running our businesses, we have experienced reduction/nil in injuries and better recovery through using these products.

The hour quickly went by – we had a few stops to check where we were and it was still pitch black when we came back!

A short session of warming down in  the gym and we were set for the day!

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