Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon

I'll be heading down to Clonakilty on Friday 9th December for the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon Registration day and will be available to explain the Chi Running technique to those of you who are interested in learning more about it.

I will also be offering participants a discount off my 2012 Chi Running workshops.

Hope to see you there and the very best of luck with the marathon!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Boost your immune system this winter and stay fit

Its that time of year when we start to get run down and pick up flu and other viral infections that stop us from getting out there and keeping fit. So this year be proactive - prevention is better than cure.

The following is what I do to boost my immune system during the winter months:

Dissolve 1 effervescent Vitamin C tablet in a generous glass of water two to three times a day which helps keep you on track to taking your 8 glasses of water a day which can be harder in the cold weather. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin so don't worry what you don't need will flush out of your system.  

Take 15 - 30 drops of Echinacea in a small amount of water two to three times a day after meals. If you keep the mixture in your mouth for 60 seconds all the better as it is absorbed better in the mouth.

Take 20-30 mls of freshly juiced wheatgrass every morning or second morning before breakfast. If you have time to take a warm cup of water with a half slice of lemon first, all the better as this will stimulate your digestive tract.

Take one tablet of Spirulina three times a day 30 minutes before meals.

Or try out the ChiLiving team's Elixir Drink...."the moment you feel like you may be getting sick, brew this elixir and drink it 2-3 times a day. The mixture of antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal ingredients will protect you from a full-blown illness." 

Water5 cups
LemonsThree slices
Ginger1 tsp., grated
Garlic1 clove, minced
Cayenne pepper1/4 tsp.
HoneyTo taste

Directions: Simmer three sliced lemons, one teaspoon freshly grated ginger, one clove freshly minced garlic, and one quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper in five cups water until the lemons are soft and pale. Strain a portion into a mug and add honey by tablespoons until you can tolerate the taste. 

So try some of these out for yourself or let us know what works for you.

If you miss taking something don't worry just catch up again, sometimes its no harm as the body sometimes needs a break.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Tip for transition from road to path

If you're like me and frequently run on the road and pathways around your area, one little tip I have that won't change your world, but is handy to know: 

As you're jogging along the road and approaching a footpath ahead, don't meet the footpath head on.  Jog along side the footpath for a second, bring your inside leg up on to the path, knee bent and then bring up the outside leg while moving forward.  It will also avoid you bringing up your knee resulting in your legs moving ahead of your body mass which will have you back to your old way of running with a heel strike. This will help with a smooth transition between road and footpath so practice this transition.  

If you are on a relatively high footpath moving down to the road, remember to bend the knee to avoid impact as you land down on the road.

When you are running along focus on your legs and check that your knees are down, heels up, this way you know your legs are behind you!