Sole Runners Active Recovery Run

Coach Steve talking to the Sole Runners
The Green Girl joined the Sole Runners for a Saturday morning active recovery run yesterday.

Coach Steve builds active recovery weeks with lower intensity and volume into our training schedule to give our bodies a chance to repair and refresh.

Coach Steve leading the ChiRunning body looseners
For my active recovery week, I cut back on my workouts and didn't double up every day. I also made a conscious effort to stretch as much as possible.

After the usual announcements, Coach Steve went through the ChiRunning body looseners.

The order of the body looseners are from the ground up so we always start with the ankle looseners.

Sole Runners heading out for an active recovery run
Before the Sole Runners head out, we always get into our ChiRunning stance by lengthening our posture, leveling our pelvic floor, and then leaning until we fall into a run.

Since it was an active recovery week, we all ran for an hour before we did our post-run yoga.

Following the run, I attended Coach Steve's Advanced ChiRunning Training for Mentors class. The session was extremely helpful and we learned a number of advanced ChiRunning techniques.

When I was first introduced to ChiRunning, I was unable to incorporate the concepts into my running form.

I wasn't until I signed up for a two hour private ChiRunning Workshop with a ChiRunning Certified Instructor, Coach Steve, that it all came together for me.

I can honestly say attending Coach Steve's workshop transformed my entire Running Green Girl life. It inspired me to join the Sole Runners and ChiRunning has significantly reduced my injuries and recovery time.

I would recommend his Southern California ChiRunning Workshops and Retreats without hesitation to anyone who is interested in learning proper form and techniques.


  1. It's so great that you have access to his clinics like that! chi has so many aspects to it that it is confusing. But I think it's the way to go!

  2. My VERY fast friend runs chi. He's always giving me pointers, but it never seems to come together for me either. Maybe some one on one is what it will take for me, too!

  3. That's awesome...... I've tried it unsuccessfully myself. Not sure if we have any experts in my area.

    Enjoy your active recovery!!!

    Gotta run.

  4. Wow, that is some awesome stuff! I love running with a group of people. Happy 4th =)

  5. I've heard about chi running but never read much about it. It would be great to attend a clinic.

  6. I'm a big active rest practitioner! I very seldom have any other form of resting. Have a good week!

  7. The CHI classes and instruction sounds awesome. I read the book and really liked a lot of what it says. Great job! :)

  8. How great that you have such wonderful resources available to you!

  9. Ok, I am IN for the next session!! I just need to get a Cali address first!! :)

    I am a firm believer of Chi Running...I know it has helpled my crappy heel!

    Happy 4th, Greenie!!

  10. Okay, here I go to check out Chi Running!!!!!

    Happy 4th! : )

  11. Chi running is something that definitely needs to be shown and done to learn. It's hard to learn from a book! That is cool you were able to spend some one-on-one time on that.

  12. Great to hear of your Chi Running success! I'm a certified instructor, and I love spreading the word--so anyone looking for a clinic or a certified instructor, check out the national website: www.chirunning.com

    Stay centered!

  13. I may just check this out. Chi, huh?


  14. I just read Born to Run and it gave me some things to think about. I am really interested in Chi Running. I need to read the book.

  15. I wish I had access to a Chi clinic, I have wanted to do that!! Sounds like it is awesome.

  16. I wish I had access to a Chi clinic, I have wanted to do that!! Sounds like it is awesome.


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