iSportsAnalysis are serialising “Running Sussed”, a book by ex international runner Julia Chi Taylor. In today’s chapter Julia will be talking about “How does this affect running?”. Thank you Julia Chi for sharing your wisdom and insights.
It is a book to open people to the ‘how to run” aspect – or “how to become a runner“ and yes, definitely those who haven’t run much and a interested to follow a path of least resistance
But – it also has a philosophical aspect that means that people who have run for years can get something from it – some deeper insight or connection to themselves through the art of running.
Julia has been running all of her life, it has informed how she has chosen to live from a very young age and has been the bedrock of her ‘practice’ both physical and spiritual – in fact it has become her spiritual practice through the mirror of seeing herself reflected back in her running endeavours.
Julia achieved her first international vest at the age of 19 and went on to run at international level for the next 13 years.
Her most notable achievements were winning the Dublin City Marathon, being placed 7th woman in the London Marathon ( 3rd British) in a time of 2.36.31 and competing in the Commonwealth Games Marathon in 1986.
Chapter 7: How does this affect running?
Spring and summer are the easier times to run; warmer days (usually!) lighter mornings and evenings, better underfoot. This is the time when the hardship of winter running in rain wind sleet and snow is rewarded by the fitness gained and the buds emerging and the sun glinting through on a spring or summer morn.
One of the wonderful joys of running outdoors is being in touch with the changing seasons – if you live in the UK – there is a connection to the planet and to nature that is profound and experienced on the run can deepen your connection to yourself and the universe and all that is and contribute to the shifts that occur within you and externally once running along that path!
In summer months hydration is essential – well it is always essential – but from a kit perspective a camel back is an essential piece of kit – they carry a good amount of water and drinking as you run contributes hugely to both your performance on the run, but also to recovery rates after the run.
Looking after your instrument biomechanically is one thing, but fuelling the inside is of course also vital, hydration is key, make certain that you become conscious of drinking regularly, both whilst training but in your daily life, the more natural your diet the better; there is much advice on eating to run in books and on the web, but the essence is of course the more natural the food the better and a good balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrate with the minimum of processed food. To support the training programme, there are many products on the market, that you can take before you train, during and after for recovery. If you view the running journey as one in which you learn more about yourself then discovering how to support your body become an ever opening experience.
We are all a study of one and whereas there are some natural laws in that we all need to be hydrated and have enough energy, and sufficient sleep and rest; our individual rhythms are all unique and discovering what is right for us is part of what running can bring.
About the Author: Julia Chi Taylor
Julia is an ex international distance runner.
In the late 70’s all through the 80’s and into the early 90’s she competed regularly for England and GB at distances from 5k to Marathon. Some of her best performances include winning the 1985 Dublin Marathon and finishing 7th woman (3rd British woman) in the 1986 London Marathon in a time of 2.36.31 where she was selected to run in the Commonwealth Games.
She still competes now as a master over 55, regularly winning her age group in races around the world. She’s was also part of the winning team for the national master X country championships in March this year, 2016. Julia has coached and mentored others to achieve their dreams in sport and life for the past forty years!