Sunday, June 3, 2012

Yes, Ballerinas Do Fart

I have so much to tell you about yesterday’s Chi Running workshop. 

Not to be dramatic, but these form adjustments might change my life as a runner. Even being somewhat injured, I don’t think I’ve ever been so optimistic about my running future. I could be totally wrong and break up with running next week, but right now we’ve got some major flirting going on.

But, an update on yesterday will have to wait. I am swamped today trying to catch up on coaching training plans and work reports. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to support her Starbucks, chardonnay and racing habits.

So, I’ll bore you with some pictures.

First, the tutu extravaganza at the Bolder Boulder from 10K Monday. Clearly I should have been a ballerina. Except that I don’t know how to put my hair in a bun. Or, be graceful. Do ballerinas fart? Yes, they do! According to Dr. Oz, everyone farts at least 14 times a day. So get over yourself if you think you don’t. It just means that you DO, only you don’t know it. WE all know it, however.

Here I am being a marine sergeant. Yelling at your children builds character. “If you stop running you will be in a time out until August!”

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Clearly not enough people run this race. The streets were so empty. Check out the dude beside me. I think he’s drunk. This picture actually made it onto the Boulder, Colorado Facebook page!

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Here is the finish. I am try to keep up with Emma (lower left)  who took off in a mad sprint to the finish. Doesn’t she know you should never show up your mom?

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Here is Sam trying not to vomit. Or, burping and being really proper. I love producing offspring so I can make fun of them in pictures.

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Next up, my “after” running form shot at the end of yesterday’s workshop. Definitely not perfect, I need much more of a forward lean, but I’m getting there. My face is cracking me up. I concentrating so hard it almost looks like I’m taking a dump:

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Finally, pictures from the Longmont Triathlon where Ken kicked butt this morning, finishing in1:19.

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Okay, off to be productive. See you tomorrow.

Did you race this weekend? ‘Tis the season! I am so excited for all of my upcoming races this summer, starting with a half marathon up in the hills (7,000 feet!) of Pagosa Springs, CO next weekend!

SUAR

35 comments:

  1. Hello! You're so funny Beth! Always make me laugh :D
    Awesome pics! My very own little (9 y.o.) girl beat my pants (big time) in both races this weekend, a 5,5k last night and a 9k this am... So yes... I did race this weekend... another 10K next weekend and then we'll see... so far a sprint distance triathlon on July 22nd, will have to fill in the gaps ;)
    Wish we had running workshops like that over here... maybe in 2050... :p

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  2. I love that you did a race with your daughter, I ran my first 5k with my dad when I was 8. We still run together to this day, and I ended up running in high school and college. She is a tough girl!

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  3. You look so incredibly petite in that picture where you are concentrating! I can't believe you ran that whole race with your hair down! I also think it's so cool that the whole family is so active.

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  4. Chi running will totally change you. It's essentially barefoot running form and believe me, you won't regret the decision to switch over. I've been running about as hard as I can for the last three years and completed more than a few marathons and ultras, and have had zero injuries. Welcome to the club :-)

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    1. YES!! I love to hear feedback like this. It just makes so much sense to me, and my body feels completely different when I run this way. Glad you are running well and injury free!

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  5. Great pictures! You didn't bore us at all! You look great in a tutu! Who would've known?

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  6. I want to run injury free! But I tried Chi running and it was a heck of a lot of work. Too much effort.

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    1. Yes, lots of effort on this end, but if you don't put the effort in you're just going to keep ending up in the same place.

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  7. I am a real ballerina (well, danced for 20 years) and I can tell, we do fart. Specially dancing. Now I run, and I also fart. So I guess it's who I am, a farter.

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  8. Nipples? Farting? Not holding back on us are you?? lol. I always wanted to be a ballerina but I lack ALL coordination. Luckily running is pretty darn simple.

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  9. This morning my son and I went out for a rollerblade together...and apparently all my "gentle encouragement" has ingrained in his head. About halfway out he said he was tired and I looked at him and he rolls his eyes and says, "I know, I know, I committed to this I need to finish Mom".

    I'm jealous of the Chi clinic- I have the book but it makes no sense without context :)

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  10. I did my first half marathon today!!!! The Minneapolis Half/Full Marathon goes right through my 'hood, so it was an easy one to navigate for my first. Thanks for being part of my inspirational team without even knowing it.

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  11. I saw this and thought of you..."I don't fart, I whisper in my panties."

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  12. I LOVE the photos, especially the "drunk guy" one. I've seen some bad race photos in my life, but that is probably the funniest expression I've seen!

    I ran my first trail half marathon today. It was BRUTAL. Ran it all in my Vibram Five Fingers...hopefully with the right form too. Good luck with the Chi. Have you considered transitioning to minimalist shoes?

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    1. Great job on your race!!

      I am wearing a 4mm drop shoe and I want to stay there for a bit. It is a huge jump going from what I was in before to 4mm. I might go a bit more minimalist eventually, but going to see how my body holds up with all of these other changes first.

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  13. I've never counted my farts but I think I'm above average LOL

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    1. Me too. I make up for all the ballerinas who only fart five times per day.

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  14. I only raced from party to party and cousin to cousin this weekend. Glad to hear the Chi stuff worked out well for you.

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  15. You look so proud in the pic where she is jetting forward! I was supposed to do a Spartan Race this weekend - damn injury.

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  16. I think that "drunk guy" may have just smelled one of your farts... but that's his fault for running behind you.

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    1. Yes, he should now better. Silent but deadly baby.

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  17. This chi running has me intrigued. But so does tooting. And tutus. Great post Beth, thank you.

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  18. I raced in a family friendly 5K. It was a very small event but super fun! I finished with a pr of just over 28 minutes. I was pretty proud :)

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  19. I recently took a workshop called "Good Form Running". Sounds like it and chi running have a lot in common. Sometimes good form feels effortless and other times...not. I'm also reading Born to Run which just reinforces what I learned at the workshop. But man, my calves are wicked sore these days. And since everyone else is talking about gas, I'll chime in and say that adding chia seeds to my diet has made me the gassiest member of the family, by far. I have two sons, so that's saying something!

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  20. And are those the Brooks Pure Flow you're wearing? If so, how do u like them.?

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    1. Pure Cadence. VERY happy with them. I have about 150 or so miles on them, they are holdign up well.Very comfortable and make mid foot striking much easier.

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  21. I so wish I could tell you how nasty the inside crotches of real tutus are. As a ballerina still dancing after 28 years, let's just say hanging out in the wings next to dancers right before they head onto the stage is not always a smart idea. :)

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  22. OH HOW I LOVE THIS.

    RUN EMMA RUN!!! :-)

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  23. same chi story here....im astounded my legs dont hurt anymore, no injuroes and more speed..its a paradigm shift

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  24. I am a ballerina and I do not fart.

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  25. You are putting the hammer down at the finish there and look like you are going to take that lady out.

    I am not a ballerina, I fart, fart loudly and fart often.

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  26. Those pictures are cracking me up! Especially the drunk guy. Can't wait to hear about your workshop.

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