Performance... What types of feelings does that word conjure up for you? Maybe it's excitement as you prepare for a new event or activity. Maybe it's it's pressure, as you feel the need to meet other's expectations. Or, maybe it's something in between.
We ChiRunning instructors have our own thoughts around the term, and believe that the concept of personal performance can be one of your strongest motivators! Check out this week's ChiRunning blog from Danny Dryer on the subject!
Personal Performance for ChiRunners
by Danny Dryer
The term “performance” in athletics has been usurped by top athletes and has become riddled with so many innuendos that the term itself can scare off the athlete and the runner in you.
However, the concept of personal performance can be the best kind of motivation. Personal performance asks you to listen deeply to your own self and do what feels good for you and for your body. When you focus on personal performance, you stretch yourself, make that extra effort, and find the place within yourself that wants the best.
Here at ChiRunning, we particularly like this definition of performance, found at dictionary.com:
per•for•mance – noun: The manner in which or the efficiency with which something reacts or fulfills its intended purpose.
In the injury-free ChiRunning technique we encourage you to focus on “the manner in which” and “the efficiency with which” you fulfill your “intended purpose” to run, without running pain or running injury.
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Ken Presutti is a certified ChiRunning instructor, ACE Personal trainer, Spinning instructor, and coach. This blog is a mix of new articles and posts from his original blog, Overkill is Underrated.