Chi Running

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by Jane Di Leo.

Our deputy editor, Sarah Elbert, just got back from running her first half marathon (she killed it, by the way), which was in Montreal this past weekend. Her adventure reminded me of what I love to do most when landing in a new city: run.

I believe there is no better way to discover the ins and outs of a city than by running it. You can discover little shops, patisseries, parks and neighborhoods you otherwise wouldn’t see from a taxi or other mode of transportation. For me, the best part is that it helps me to understand the grid of a city better so that I don’t get lost.

A few years ago, I used this method in Barcelona. As many of you know, this city can be a maze, especially in the Barrio Gotico area of the city. My first morning there, I went for a run through the narrow streets and wound my way down to the port. My discovery for the day: the perfect restaurant to eat in that coming evening.


On my latest trip, I decided to get a bit of studying done about my favorite past time and read Chi Running, which is all about improving form so that you don't get injured. The new edition—there’s also a DVD—which came out this year, includes awesome charts and guides to help you run more smoothly—it even has a guide on running hills!

I took my new-found knowledge on a long run last week, and it worked: better recovery and a much smoother run. I just can’t wait to use it on my next trip: hilly Kansas City, anyone?


As a former Montreal I applaud your efforts to run through Montreal. Mont Royal, and some of the bike paths make for some excellent and safe running alternatives for people.
Given the deserved reputation that Montreal drivers have, it can be an undaunting task for survival.

Any Montrealer can tell you the story about how Bill Lee (the Spaceman) a former Expos pitcher used to run to Olympic Stadium as part of his cardio workout. He was sideswiped by a car while running during his first week in Montreal.

Robert Korolus on December 02, 2009 at 6:50 PM

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An intuitive editor, editor in chief Jayne Haugen Olson directs the editorial vision of Sky and leads a team of top-notch editors and international writers to create a distinctive new approach to inflights—an onboard lifestyle magazine. The first half of Jayne's publishing career was on the business side in key marketing positions at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, as well as with Seattle Magazine, where she served as associate publisher. Jayne traded in her media kit for a tape recorder and crossed the great divide to join the editorial team at Mpls.St.Paul as the senior lifestyle editor in 2000. In addition to managing a team of five editors covering lifestyle, retail, home, fashion, trend and design Jayne was instrumental in the development of content for, an Emmy award winning lifestyle web site. Jayne has appeared as a regular contributor to several radio and television shows in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Jayne also served as content strategist and editor in chief for Macy's breakout magazine concept, "M", a 750,000 circulation quarterly magazine distributed throughout the central United States.

As a slightly workaholic mother of twin four-year-olds, most of Jayne's world travels are done by reading. Her hope is that the day-to-day temptations in her new editorial position will change all of that.

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As deputy editor of Delta Sky, Sarah Elbert lassos the best writers she can find to cover the world—as well as contributing some prose of her own. Before coming to Sky, Sarah was editorial director of magazines including Northwest WorldTraveler and Carlson Wagonlit Travel's Postcards. She has been a newspaper editor, a freelance writer and an Associated Press reporter, riding with the White House travel pool (back in the Clinton days) and covering everything from natural disasters to a cat kidney transplant. Sarah has written for The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Sun—but not the NY Daily News. She now lives in Minneapolis, which she finds lovely and underrated, but does occasionally miss Manhattan and the Staten Island Ferry. Sarah would like to think she could again go backpacking across Europe, and she still loves to travel, but she knows that train has left the station. It's just so much quicker to fly.

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Deborah has numerous journalism awards and three books under her career belt. But that's just her journalistic cred. She has also worked as an FM deejay in Aspen, Colorado, a speechwriter in Washington and an environmental film festival director in Colorado. She considers herself happiest when she's out of town and out of cell phone range. Deborah hitchhiked across Kenya, spent the night atop a pyramid in Central America, hovered face-to-mandible with giant manta rays during a night dive in Hawaii and traversed mountain passes in California's High Sierras. She is looking forward to a trip to Morocco in September to hike the Atlas Mountains and ride a camel or two. Still left on her to-do list? Bhutan, marlin fishing and riding elephants in Thailand.

About Jane Di Leo

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When she is not training for a marathon or traveling around the globe, you'll find Jane Di Leo at her desk, delving into the latest health research and headlines. Jane hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she currently works as online editor for and as associate online editor for, the online vehicle for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. After attending the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in magazine journalism, Jane moved to New York to work for Women's Health. Today, she continues to freelance for Women's Health but enjoys the daily challenges online editing presents—even if it means being on the ball 24/7. Good thing many of the Delta planes now have Wi-Fi.

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