Michelle ... My 5K dream!

July 25th, 2012

Michelle ... My 5K dream!

Well, here I am shortly after finishing a 5K in under 31 minutes, feeling totally relaxed and ecstatic!

I highly recommend the e-Chi Training program - I couldn’t run for 12 years because of chronic piriformis syndrome, and so I started Chi Running after taking a workshop in April with a local instructor. It was my dream to run a 5K without injury, and I did it! Completely pain-free!

The e-Chi training program made me more than prepared for a 5K. I was a bit nervous before the start, but once we got going I just did my body focuses and the time flew by. I had no pain whatesover, I even passed people along the way. There was a steep uphill at the end, so I applied my Chi step and let myself "float up" without much trouble at all. I finished the run TOTALLY relaxed and loose with a BIG smile on my face. I even turned down a free massage because I felt so good!

I have signed up for the intermediate 5K starting next week, and I’m looking forward to it!

Update:

SO, I started my intermediate 5K eChi training program last week. I was a bit discouraged, because I felt like I was struggling with my form. Maybe it was the heat wave we had, but I sure didn't like what was happening. So, I just kept thinking of beginner mind, and let myself be a beginner if that is what I needed.

Today, week 2 - I decided to do my form focus intervals on a local quarter mile track. It was quite a bit cooler outside and I was looking forward to the focuses today - they were all about relaxing. I ended up shaving 3.5 minutes from my 5K race just two weeks ago. I did 5.55 k in 30 minutes. When I saw my watch at the end of my workout my eyes nearly popped out of my head, I had exceeded my 6 week goal in 2 weeks!  So, now I am really going to make sure I take it easy on most of my runs. This just showed me what is possible, I still can't believe it....

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A Chi Running Love Letter

About three weeks ago I had a very strong memory of what it felt like to run when I was 7. The freedom, the exhilaration, the laughter. What happened in the intervening 41 years? 

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