My Chicago Marathon Experience

October 18th, 2012

My Chicago Marathon Experience

Hi Danny, Katherine and the Chi Team!

I feel fortunate that Curt Munson, owner of Playmaker's in Okemos, Michigan, introduced me to Chi Running in 2006.  I have considered myself a Chi Runner ever since; running injury free since then.

I'm not sure I can express the depth of my sincerity when I say I am a rabid Chi Runner smile  When I decided to run the 2012 Chicago Marathon, I decided to train using your Chi Marathon training program.  The new book is awesome, and I have recommended it to many of my running friends.

The information contained in Chi Marathon is nothing short of magical.  Every page, every chapter seemed to hit the mark.  I understand much of the material was presented in the first book, but for some reason it all came together with greater clarity in Chi Marathon, and each week I found myself improving my form, my pace... and my enjoyment and confidence.

My Chicago Marathon experience on Oct. 7th was the best I could have hoped for.  I am 62 years old, and ran my first marathon @ age 55.  Since then I have run 25+ half marathons, many 5K's and 2012 Chicago was my 5th marathon.  Until Chicago, I have never been able to break 5 hours; nor finish my marathons feeling good.  Since 2006 I have been obscessed with reaching my goal of "anything under 4:59:59".

For Chicago I downloaded Podrunner music with a 180bpm tempo.  The music kept me totally focused on form, lean, footstrike, relaxing, and conserving energy.  I sailed to the finish feeling fresh in 4:54:56.  I could have run further, and a little faster.  I had minimal soreness post race, and comfortably ran 3 days later.  I haven't been able to wipe the smile of my face since.  Thank you for such a wonderful gift. The Chi Running technique is truly revolutionary, and I thank you for sharing it.

Cheryl Hansen

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