Running with son because of Chi Running!

November 1st, 2010

So four weeks after the New York City Chi Running workshop, and I'm thrilled with the results, and so glad I was able to do it. I went into it because I decided I wanted to get back to running after several years off-- not from all exercise, just running. I have a regular yoga practice and was walking, but I felt that my body could not tolerate running any more for a variety of reasons. My son became a runner though, and a very good one (not quite 14 years old and just ran a 5k in 18.07) and I wanted to be able share running with him. 

I started about 5 weeks before the workshop and was able to get to an uncomfortable 3 miles at a 12 minute mile pace, and felt pretty depleted at the end, and repeatedly discouraged and pained by the hills on the course. Today, 4 weeks later, I ran 4.6 miles at a 10 minute pace, felt completely fine, and am anxious to add the next .4 to the route. I barely notice the "hot spots" on the route, and today actually had what I will call a Jonathan Livingston Seagull experience (dating myself here! Hope you are old enough to know what I mean!) where I was aware of where I was at a certain point and then went completely elsewhere in my mind only "waking up" when I was quite a ways further along and had run up and beyond a hill that used to plague me every time!
Please tell Danny I am very grateful for his teaching!
Linda C.