A Heck of a lot of Sense

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Running has been a part of my life since the late
1970’s.   My work at a large metropolitan newspaper is quite
stressful.  My runs have been not only a good way to stay in
shape, but more than anything a coping mechanism.   The years
of logged miles, however, have been tough on my
fifty-something-year-old body.    Recent (and recurring)
problems with my hip and lower back/hamststrings have almost gotten me
to the point of finally deciding the benefits don’t add up.  And
then my wife shows me an article about ChiRunning in one of her health
magazines.   I read the article and moved on.   My
pain brought me back to the article again.   I thought, “what
have I got to lose?” so I purchased the book.   You know
what?   It makes sense.  And that’s a lot for me to
admit, being the inflexible person I tend to be.   There are
many things from the book  I’m not doing right, but on my first
run after finishing the book, I did my best to focus and body sense,
and viola!, a five-mile run was completed with virtually no
pain.   I can’t tell you how much that means to me.  And
then, I went for my longer Sunday morning run (usually about 10.5-13
miles) with my running group.   Once we started, I purposely
stayed behind to work on the form issues from your book.
The end result?  I completed 11.5 miles with a wee bit of pain,
but not too bad,  all things considered.
On its second reading, your book now has a lot of markings and sticky
tabs and there’s a long way to go, but I like the message you’re
sending out.   It makes a heck of a lot of sense.

Thank you.

Andy Sharp
Acworth, GA.