A New Running Life
At the age of 59, I decided to start running again, my purpose – to lose weight and perhaps recapture the joy of running I felt over 20 years ago. Even though I took it slow, injuries soon caught up with me – I hurt both calves numerous times, and I had issues with knees, achilles, and hamstrings.
At the age of 60, I finally read the ChiRunning book and discovered my cadence was way too slow, which meant I was overstriding and hitting on my heels too much. I re-engineered my form according to the book, and I literally can not believe the results. My left hamstring was still weak and sore when I started this new approach, but it actually became stronger as I practiced! After just one month of ChiRunning, I can recover from a 14 to 16-mile run in just one day, instead of 3. I have had no hints of injuries in my training, I even added some steeper downhill routes that used to kill my knees … not any more!
My sincere thanks to Mr. Dreyer and ChiRunning for giving my running a new life, when I was at the point of giving it all up!
Bob – Utah