ChiRan a Marathon and had fun!

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Chris (Master ChiRunning Instructor),

Wow! Can I send you guys another check? Write a chapter for the next book?

I just finished the Steamtown Marathon on Sunday with a chip time of 3:36:11, a PR by 35 minutes over last year’s NY Marathon, and 1 hour, 2 minutes faster than my LA bonking, cramping disaster this spring.

Just 12 seconds shy of qualifying for Boston.

The difference? You. ChiRunning. Body sensing. Form. (A bit of solid training time on my part too.)

Steamtown is fast with a lot of downhill, and then a few good ups at mile 23 to 26, which makes it fairly technical to manage as well. Body sensing, form, and cadence saved the day. Some of the first steeper downhills and a 30 degree starting temp were challenging, with the road not just going down, but also sloping left.

I sensed my left hip going weird, and adjusted, relaxed.  My lower back twinged; breathe into it, relax.  Later on, quads–correct the form, pull upright, shift power demand to the core. Miles 17, 18, 19, 20 and onward: still running 8:05 to 8:15, beep, beep, beep, 180 cadence.

Funny enough, my metronome crapped out at mile 24, and along with a last Gu I tossed it rather than fiddle and kept the beat in my head. And I don’t think I’ve ever sprinted so fast across a finish line!

I can’t thank you enough. I actually ran a marathon this time! And had fun.

Now for those 12 seconds…

Dan B.