ChiRunning for weight loss and confidence

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I haven’t been running for very long – I only started jogging on a treadmill in February 2009 and only at 9 kph for short intervals.  I covered my first 5 km course in March and I’ve been steadily enjoying running further and faster since then.

My story is that in November 2008 I weighed 133 kilos and I had a 50 inch waist.  Since the age of ten I’d always been overweight or obese.  I’d tried so many diets and different exercise fads and lost a bit of weight only to regain it again. I don’t know what changed, but approaching 28 years old, I finally found the determination to do something about it.  I started exercising more – just walking on a treadmill to start with, but I developed tight hamstrings and ended up pulling my pelvis out of alignment. I managed to persevere, but would regularly be plagued with hip and lower back pain.  However, the benefits started to show and I started losing weight.  After a couple of months, I began integrating some jogging intervals into my programme, which is when I developed shin splints.  I started wearing a calf support, which helped to a degree, but I still suffered.  I was still losing weight and found that I enjoyed running for the first time in my life – I didn’t want to have to stop.

In July I discovered the ChiRunning book.  It made so much sense.  I didn’t have to stop running because all the problems I had been plagued with could be avoided. I’ve been working on mastering the ChiRunning technique ever since reading the book and I can now run further and faster and most importantly without any discomfort.

I now weigh 96 kilos and have a 36 inch waist and I’m still gradually losing weight. Today I comfortably ran a half-marathon distance – something I would never have thought possible a year ago.  I love the freedom and sense of power that I feel when I’m running and the ChiRunning book has given me the ability to keep running and enjoying it for the rest of my life. In the meantime, I’m recommending ChiRunning to all of my work colleagues who go out running. It’s made it possible for me to enjoy running as recreation rather than a chore and without it, I probably would have let the aches and pains force me to give up.

I feel great and I just wanted to say thank you!

– Darren L.