ChiRunning Helped Her Fall in Love with Running

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On August 8th, 2012 I went out for a run during my lunch hour and after forcing my legs through a 5-mile run, I came back and couldn’t walk. I thought I had fractured my tibia or had a terrible case of shin splits, but it was neither of those things. It turned out to be a blood clot on my perennial vein, on my left leg. I was scared and devastated and had sworn off running! I was done.  Little did I know, that it was running that saved my life…you see, I am not a runner, but I am active person. I would do little 2 minute sprints on the treadmill to warm up but had never in my life had run more than 2 miles.  The doctor said that in hindsight it saved my life: had I not run those 5 miles, I would have never felt the discomfort I felt (because I wasn’t running properly – landing on the heel and not practicing my lean).

After many months of recovery and building my confidence I gave it another go and decided to go running, but I was doing it all wrong….my legs felt like they were made of cement, my lower back would hurt for days and my shoulders and neck were stiff! One day, I overheard my co-workers talk about this race, the Ragnar series…a 200-mile relay run! I said NO WAY, but in the back of my mind I thought: I wish I could do this. Then my husband asked me: do you want to do it or do you think you can do it? And I thought, I really want to do this, but I don’t know how. And then things started happening: my personal trainer and great friend said to me, if you want to do this, the only way to do it is by learning how to Chi Run; best advice of my life!  She even got me the book and I read it within a week’s time…yellow highlighter and tabs are now covering the most important sessions and chapters of the book, which I think are ALL the chapters!

Then, today the most amazing thing happened…I went out on my first run, alone – no music, just me, my focuses and the road – and it was EXHILARATING! You see, I never do this…write thank you notes or “Love Letters” after a workout or a run, but today is special to me. As I ran through Times Square, NYC, I realized how far I have come! I am almost in tears as I type these words because I have finally realized that I have fallen in love with running. After having experienced a terrible setback last summer I never thought I could run and feel GOOD while doing it…I felt like I could’ve gone longer and there was so much joy inside of me that I literally shed tears when I finished. So thank you, from the deepest place in my heart, for allowing me to feel such immense joy while doing something that I never thought I could enjoy…boy was I wrong.

Fior V., New York