Completely Sold on the Advantages of ChiRunning

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I’ve been running for around 25 year and have completed 15 marathons including one at the end of an ironman. In recent times I’ve had a couple of serious injuries. The first involved tearing my tendon away from the hip bone which required surgery and 5 months off running. I made what I thought was a gradual comeback but then injured my knee which required another three months rest. It was during this second period of rest  (Nov 2014 – Feb 2015)  that I read your book, ChiRunning.

When I started back running, I started from scratch, so was able to implement your program to the letter. I started with three ten minute runs each involving five lots of 30 seconds of ChiRunning followed by 30 seconds recovery jog. I continued to build up slowly from there, each run started with 3 minutes build-up, 3 minutes cool down and ChiRunning in between.
It’s now around 22 months since I read your book and I’ve implemented your method on every run. My watch is set up to buzz after each kilometre. I vary what I think about for each kilometre. I start by thinking about the lean of my body, how I hold my hips, my legs (most action behind my body and keeping the knees low) and my arm swing. For the fifth kilometre, I spend around 15 seconds thinking about each and rotate through until the kilometre is finished.

In twenty months of running I not had so much as a twinge (I shouldn’t tempt fate by writing that). After reading your book I’ve even kicked a 25 year dependency on orthotics.

Two weeks ago, I ran my first ultra. It was only 60k but I applied the method set out above for all 60 kilometres – it got me through it. I rotate each kilometre thinking about the four parts of Chi running that I concentrate on. The lean, hips, legs and arms. For the fifth kilometre I think about all four. I do this by counting 10 alternate strides whist thinking about the lean, then ten alternate strides whilst thinking about the hips etc. When Ive done all four, I repeat the process counting 2 alternate strides of each. This takes about one minute and I repeat the process as many times as necessary to cover the kilometre. What’s significant about this is that these kilometres are invariably my fastest (my watch is set-up to record each kilometre). I’m not running faster by putting in any additional effort but solely by concentrating more intently on my form.

Thanks for your book. I’m completely sold on the advantages of ChiRunning.