Feeling great with ChiRunning
Just wanted to say that after reading ChiRunning and trying it for a week, I felt like it finally “clicked”, and I cannot even remember how to run the old way (which I did faithfully for over 20 years). The only caution I have is for Southwest trail runners: when you come around the corner and are surprised by a rattlesnake on the trail, you won’t be ready to do a quick vertical leap! 🙂 Oh, one other thing…I was fast before I hit puberty (I could outrun every kid in my school, including 8th grade boys, except one). Then suddenly my hips widened–and suddenly my speed went down because of the mechanics. Frustrating!! Somehow ChiRunning seems to eliminate or at least ameliorate the female wide-hip mechanical stress. I’m not sure, but it seems as if “not reaching forward with the legs” keeps one from having to compensate for the wide-angle hips as much. It feels great. I think if and when I master the new technique, I will be a whole lot faster. I look forward to doing my next marathon with this technique. In the meantime, my legs feel like I’ve been getting massages every day. At 45 I was starting to worry about aches and pains. Seems too good to be true! Thanks for your hard work and kindly approach.