Nine minutes faster, eight years later with ChiRunning
Thanks to ChiRunning, I love running again. I started running late in 2000 and after 11 months ran my first marathon. It hurt, but I finished. After another year of training I finished my second marathon in 4:22. I continued running until developing plantar fasciitis in 2003. This led to months of limping which led to lots of back pain. During the 2 1/2 years I had run, my training had been interrupted several times by tendonitis in my feet. Over the next 6+ years I was never able to get going on a training program without problems with either my feet or back.
I starting running again 1/1/2010. A few weeks later I read ChiRunning and watched the DVD. I was able to run consistently 3 days a week. I did have shin splints in the beginning, but I had gone from the couch to 20 miles per week almost overnight, so I expected some discomfort. As soon as I began incorporating the ChiRunning techniques, I was running faster with seemingly less effort. I increased my mileage and felt no muscle soreness even after long runs.
Last week I ran the Florence Marathon in Italy. On a cold rainy day, 2 weeks short of my 44th birthday, with just 11 months of training, I ran 4:13. Nine minutes faster than I had run as a 35 year old when I had been training twice as long.
Thank you ChiRunning!