Retired USAF Colonel credits ChiRunning

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Over the past 45 years, I have trained for and run a race of one mile or longer every year but one. I worked my way up to running marathons, but in 1982 began experiencing knee pain – ultimately in both knees. I had to curtail my mileage considerably for about a year before I could do “serious” training again. In the years since then, I have always run with some degree of knee pain, which I have attempted to contain through managing my mileage and interspersing bike days for cross-training. I have not attempted to run another marathon since my knee pain began. In 2006 I tried ChiRunning on the recommendation of Mark Cucuzzella. It took me several months to put all the pieces together, but once I did I experienced an increase in speed for a given level of effort, but just as importantly, I felt much less stiffness in my joints. My legs recover from hard work-outs and races much more quickly. I couldn’t undo 24 years of knee damage overnight, but over the last 2 1/2 years my knees have been much better … I ran a half-marathon on the Outer Banks Sunday in 1:33:55 – my best H/M time in almost three years, and better than my previous 9. I’ve stepped up my weekend long run to 15M on a fairly difficult trail.  I signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon – it will be my first marathon in 28 years.  If all goes well, I’ll run Boston next year.

Joe D., Retired USAF Colonel
Age 59
Yorktown, VA