Long races… and NO soreness afterwards
I took your ChiRunning workshop in L.A. last January and we last spoke at the LA Marathon Expo. Although it’s been awhile, I wanted to report on some notable races since then.
• LA Marathon – although I missed my time goal (perhaps race day heat could take partial blame?), I was much less sore than usual in the post-marathon week.
• Malibu Creek Trail Challenge – 14 mile trail race with ~3200 ft. of climbing, including 2000 ft climb up the Bulldog Trail. I took about 10 minutes off my previous race times on this course!
• Bulldog 25K – Very similar to the last course, again with the long climb up the Bulldog Trail at the beginning and a long downhill at the end. I ran this race last Saturday and was able to run 300m repeats with my track group Tuesday, with no leg soreness or stiffness! I feel like the use of the ChiRunning form and yoga helped me in both preventative and restorative ways, easing my race recovery.
I have also started learning t’ai chi, the Yang Style long form. There is still much to improve with my running form, but I’m enjoying the journey.
Thanks for your help!