Pain-free 50K AG winner with ChiRunning
Thanks to ChiRunning, I just completed a gnarly, hot (90’s), hilly (2,500ft of climb), Ohio single track 50K. I was practically the oldest (62), won my AG and finished within the top 2/3 of all AG’s. I’m happy just to be able to move and get through it pain free!
Three and a half months ago when I got the ChiRunning book my arthritic left knee was too painful to lift/bend and run on, like in the past. A stiff arthritic mid-foot that barked at me as it flopped along. A herniated disc shut me down over the winter. Got clearance from my sports Doc to run (subject to pain) after encountering knee arthritis (OA) last fall and it wasn’t fun; used a brace (ugh)… very uncomfortable.
I don’t know about ah-ha moments, mine have been more like du-uh moments; softening ankles, no foot/leg acceleration. I’ve got a ways to go with CR, but this was my longest run this year .
I did qualify for the New York City Marathon this fall, before issues arose last year, and hope to do it. Roads are tougher than trails thus far.
Really amazed by the miles I can do now without feet/legs being pulverized. Don’t get me wrong, I get tired, and the foot arthritis has discomforts. I’m old. I get with my 4 year old grandson at times, a natural runner (sorry ChiRunning, there are such kids) he’ll say let’s wun (code talk for run) I just feel my column, soften the ankles and we’re off and I can do it without pain. It’s a wonderful feeling.