I was winding down before I decided to retire from competitive running in 2004. Amazingly, or to be more precise, coincidently as my professional running career was ending, a new equally satisfying career was about to begin. I got my hands on a copy of Danny Dreyer’s book about ChiRunning. I couldn’t leave it down. After enduring years of pain and injury and wondering what was the cause of it all, Danny’s book was providing me with all the answers. All I could do was laugh as I read what I should have known ten or twelve years previously. I would not swap my successes as a professional athlete for anything and whatever I was doing during those years, it worked. But I will never stop wondering what might have been had I known about ChiRunning from the start.
After reading Danny’s book, I decided that I needed to meet this man. Within months, I was qualified as a ChiRunning instructor. It was a gift from heaven for I had no real plans post retirement. Yet now here I was with the perfect transitional job, teaching other people how to run effortless and injury free.
Thanks to Danny Dreyer, he has given countless numbers of people all over the world the opportunity to release themselves of the fear of injury so that they can enjoy what is so important to them, the ability to get out into the open air and do what is so natural and pacifying, to nourish mind and body. What more could we ask for.
– Catherina McKiernan