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Lori Hays

certified instructor

Certified since July 2021

Lori Hays

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Hello and welcome to my Instructor page!

I am Lori Hays and I’m beginning my 2nd year as a certified ChiRunning/Walking instructor.

After getting certified, I suffered from a non-running injury that took me away from my sport, had three surgeries and gained a bunch of weight due to lack of movement and depression.

Being two years into my fourties’ I decided I wasn’t going to wait any longer to take control of my health and fitness and opted to have gastric bypass surgery in September of 2022.

Now that I’m fully recovered, I’m getting back into my fitness lifestyle. I couldn’t do this without my ChiRunning training. And I’m excited to welcome new clients on this journey with me.

I don’t have a super impressive race resume as prior to discovering ChiRunning, I was a habitual “sign up for a race, train hard, get hurt, have to DNS or DNF” runner. Once I discovered the Chi technique, I started practicing running instead of training for races and fell in love with my new found freedom in movement.

I’ve committed to practicing with the gradual progress mindset, and my first race  post-op and of 2023 will be in September.

I am passionate about working with people who have felt limited by their size, limitations or fear of running. Because I am and have been all of those things.

ChiRunning changed my active lifestyle. If you’d like to know more about how it can help you, let me know!

Stay turned for workshops and talks in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area starting in the summer of 2023.

I can’t wait to Chi with you!

After years of starting marathon training only to get injured by week 8, I finally took a friends advice and read the ChiRunning book. It changed my running life. After applying the form for weeks, I attempted a solo 5K and was able to run without stopping at a respectable slow 17 min/mile (a huge achievement for me!) and only stopped because I was about to be late for work.

Learning the ChiRunning form inspired me to bring this phenomenon to other runners of size or people who desire to run but have either been told they need to lose weight first, they should never run because of whatever reason, or who want to try but are afraid to start.

I love the freedom I feel with running now, and the energy I have even after my run concludes. I’d love to share more of my story with you and help running becoming a whole new enjoyment in your life.

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