I just wanted to give some feedback after only beginning ChiRunning on January 4th. I read the book, and am currently re-reading it while waiting for my DVD that was just shipped. First I must say, I have never been so excited to run in my life. I have been running for more than 20 yrs, and have completed two marathons, the last of which was the LA marathon 5 yrs ago. Granted, I now realized I ran it without the proper form I am currently learning. A year and a half ago, I tore my ACL playing tennis and subsequently had arthroscopic surgery. I gave up running for 6 months and began swimming to stay in shape, and discovered the Total Immersion Swimming, which I just realized has a lot of the same principles and philosophy as ChiRunning. I thought TI swimming was great, and I became a TI “snob” because I found myself looking at everyone’s wasteful energy while taking 26 strokes to cross the pool while it only took me 15 strokes in less time.
I guess that is why I’m so excited about ChiRunning because I know how great it felt to be so efficient in the pool and want that feeling in my runs as well. I gave up swimming because, although it was a great workout, I didn’t like being confined to the pool. I just love being outdoors and running wherever I want. I am currently running about 4 miles a day and practicing the form focuses and can already tell it is making a difference. I am thinking about gradual process, so I know I will get better as I practice. I’m also thinking of taking a class in Austin to help in mastering the technique.
Please do me a favor and thank Danny for me for creating and developing this amazing program. I love to look at the science behind things, so the physics behind ChiRunning makes amazing sense!
My wife and I plan to run a marathon this fall and we are excited to use ChiRunning to help us along. We applied for NYC, so we are crossing our fingers we get chosen.