Mary Lindahl Master Instructor
Upcoming Chi Running workshops in the Denver area: Saturday December 13, 2014 8am - 4pm with Ed Cotgageorge:
I finished my 35th marathon at Boston on April 21st and qualified again for the 2015 Boston Marathon. I first ran Boston in 1978 and, with Chi Running, plan to run it many more times!
I especially love teaching Chi Running and turning other people on to the efficiencies of this form. My workshops include a video gait analysis that we watch in slow motion and is usually very revealing about running form.
What to expect at a workshop: http://www.examiner.com/article/chirunning-workshop-teaches-runners-how-to-get-faster-and-stay-injury-free
The ChiRunning and Chi Walking apps are now available. I beta tested the Chi Running app and can tell you that it’s terrific! It’s like running with your own personal coach. Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/ChiRunning/app_208195102528120
Running bio: I started running the day Frank Shorter won the silver medal for the marathon in the 1976 Olympics. 26 miles! I wondered if I could even run one. The next month my brother gave me the book Women’s Running by Joan Ullyot. I was hooked. I ran my first marathon the next July in 3:51 and then followed Joan’s training schedule to qualify for Boston in 3:19. I had a personal best in 1978 of 3:06, and ran in the Avon Marathons organized by Kathrine Switzer to help get the Women’s Marathon in the 1984 Olympics.
Then I was sidelined by debilitating IT Band Syndrome. I saw Doctor after Doctor and tried everything Western and Eastern medicine could offer to try and solve my knee pain. Finally, in 2004, I found Chi Running and learned that the answer had been inside me the whole time. I just needed to change my form! Not only had I found the cure for my knee pain, but I’d found a new career as well. I had recently retired from the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a Finance Professor and decided I could combine my love of running with my love of teaching. I also knew that the best way to learn something was to teach it – and I had a lot to learn. I needed to change just about everything in my running stride; and I needed to learn how to relax and feel what was happening in my body. My knee pain disappeared after the first few months, but I was just beginning to learn what ChiRunning could do for my health, my energy, and my enjoyment of other activities. Applying the principles of ChiRunning has become a way of life for me rather than a goal to be obtained. It has changed my view on aging and I now look at this as something I can improve on for the rest of my life. I have assisted Danny at workshops all over the U.S., Costa Rica and Ireland and traveled with the Dreyers to the Tai Chi Camp in China that was organized by George Xu. As a Master Instructor, I have taught several of the Instructor Trainings for Chi Living, Inc.
From Tami after the April 28, 2012 workshop
This really does work! I came home and decided to do a 5 mile training run. I tried to focus and apply what I learned today. My pace ended up being close to my half marathon race pace without the effort I normally put forth to run this pace. I had no intention of running this training run at that pace; it just happened. I absolutely loved this class, and I’m so excited for the changes I will see in my running. I definitely had to focus hard but I know over time this will come naturally.
Thank you so much!
From one Happy Family after the Disney World Half Marathon - thanks to Chi Running
January 10th, 2011
I wanted to give you an update – WE DID IT! We took your class in Denver in July training for a half marathon at Disney World. I know for a fact that we would not have been able to train and run this half marathon without taking Chi Running. The tools and techniques helped us to stay injury free as we trained. We all had a wonderful experience running our first half marathon. We are all addicted and expect to be doing more in the near future. Thank you again for a wonderful course!”
Connie, Rod, Steven, and Sarah Determan
From Diane Redd in Portland Oregon on Chi Walking:
Wanted to report that Chi Walking is saving Dan’s knees to hike another day. We are climbing Mt.St. Helens next month and he has been doing fine on our training hikes employing Chi Walking going down the steep trails. Our friends are so impressed with the techniques.”
From Russell J. Flemming, Ultra Runner
“Running long distances can be disastrous if your not prepared mentally and physically. Be it a 5K, be it a marathon, be it 100k, the principles of Chi Running can help you enjoy, and safely prepare and conquer any distance you set your heart and mind on… Mary is an excellent teacher, and makes learning and running a joyful experience.”
Russell J. Flemming
Ultra Distance and Marathon Runner