William (Gill) Schumaker — Senior Instructor

Coach Gill Schumaker – RRCA certified running coach, ACE certified personal trainer, certified Senior Chi Running/Walking Instructor & SEASONED endurance runner.

One of my goals as a running coach was to help runners to avoid injury.  Year after year I was always a failure.  Sure my runners got faster and they won their age group in road race of all distances, which most of the time was their only goal.  I was still a failure because sooner or later most of the runners with a time-based goal got injured. 

It wasn’t until I receive a book from another coach that I found a way to become a really successful coach.  That book was Chi Running written by Danny Dreyer.  I studied and I practiced and soon I shared it with everyone I knew that was a runner.  Teaching and coaching others in turn made me a better runner, so I became a certified Chi Running/Chi Walking instructor.  Now I’m reaching my goal to help runners avoid injury and helping more people to become runners that thought they couldn’t run because it was painful.  I now have the best job I could possibly have.

But what made me write this success story is what I really owe to Chi Running and Danny Dreyer.  One Labor Day I fell down the stairs on my deck, I don’t really know why, just lost my balance and fell.  The fall ended up breaking my leg in two places and also did some damage to my knee.  Before the surgery I ask the surgeon how soon will it be before I can run.  His comment was, “never, you will never be able to run again.  A couple of weeks later I went to see the surgeon and asked the same question again, he answered, “why are you asking this again I told you that you will never run again.  You now have a six-inch metal plate in your leg how can you possibly run and you will probably have pain just to be able to walk.” 

But I knew I had a secret weapon, Chi Running and Chi Walking. 

Sure it wasn’t easy, but I wanted to run and I wanted to coach again.  I started coaching again in late January and teaching the Chi Running techniques.  I didn’t run very much, just enough to be able to teach.  By June I was running up to two miles, walking a few minutes and running longer each time I went out to run.  If it weren’t for the form focuses of Chi Running, especially the lower body focus of not using your legs for propulsion, I would not be running today. This method has given me back my running, my coaching career and the confidence that I really can run forever. 

The Chi Running way is really the “no pain way”, thank you Danny Dreyer


  Venue Location Date Time Cost More Info
ChiRunning Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd. Wilmette IL 60091 Chicago , IL Mar 7th 8:30 am to 12:30 pm $125

William (Gill) Schumaker

Chicago (North Shore Area) I am willing to travel to conduct one day ChiRunning or ChiWalking Workshops. If you are willing to help organize a group, you may attend for free. You can call me at 847-612-4702 or e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to discuss b




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