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 in 2005 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