Chi Walking: Our Path to Walking Pleasure and Walking Speed
During the past few years, my wife and I have become avid Chi Walkers – it’s been an invaluable and powerful journey. It all began a few years ago, when we read an article in our local newspaper challenging people to walk a marathon. My wife thought that would be fun, I thought she was crazy.
We began training shortly after that. Our goal was to walk the Portland, Oregon marathon and finish with a 15 min/mile pace. We met our goal, with considerable effort and discomfort, and concluded that that was about as fast as we would ever walk. But we caught the marathon bug and decided to do another. We walked our second marathon in Maui, Hawaii, but we were in a lot of pain by the end. At this point, we had not yet heard of Chi Walking but, lucky for us, that lacking was soon to end.
After reading the Chi Walking book and watching the DVD, we enlisted the help of Eugene’s Certified Chi Walking Instructor, Keith McConnell, to fine tune our technique and take full advantage of this pioneering approach to walking. In no time we were Chi Walking with ease, efficiency and steadily increasing speed. Over subsequent months, we completed several more marathons (always finishing hand in hand) and cut over an hour off our initial marathon time – down to five and a half hours - who would have thought we “older types” could ever walk that smoothly and that quickly! Thank you, Keith!
Also, on those rare occasions when we’ve had physical discomfort, e.g., my right knee was bothering me on a walk recently, all it has taken to handle it is to do a body scan and then re-focus to good Chi Walking form. Voila, soreness gone! All in all, Chi Walking has become our science and our art – a magical way to walk – leading to a more mindful and healthy way to live. We recommend it to everyone whether or not they ever want to walk a marathon – Chi Walking works!
Jim & Sue Mehrwein, Springfield, Oregon
- marathon training,
- knee pain,