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Finished First Marathon Strong with Chi

June 11th, 2013

Finished First Marathon Strong with Chi

Hi Danny,

I just wanted to thank you for writing Chi Marathon.  I just finished my first marathon on Monday, sprinting across the finishing line.

Exactly one year ago I watched my wife run a relay leg of a marathon and decided to do one targeting June 2013.  I’m 34 and hadn’t run in 15 years (spending all of my time surfing).

Summer 2012 I couldn’t get past 4 miles without developing tendonitis in my knees.  When a friend suggested ChiRunning I bought the first book adopted the technique and built up to 10 miles injury-free by Christmas.  Then I saw the Chi Marathon book and followed the programme to the letter since January.

My objective in January was to “finish strong.”  I must have run past 100 people in the last two miles. You’re focuses helped throughout the race. My brother-in-law got a great photo of me crossing the finishing line holding hands with my 5 year old daughter, with a big smile on my face.

Sorry for this essay but I wanted to write to you as I’m so grateful to you and your wife for writing these books.


(Photo by Kieran Motherway)


ChiRunning began to enrich my life on July 3, 2010 when I read the first 100 pages of the book and went for a run, and just focusing on ankle lift made a difference! My running life continues to transform and create joy! I smile when I run and love every minute. I am thrilled and grateful to be part of this ChiRunning community. Thank you for the opportunity to pursue becoming an Instructor.