What is Chi Running? I’ll tell you in a minute.
I know that it has been a while since my last post, so I figured I would finally get something out there. I have been incredibly busy over the last few months with my business, kids, camping trips, etc. I own a home inspection business and we have been averaging around twenty inspections a week, which leaves me little time. Add in soccer, cub scouts, boy scouts, my own workouts, a few mini vacations, etc. and I have been running non-stop!
I am not complaining though, I love being busy! I didn’t want to post some thoughtless piece of garbage, so I chose to just not post anything. Hopefully, you haven’t been thinking that most of my posts are thoughtless, pieces of garbage!
Regardless, I wanted to touch base with everyone a little and also talk about some good news and some bad news.
First the bad news:
For the last few months, I have had some major pain in my left elbow. I guess that it is tendinitis, at least that is what my doctor thinks. I rested it for the last month and haven’t lifted weights or done any resistance training. It still hurts and I am pretty bummed about not lifting for a month. I was just starting to get back in the groove of my second go around with Visual Impact.
I think I am going to start training again next week, regardless.
[Here's my wife's new Jeep Wrangler. It is pretty awesome driving around with the doors and the roof off. It feels like you are on vacation, just cruising around!]
Now for the good news:
I started running last year a little and even did a 5K and a 10 K race. I hated it at first, then liked it, then started to love it, then started to get really bad knee pain every time I ran over 3 miles. I quit running for a while, only to try again after a month and still had the knee pain!
So my knee hurt when I ran and my elbow hurts all the time! Aren’t you glad that you look to me for fitness advice?
Okay, so where is the good news?
The good news is that I have met some really great people online since I started my blog. One guy in particular is Alykhan from Fitnessbreakout.com. I remembered that he wrote a post about running and talked about a style of running called, Chi Running. I went back and reread his post and then decided to buy the Chi Running book on my Kindle. My oldest son got me the Chi Running dvd for Father’s day a few weeks after I got the book.
I have been studying both the Chi Running book and the dvd and started running again a few weeks ago. So far, so good. I am no expert in Chi Running by no means, but from what I have learned so far, no knee pain. None. I started slow and ran a few 3 mile runs with no pain and then did 6 miles on Friday and I did 7 miles on Sunday.
No pain at all.
I am super pumped and am happy to be running again. In fact, I am so impressed with this style of running that I am going to an all day Chi Running workshop on Saturday (July 9, 2011). I hope to learn more and will keep you posted as to how it goes. I have another 10K coming up in October and if things continue to go well, I may do the half marathon instead. No guarantees, just wishful thinking so far.
Chi Running = No Knee Pain
With anything, there are always supporters and people that disagree with it. The same goes with Chi Running. As for me, I am only interested in results. If I can run without pain or injury, I would be willing to run backwards with my underwear on my head! Well, I guess that isn’t true, even I have limits as to what I will do. Running backwards would just be silly.
Anyways, here is the link to my friends post on Chi Running.
Here’s a link to the Chi Running website:
Now, if they would only come out with Chi Elbow Treatment or something like that! If any of you guys have any comments on Chi Running or elbow pain, please let me know your thoughts.