I have a love-hate relationship with running. I have run four marathons and loved the sense of accomplishment I experienced each time I crossed the finish line. But I took too much time off from running since my last marathon and now it just plain hurts to run. My knees ache. My calves burn. Oh the pain!
To get my running groove back on, I signed up for Chicago Endurance Sports No Boundaries beginner running program. (More on that program in a future blog.) You may wonder why a former "marathoner" is doing a beginner runner program -- and trust me, it took a lot of humility to sign up -- but I reason that starting from scratch is the best way to get back to enjoying running and not being afraid of the pain.
And speaking of pain, Chi Running is hosting a workshop tomorrow, Saturday, September 10, on how to run pain- and injury-free. The workshop will include exercises and drills designed to teach runners the Chi Running technique, which aims for pain-free and injury-free running using the principles of the ancient martial art Tai Chi. The workshop will also include tips on proper running technique, race day suggestions, seasonal running tips, and training how-tos. And Chi Running founder Danny Dreyer will be on hand to answer questions.
Runners of all levels are welcomed. The Chi Running Workshop will be held at the University of Chicago (450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.) from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on September 10. To register call 1-866-327-7867.