Ultra-marathoner and master of ChiRunning, Danny Dreyer, with instructors Angela, and Donna - spreading the joy of running, "Chi-fully"!
Those warm and enthusiastic smiles in the image above tell the whole story...but I'll share a little additional background anyway. It's a good story!
A couple of years ago, on a rainy, Island day, we were browsing books in Chapters in Nanaimo. While Joan's admittedly broader interests take her to a number of different locations in the store, I usually head to my favourite back-to-back shelves. On one side are books that recount experiences of epic outdoor adventures and survival, in the mountains or on the ocean. On the other side of the book shelf are rows of books on miscellaneous activities and sports...including running. Over the years, I have collected and enjoyed a large number of books on the subject of running, always searching out new perspectives and training tips and always hoping that the secret would one day be revealed that would improve and enhance my modest abilities.
On that particular day, one book called out, with unmistakable eagerness. It had the intriguing title, ChiRunning, by Danny and Katherine Dreyer. It was the subtitle, however, that caused my heart rate to accelerate with excitement and growing anticipation: A revolutionary approach to effortless, injury-free running. "Effortless, injury-free running"? OK, that just about sums up what I've been looking for! Quickly perusing the table of contents, I remember thinking, "This may be it." It was.
The smiles in the pic at the top of this posting tell the story.
PS Barefoot Ted's Luna Huarache Running Sandals arrived today - yes! Now I just have to figure out how to tie the laces. Watch this space for news on the "inaugural" run". :-)