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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145161795X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451617955
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Running is meant to be enjoyed, not endured. Thanks to Danny Dreyer you can release your fear of injury so that you can enjoy what is important—the ability to get out into the open air and do what is so natural, pacifying, and nourishing to the mind and body.” —Catherine McKiernan, former Olympian, world cross-country champion, and winner of the London, Amsterdam, and Berlin marathons

"Learning the easiest way to run a marathon--like finding the easiest way to swim one--isn't undemanding. It's exacting, in place of exhausting. It requires critical, not reflexive, thinking. But that sort of difficulty is the sort that leads to Mastery, Happiness, and even a high-functioning brain. Chi Running is on the cutting edge of how people will pursue physical, mental and spiritual fitness in the 21st Century." --Terry Laughlin, author of Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster and Easier


"The Dryers don't believe in "no pain, no gain" for runners. Instead, their holistic approach is a smarter and healthier way for runners to fully develop balanced body mechanics for an injury-free life. The old school, conventional running trends have created too much ill-health and pain for all athletes, but Chi Marathon changes all that. Regardless of your age and experience, you’ll learn how to run efficiently from head to toe. The result is more enjoyable, and you will now finish marathons and other endurance races feeling refreshed rather than wasted." --Dr. Philip Maffetone, author of The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing



"Chi Marathon is the perfect plan for sustainable running for all ages, abilities and for all distances, whether you enter an event or not." --Mark Cucuzzella, MD, Professor, West Virginia University School of Medicine

“Chi Marathon emphasizes the mental and physical components of running and encourages runners to be aware of how their bodies are responding during a run. The tone of the book is positive, and it supports the idea that proper technique is the key to pain-free running. The Dreyers expertly detail how to prepare for a race…many runners are likely to find value in the Dreyers’ program.” --Booklist

About the Author

Danny Dreyer, an esteemed running coach, is a former nationally ranked ultramarathon runner. He conducts workshops worldwide and lectures frequently at races and events. He is the coauthor, with Katherine Dreyer, of ChiRunning and ChiWalking.
Katherine Dreyer has more than thirty years of experience in the health, personal growth, and fitness fields. She partners with Danny to coordinate the international ChiRunning, ChiWalking, and ChiLiving programs.

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Customer Reviews

This is an excellent book that helps you learn the proper form in a very easy to and follow program.
Jody Stoops
Lot of other Marathon books are focussed on the high performers...this one is great for your first long run.
Subbu Deivanayagam
The book has deeper counsel from Danny Dreyer, the Master Chi Man . . . and from other experts as well.
George F. French

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jazzgryl52 on July 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Mr. Dryer is getting paid!!! I must say that I am knowledgeable about running and fitness. As a retired U.S. Army veteran, and an avid runner, i've run many a miles prior to and during my career. The last couple of years, I've had some minor problems with my feet and back and was unable to run for awhile. I recently committed to training for my 1st marathon and ran across this book while shopping on amazon. I've known about Chi-running for years but never thought to much about it. After taking a look inside I decided to give it a go (kindle edition). I tested it out this morning on my 5K along with a free metronome on my IPod. When I finished, I can say that my feet nor my back hurt during or after Chi-running (Cannot comment on the long term effects, if any, at this time). I did not feel tired, winded, or sore. I actually felt invigorated. I could have run for 4 miles, not on my schedule. I felt very comfortable so I will continue to practice this technique. Note: I really don't think that its necessary to purchase more than one of these books and you don't need the DVD. You can get all of the instruction you need from Youtube/online videos and the first book. The price's for these items are very expensive and you really don't need them. This is why I only gave it a 3 rating. I actually watched a video the night before and read part of the book and was able to use correct form the first time. The metronome really helped me to keep pace without thought. I really think the metronome was the key element keeping me from over exerting along with my relaxing, focusing, and using correct posture (so get a metronome they are cheap and there are free apps, (thanks to the suggestion from a reviewer)). I wouldn't put out the extra bucks. I really hope this review is helpful, happy running/walking. see you on the road.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By aaron Smith on October 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
To begin I would like to say I bought this book because of the impact that the book Chi Running had on my running. I have done multiple marathons, ultras, and relays virtually pain free thanks to the program presented in Chi Running. This book however is embarrassing. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to read a late night infomercial, look no further than Chi Marathon. Every page is trying to sell a product or promote their website to the point that I had to just put the book down.

Here is a great example from page 39 in the book:
"pick up your training at week twelve in the ChiRunning Intermediate Marathon Training Program (not included in this book; see our website, [...] and run a half marathon for your first long run."

That training program cost $49.95 by the way...................

Basically, if you like being suckered, please, buy this book. If you would rather learn something please pick up Chi running and stick with that. If you are like me and have read Chi running but was hoping to learn more, just read Chi running again.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By michael stashin on March 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
The essence of the Chi Running technique is its use of the forward fall for momentum rather than the use of the muscles in your legs and feet for propulsion. Chi Running is based on the use of mental focus to setup your form to facilitate the forward fall and move efficiently with it. It is different from most conventional running styles and therefore requires a different type of training program. The training programs in the Chi Marathon book are comprised of workouts designed to improve your running ability - not through muscle growth - but through advances in your technique that allow you to relax more with less muscle activation. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to use the Chi Running technique to run a half or full marathon.

For Chi Runners in general this book also includes the latest information on advanced Chi Running technique that was not included in the Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach To Effortless Injury-Free Running book ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandeep Narayan on March 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Very succinctly covers the key points in the chi running technique. I particularly liked the parts on the specific race preparation. However I do feel that for learning chi running the earlier book on chi running as we'll as the DVD is more appropriate.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lindahl on March 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Danny and Katherine Dreyer write beautifully and Chi Marathon is packed with helpful and inspirational information. They deliver on their ambitious Table of Contents. Just Appendices A and B, Half Marathon and Marathon Training Programs, are worth the price of the book! The book clearly explains form and technique, the foundation of Chi Running, and how paying attention to form allows you to stay injury-free as you advance through the conditioning and training phases of the half and full marathon. Functional workouts take you step by step through the process of discovering the efficiency and fluidity that lie within all of us. The power of intention and how to train your mind to achieve your goals is interwoven throughout the book. The mind-body connection is explored in depth and offers much food for thought for advanced Chi Runners. Chi Marathon is likely to be viewed as the Marathoner's Training Bible, as it gives you the tools to improve whether you are training for your 1st half marathon or your 100th marathon.
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