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Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running Paperback – March 30, 2004
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Running coach/ultramarathon runner Dreyer's (Chi Walking) program applies principles of t'ai chi to running in a "practice" akin to yoga. Three how-to sessions cover principles and techniques and direct runners to perform specific movements; there are also guided training runs. Because this is an inherently visual, movement-based technique, it can only go so far, despite an otherwise successful adaptation to audio and the descriptive 33-page study guide. Listeners who bring open-mindedness and intention, however, will benefit from Dreyer's one-on-one lecture, which he delivers in a mellow, well-spoken voice. Recommended for all libraries.—Douglas C. Lord, Connecticut State Lib., Middletown
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Essentially, this book is about a handful of simple good mechanics of posture and form. It took me about three runs thinking about the ideas in this book before I was running faster and longer than I was before, all with no pain. Its an easy read and an easy set of concepts to digest. Definitely recommended for the average person looking to make running work as a great and inexpensive way to get fit.
While the book offers many great words of wisdom, I would suggest also finding a Chirunning instructor to help refine the techniques. That said, once you understand how proper running technique should feel, the information in the book makes so much more sense. Running used to be painful for me. One might think "how hard can running be?" but when form is off - I ran like I was made of rubber bands - everything becomes a mess. Breathing is difficult, shin splints become all too prevalent, legs are sore, and injuries abound. I couldn't run more than a half mile without begging for mercy. When I found out about Chirunning, I decided to give it a go. I ran more than a mile with no pain and without being out of breath once my instructor showed me the proper alignment. It was effortless! I still got a good workout but I didn't feel like I'd been hit by a MAC truck afterward.
I would recommend this book to anyone just starting out or those who have been running marathons for years but could use a bit of help with bettering times or conditioning.
At age 65 this summer (now 66), I once again tried running, and I'm pleased as punch to say I completed my first 5K in less than 40 minutes in October! I've since run 4 miles and several 3+ training runs with no pain or problems of any kind.
It's all because of chi running technique. It just makes total sense, especially since children run this way naturally. It's so much easier on my whole body than landing on my heels like I did in the past. I've always been a "form junkie" in other sports such as cross-country skiing and sea kayaking. It seems to be a universal truth that when you come as close as you can to perfect form in any sport, it's not only easier on your body, it's easier period! And, speed increases as a side effect.
Saving my joints and other body parts at this age is critical to me so I can stay active. I applaud the authors of this book in giving me and countless others (including people who thought they could no longer run) the gift of running in a safe, pain-free way. I truly believe that it's not running that causes injuries, but the WAY you run. I heartily recommend this book and the principles of chi running.