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Chi Running: A Training Program for Effortless, Injury-Free Running Audio CD – Audiobook, December 1, 2008
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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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About the Author
Danny Dreyer, a running coach and nationally ranked ultramarathoner, has more than 30 years of running experience. He is a student of renowned T’ai Chi master George Xu and has been published in Runner’s World and Running Times. He is the author (with Katherine Dreyer) of ChiRunning and ChiWalking.
Katherine Dreyer combines 25 years in the health and fitness publishing industry with nearly 20 years of studying Eastern philosophy and practices. From 1991–1995, she was president of New Hope Communications, the leading communications company for the natural health business. She also helped launch and was vice-president of HealthShop.com, a natural health website.
Katherine spent the first 10 years of her career in marketing in New York, working for several top advertising firms as well as Time Warner’s HBO Video. In 1989, Katherine left Time Warner and New York City for Boulder, Colorado, and New Hope Communications.
In 1999, Katherine convinced Danny that ChiRunning was worthy of their focus and attention. As she says, “As soon as I heard how people were responding to Danny's classes, I knew that it was important that this information get out to more people.”
As cofounders of ChiLiving, Inc., Katherine and Danny have spent the last seven years writing the ChiWalking and ChiRunning books and newsletter, producing the DVDs and other materials, and teaching classes and instructor training courses throughout the country and now abroad. They live with their daughter, Journey, in Asheville, North Carolina
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The real breakthrough for me came from seeing someone actually running using (what I think was) the Chi Running approach.
There may be many running books more helpful than this one, however, this was the right book at the right time for me.
The Chi living aspect is a little tougher to embrace. It's a little too karma consciousness for me.
The nutrition chapter is weak with just general guidelines to eat a good balance of high quality foods. Your chi will guide you!
All in all I would recommend it to anyone looking to increase their running efficiency.
Then, as fate would have it, while surfing on my kindle one night, about a week ago, I found this book and read the reviews. At first, I had some major doubts because something as simple as changing your running posture, in order to run more comfortably for longer durations, sounded way too good to be true but I was desperate and time was running out for me.
At first, the book sounded a bit like an infomercial that you'd see at 3am when nothing else was on, the claims it made were a bit outlandish but I kept reading. I have to admit, I was intrigued by the time I was done but I was still having a hard time visualizing what I needed to do. On a whim, I logged onto YouTube and watched the video's on CHI Running...this was completely doable!
Before today, whenever I attempted to run, I could get about 50 feet before my legs started feeling sharp pains in one way or another, so I would begin the walk of shame waiting for it to pass; I hoped that quitting smoking last year would make a difference, it did but then my legs would give out before my lungs would.
However, today, I was able to put the lessons from the book and video into practice...I ran 3/4 of a mile before I stopped to walk!! And that was only because there was a steep hill to tackle and a strong headwind. Anyway, I finished the 1 1/2 mile course feeling really well! So well, in fact, I went into my building and ran ANOTHER mile on our indoor track!! I'm completely astonished!!
As I write this, I am experiencing a fraction of the discomfort that I normally feel on the evening after running any amount. My ankles and hips are a bit tender but this was my first run with the new techniques so I need to practice more. However, I am having no discomfort, what so ever, in my quads which would normally cripple me for days afterword. I'm actually looking forward to my run tomorrow!
Over all, these techniques aren't hard at all and I think that a bad runner, such as myself, can pick up the fundamentals quite quickly. Read the book, watch the video, and try running without ear buds (I always do!) because I was able to pay attention to the way my body was reacting to the changes and was able to tweak as needed.
So, for the first time in over 20 years, I'm able to face my fitness test this coming week without fear or anxiety. I'm really glad I found this book!
When I was in my early twenties I decided I wanted to run a marathon and began to train. Once again, as a youth, I simply went out and ran. After a couple months of training, I discovered the weight room, and stopped running in favor of lifting weights. I had to continue training in order to pass the Army physical fitness test, but that was the extent of my running. As I grew older I put the marathon ambition back on my bucket list. While training I began having problems in my hips and my hamstrings. It became so painful that I went to see the doctor and he referred me to physical therapy. The physical therapist tried everything from stretching to dry needling to try and relieve the pain.
In 2010 my unit deployed to Iraq to support the draw down. During this tour I was introduced to a therapist, who was an avid runner. He put me on a treadmill and observed my running. He told me I spent too much time on my heels. I was a heel toe runner who over used the heels of his running shoes. He made some recommendations, and I attempted to make the adjustments, but it wasn't until another Soldier recommended ChiRunning that I really understood what the therapist was talking about.
ChiRunning is a book and DVD by Danny and Katherine Dreyer. It has been hailed as an elite source in all sports to include football, baseball, yoga, and of course, the running community. ChiRunning is a step by step plan with instruction and exercises that help you transition from your current style of running to a more proper style that is less prone to injury. The Dreyer's walk you through the techniques necessary to change your current running style. Their overall goal is to relieve stress and tension so you run more like you did when you were a kid. They break down the difference between ChiRunning and Power Running, and they take you through exercises that focus on and help develop the core, which is essential to running properly.
From beginning to end the book is a process that will help professionals run better, and enthusiast like myself run more efficiently. It is a process, so be patient, but from the very first lesson you will start realizing things to work on. The DVD is an excellent resource as it helps solidify what is in the book by providing the reader with a visual of the different exercises. After reading the book and perfecting my technique, In the last year I have effortlessly run the Army 10 miler, two half-marathons, 3 adventure runs (dirt/mud runs), and shaved 30 seconds off my Army two mile run time. I also, finally, marked that marathon off my bucket list.