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ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running Paperback – May 5, 2009
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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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"The most exciting and revolutionary book to hit the running community this decade." --Toby Tanser, author of Train Hard, Win Easy
"ChiRunning is the solution we've all been looking for to maintain high performance and avoid injury." --Mark Cucuzzella, M.D., masters winner, 2008 Marine Corps Marathon (2:34)
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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.
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.
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!