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The Chi Running Method - Learn to Enjoy Effortless and Injury-Free Running
The Chi Running method will help you run injury free and enjoy effortless marathon running. The first book on Chi Running was released in 2004. Since then many runners have experienced an improved running technique using this mind and body approach to natural running. Now, the authors have released a new book designed to help runners train for an effortless marathon while continuing to run pain and injury free.
This new book describes more advanced techniques and follows a seven-phase marathon training preparation program. It focuses on form, conditioning and mastery using intelligent movements. This system will help you improve how your mind and body work together. You will be running faster and further without injury. Included with the book are two training programs for effortless marathon running: a 16-week half-marathon program and a 24-week marathon program.
"A good runner leaves no footprints." -- Lao Tzu
One of the co-authors, Danny Dreyer, is a well-known running coach. He has successfully completed 40 ultra-marathons. He credits his achievements with a style of running that he has developed based on his experiences with Tai Chi. He believes that physical training is just a small part of learning how to run efficiently. His new book teaches mindful practice, how to breath better and how to listen to your body while developing a better technique to run without resistance.
Some of his personal running strategies include: running uphill slowly to conserve energy and doing long slow runs to become more efficient. He believes that a 24-week marathon program is necessary to allow your body time to properly prepare for the marathon distance. Many other marathon training programs are much shorter. This may be the reason why many runners get injured every year while training for a marathon.
The First Chi Running Method Book
Many runners have enjoyed and improved their running technique using the first book, Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running. The Chi Running method uses a natural running form and it has similarities to barefoot running. The original book outlines a step-by-step system to teach this injury free running technique using a mind and body approach.
The Chi Running technique is an efficient method of running that uses core strength for propulsion and ease and efficiency of movement. The body is relaxed, in postural alignment with a forward lean from the ankles. The feet land underneath the body using a mid-foot strike. Speed develops from improved technique and not from running harder or with more effort. This is a mindful practice as it takes a holistic approach to running, developing the mind and body connection.
Get your Chi Flowing!
What is Chi? Chi is an energy source that is stronger, more powerful and enduring than muscles. The Chi Running method uses the basic principles of Tai Chi to optimize energy flow to reduce force causing less impact and injuries on our body. Energy moves from our energy center into our body and our limbs to create powerful movements.
This style of running takes us back to how we used to run as children. It can help us rediscover our innate ability to run naturally, effortlessly and without pain or injury.