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“Run Better...”

Learn from ultra-marathoner Danny Dreyer's low-injury, high-impact exercise that blends running with the core principles of mindful disciplines & restorative practice.
Alex P.
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The revised edition of the bestselling ChiRunning, a groundbreaking program from ultra-marathoner and nationally-known coach Danny Dreyer, that teaches you how to run faster and farther with less effort, and to prevent and heal injuries for runners of any age or fitness level.

In ChiRunning, Danny and Katherine Dreyer, well-known walking and running coaches, provide powerful insight that transforms running from a high-injury sport to a body-friendly, injury-free fitness phenomenon. ChiRunning employs the deep power reserves in the core muscles, an approach found in disciplines such as yoga, Pilates, and T’ai Chi.

ChiRunning enables you to develop a personalized exercise program by blending running with the powerful mind-body principles of T’ai Chi:

1. Get aligned. Develop great posture and reduce your potential for injury while running, and make knee pain and shin splints a thing of the past.

2. Engage your core. Shift the workload from your leg muscles to your core muscles, for efficiency and speed.

3. Add relaxation to your running. Learn to focus your mind and relax your body to increase speed and distance.

4. Make it a Mindful Practice. Maintain high performance and make running a mindful, enjoyable life-long practice.

5. It’s easy to learn. Transform your running with the ten-step ChiRunning training program.

Topics: Exercise, Mindfulness, Injuries, The Outdoors, How-To Guides, and Inspirational

Published: Touchstone on May 5, 2009
ISBN: 9781439164549
List price: $13.99
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This book applies the anatomical principles of Taijiquan to running which is a good thing. Relaxation, centeredness and economy of movement. However if you are looking for how to use CHI in running them look elsewhere. I think the name ChiRunning is used simply to link Taijiquan and running. read more
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This is a must read for runners with A-type personalities. We're the dorks who, despite being intelligent and well educated, invariably make the mistake of over-training ourselves into injuries that blow our racing plans out of the water. Huh...maybe we're not so smart after all.

So what does this book have to offer the injury prone over achiever who would really like to keep running until the day they die? In simple terms: It encourages you to Chillax. To go with the flow. And stop fighting your body and the forces of nature. IMO, that's a lot better than running like an aggressive maniac, which will tear up your joints until you eventually need a knee or hip replacement.

Funny thing is, Dreyer has included a chapter that is sure to make any A-type runner grin: Peak Performance and Race-Specific Training. In the vernacular of Shaun of the Dead's Ed, these tidbits of wisdom are "Fried Gold".read more
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This is a must read for runners with A-type personalities. We're the dorks who, despite being intelligent and well educated, invariably make the mistake of over-training ourselves into injuries that blow our racing plans out of the water. Huh...maybe we're not so smart after all.

So what does this book have to offer the injury prone over achiever who would really like to keep running until the day they die? In simple terms: It encourages you to Chillax. To go with the flow. And stop fighting your body and the forces of nature. IMO, that's a lot better than running like an aggressive maniac, which will tear up your joints until you eventually need a knee or hip replacement.

Funny thing is, Dreyer has included a chapter that is sure to make any A-type runner grin: Peak Performance and Race-Specific Training. In the vernacular of Shaun of the Dead's Ed, these tidbits of wisdom are "Fried Gold".read more
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This book applies the anatomical principles of Taijiquan to running which is a good thing. Relaxation, centeredness and economy of movement. However if you are looking for how to use CHI in running them look elsewhere. I think the name ChiRunning is used simply to link Taijiquan and running.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is a must read for runners with A-type personalities. We're the dorks who, despite being intelligent and well educated, invariably make the mistake of over-training ourselves into injuries that blow our racing plans out of the water. Huh...maybe we're not so smart after all.

So what does this book have to offer the injury prone over achiever who would really like to keep running until the day they die? In simple terms: It encourages you to Chillax. To go with the flow. And stop fighting your body and the forces of nature. IMO, that's a lot better than running like an aggressive maniac, which will tear up your joints until you eventually need a knee or hip replacement.

Funny thing is, Dreyer has included a chapter that is sure to make any A-type runner grin: Peak Performance and Race-Specific Training. In the vernacular of Shaun of the Dead's Ed, these tidbits of wisdom are "Fried Gold".
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is a must read for runners with A-type personalities. We're the dorks who, despite being intelligent and well educated, invariably make the mistake of over-training ourselves into injuries that blow our racing plans out of the water. Huh...maybe we're not so smart after all.

So what does this book have to offer the injury prone over achiever who would really like to keep running until the day they die? In simple terms: It encourages you to Chillax. To go with the flow. And stop fighting your body and the forces of nature. IMO, that's a lot better than running like an aggressive maniac, which will tear up your joints until you eventually need a knee or hip replacement.

Funny thing is, Dreyer has included a chapter that is sure to make any A-type runner grin: Peak Performance and Race-Specific Training. In the vernacular of Shaun of the Dead's Ed, these tidbits of wisdom are "Fried Gold".
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Very interesting new take on how to run. The author runs about 35 miles per week and is still able to run ultramarathons without pain or injury--at an age most of us would consider it impossible!
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I picked up ChiRunning after just having hurt my foot from over-running it. Wrapping my head around the different methods used was difficult at first, but the new approach has proven very helpful. Many people already viewed some of my running methods as unconventional so testing out this new form of mechanics was not a big step. This book, along with a few others, have changed the way that I look toward training in athletics. Form comes first, and speed or distance flow out of a good form. Also, a big fundamental piece of the puzzle is that power flows out from the core, not the extremities.
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If you ever studied T'ai Chi Ch'uan for at least for a few months you'll probably agree with the author on many points. The book provides valuable tips for developing a rather effortless running style based on the principles of T'ai Chi. It was interesting read for me because I have never taught about applying my T'ai Chi experience to running. Now that the book presents the big picture I can see easily.But of course don't expect any magic happen instantly. The book is repetitive and there's a point to it, you need to be repetitive in some sense, too in order to benefit. You have to be actively monitoring what you're doing, too. If you are a runner and decide to attend to some T'ai Chi classes after this book you are going to understand what it is all about. Maybe the most important part of the book was the part where the author talked about the faces of children as they were running. Children are very relaxed and have fun. (And then we learn how to be stiff, stressed and focused on wrong things which takes a lot of training to get rid of).
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