Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running

Chi Running: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running

by Danny Dreyer, Katherine Dreyer
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting running book! Buy this book if you:

-would like to be able to run well into your old age
-would like to improve your running form and have fewer injuries
-would like to have a more philosophical approach to your running
-would like to increase your overall health

Here's how the book roughly pans out:

-Chapter 1: compares power running to ChiRunning
-Chapter 2: goes into the 5 principles upon which TaiChi and ChiRunning are based
-Chapter 3: gets into the "inner" skills of ChiRunning

As you can see, the first 3 chapters lay out the philosopical foundation- that's so when you get to the specific techniques, they make sense.

Chaper 4: learn about the ChiRunning "focuses"- which are the specific physical and mental methods used to run more efficiently.

Chapters 5-9: covers program development, peak performance training and diet. Note: Chapter 7 also covers some info on common injuries such as muscle cramps, plantar fasciitis (also rec. The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution for more info on this), heel cord problems.

Chapter 10: how to incorporate the ChiRunning principles into your everyday life

As you can tell, ChiRunning, with its mind-body approach, is far from your typical book on running- and shouldn't be missed by any serious runner. Happy trails.
Audrey17 More than 1 year ago
I have never enjoyed running and always seen it as a necessary evil for weight management and payback for eating good food. And the common running method, power running, is painful and leaves you gasping for air. I had no idea there was another way. Chi running introduces an efficient and painless alternative. Is that possible? The first few chapters are philosophical. It may test your patience, but go with it. You need to understand why and how the techniques work and why it is a better way to run. You will get to the more pratical exercises and instructions, but first you need to understand why power running creates injuries in order to motivate change. This book explains how running can be more than just exercise. Similar to yoga, it trains you to relax and release tension. Your efficiency and injury prevention depend on it. Running can be a practice; a meditation. The book does a great job of explaining why and how to get there. It's easy to follow and an interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book but now I've bought it twice! You need easy and quick access to the chapters and reference pages. If you want this book, which you should, buy the paper copy. And if you don't know if this is really the running book for you-let me repeat myself-I have 2 copies now! I am running faster, with less work and less pain. Didn't know if I would be a "runner" but now I can't get enough! Hope this helps.
kaw More than 1 year ago
I've been doing tai chi for over 12 years and just started jogging around the park for exercise when I picked up this book. I was looking for something to guide me so I would run "properly" and not get hurt being that I have a small history of a small knee issue. I'm really glad I came upon THIS book instead of some other one, and was even a bit shocked to find the two things related, and VERY happy about it. From the tai chi side of things, it's exactly in line with everything I've ever been taught and taught to others. That right there was enough for me to think "wow, maybe I can actually like running!" I love the book in every way, but I do have to admit I felt a little "left out" when reading it. It's from the perspective of someone who's been running a long time, and is pretty much aimed at people who have been running a long time and already have a different way of running ingrained. I never even heard the term "power running".... which is probably good I guess.... on the other hand I skimmed through a lot of the tai chi posture stuff because i already know it. So... although I did a lot of skipping, the bits I am using I am using well, over & over...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I read this amazing book, I apply each step to my running and I've already seen improvements. I ran a 10 mile race and finished with a personal best after just applying a few of the techniques from CHI Running! Thank you Danny Dreyer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it changed the way I run and it works!!!!!
ALBOVA More than 1 year ago
If you are an experienced runner and feel you have plateaued, this book is a must. (I'd recommend it for all runners, but is written more from an experienced runner's perspective.) The philosophy and the method makes good common sense. If you care about running form, endurance, and recovery like I do, you probably will be able to implement ChiRunning immediately. I now use it for my training, speed intervals, and racing. I got the book from the public library 2 weeks before a half marathon, and ran a PR, before finishing the book! I'm 57 yrs old and want to run for years to come. I consider this book to be my ticket to qualify for Boston.
waasoo More than 1 year ago
A co-worker recommended this book and I decided to give it a try as it was not too expensive. This book is an amazing read for anyone who has decided to take up running on a regular basis. I have read other books and magazine articles and they usually end up making running way too complex and all about strength and power. This book takes a different approach. There is no regimen to follow; it attempts to get your fundamentals right. I have lead a sedentary life until now and just started to walk/run. This book did not scare me away but has motivated me by making running look simple. My friend who is planning to run his first half marathon and is part of a running group/clinic found this book helpful. He noted improvements in his running after he followed 2 of the suggested steps to get the basics right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone who has enjoyed jogging over the years, but is now plagued with joint issues, this book could be the answer. Persistent knee injuries had prevented me from enjoying even short runs. After several weeks of implementing strategies from the book, I'm back up to 30 minutes, 3 times a week - and I feel great. I think what's important to remember about this book (or any self-help book, for that matter) is to not feel obliged to incorporate all aspects of the method. What I've used has definitely helped me and I'd recommend it to anyone who feels that running is no longer a work-out option.
inkman More than 1 year ago
Chi Running came to me just a little late. I just blew my knee out on a run and haven't run in 5 months. During the time I've not run I "ran" into this book when I saw it advertised in Runner's World Magazine. I've been reading it while recouping from the injury. I wish I had read this book months before I injured the knee. Perhaps I could have avoided the injury? Chi Running is very helpful and makes sense. Running is a natural expression of our bodies and there's no reason for injury. The book is well written, easy to follow with practical ways to take control of your running form. Great book.
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