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

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More than twenty-four million people run in the United States alone, but sixty-five percent will have to stop at least once this year because of injury. Still others will continue to run through the pain. But in this unique book Danny Dreyer shows us that running itself is not the problem. It is the "way one runs that is causing injuries! Here at last is the real solution to the high rate of injury that puts so many runners off their stride. The ChiRunning technique not only makes running safer, but also easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable for runners of all levels. Unlike "Power Running," which emphasizes peripheral muscles and strength training, ChiRunning draws from the current trend in fitness which emphasizes core strength and relaxation of the peripheral muscles, as reflected in Pilates, Yoga, and T'ai Chi. The key to ChiRunning is relying on the deep power reserves in the trunk of the body instead of the relatively weaker leg muscles. Passionate runners often try to run through an injury, hurting themselves even more. Others quit in fear of doing further damage. Yet now, with the help of "ChiRunning, everyone can safely stay in the game and keep running for a lifetime of health and well-being.

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More than 24 million people run in the United States alone, but 65 percent will have to stop at least once this year because of injury. Still others will choose to run through the pain. But in this groundbreaking book, ultramarathoner Danny Dreyer teaches us the running technique he created to heal and prevent injuries and also to run faster, farther, and with much less effort at any age.

ChiRunning employs the deep power reserves in the core muscles of the trunk, an approach that grows out of such disciplines as yoga, Pilates, and t'ai chi. This excellent step-by-step program offers training principles and is easily learned.

Dramatically reduce your potential for injuryMake knee pain and shin splints a thing of the pastGreatly reduce post-run recovery timeCreate a safe and effective training program Make running any distance enjoyable whether you're a beginning runner or a seasoned competitor

Synopsis:

An ultra-marathoner uses the principles of T'ai Chi to create a program that not only heals and prevents injuries, but promotes greater speed and distance with much less effort.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Running Lessons from a T'ai Chi Master

ChiRunning Versus Power Running

How to Use This Book

Chapter 1. ChiRunning: A Revolution in Running

The Benefits of Running

Why People Get Injured

Power Running: No Pain, No Gain

The "Chi" in ChiRunning

Chapter 2. The Principles of ChiRunning: Moving with Nature

Cotton and Steel: Gather to Your Center

Gradual Progress: The Step-by-Step Approach

The Pyramid: The Small Is Supported by the Large

Balance in Motion: Equal Balance and Complementary Balance

Nonidentification: Getting Yourself out of the Way

Chapter 3. The Four Chi-Skills

Focusing Your Mind

Body Sensing: High-speed Access

Breathing: Tapping Into Your Chi

Relaxation: The Path of Least Resistance

Chapter 4. The Basic Components of Technique

Posture

Lean: Gravity-Assisted Running

Legs and Arms

Let's Go Running

Chapter 5. Transitioning into and out of Running

Transitioning into a Run

Preparing Your Mind

Preparing Your Body

Starting Your Run

Transitioning out of a Run

Ending a Run

Cooling Down

Stretching

The Postrun Mind

Chapter 6. Program Development: The Process of Growth

Form, Distance, and Speed: The Three Developmental Stages of the ChiRunning Technique

Creating a Running Program

The Well-Rounded Running Program

Intervals

LSD Run

Fun Run

Hill Run

Tempo Run

Program Upgrades: When, How, How Much

Chapter 7. The Beauty of Learning and the Blessing of Challenges

The Difference Between Productive and Nonproductive Discomfort

Troubleshooting Your ChiRunning Form: Common Hot Spots

Special Circumstances: Uphill Running, Downhill Running, Running in New Terrain and Environments, Fatigue, Illness and Running, Buying Shoes, Treadmill Running, Miscellaneous Tips

Chapter 8. Peak Performance and Racing

Race-Specific Training

Great Training Tips

Race-day Tips

Chapter 9. Getting the Most Chi from Your Food

Principles of ChiRunning Applied to Diet

Practical Steps for a Healthy Diet

Running and Weight Loss

Chapter 10. Run as You Live, Live as You Run

Guidelines for ChiLiving

Opening New Doors

Appendix. A Guide to the Muscles Referred to in the Book

Index

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anonymous, February 24, 2009 (view all comments by anonymous)
Not Your "Run" of the Mill Running Book

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.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743251440
Subtitle:
A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running
Author:
Dreyer, Danny
With:
Dreyer, Katherine
Author:
Dreyer, Katherine
Publisher:
Fireside Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Running & Jogging
Subject:
Running
Subject:
Martial Arts - Taichi
Subject:
Track & Field
Subject:
Sports injuries
Subject:
Tai Chi
Subject:
General Health & Fitness
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Running -- Training.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
27-50
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.14x6.14x.63 in. .93 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , More than 24 million people run in the United States alone, but 65 percent will have to stop at least once this year because of injury. Still others will choose to run through the pain. But in this groundbreaking book, ultramarathoner Danny Dreyer teaches us the running technique he created to heal and prevent injuries and also to run faster, farther, and with much less effort at any age.

ChiRunning employs the deep power reserves in the core muscles of the trunk, an approach that grows out of such disciplines as yoga, Pilates, and t'ai chi. This excellent step-by-step program offers training principles and is easily learned.

Dramatically reduce your potential for injuryMake knee pain and shin splints a thing of the pastGreatly reduce post-run recovery timeCreate a safe and effective training program Make running any distance enjoyable whether you're a beginning runner or a seasoned competitor

"Synopsis" by , An ultra-marathoner uses the principles of T'ai Chi to create a program that not only heals and prevents injuries, but promotes greater speed and distance with much less effort.
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