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ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Runningby Danny Dreyer
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A groundbreaking program that teaches you how to run faster and farther with less effort, and 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 10-step ChiRunning training program.
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
About the Author
Danny Dreyer, an esteemed walking and running coach, is a nationally ranked ultramarathon runner. He conducts workshops nationwide and lectures frequently at races and events. He is the coauthor, with Katherine Dreyer, of ChiRunning.
Katherine Dreyer brings to this book more than twenty years of experience in the health, personal growth, and fitness fields. She now works with Danny to create ChiRunning, ChiWalking, and ChiLiving programs.
Table of 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
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
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
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
Great Training 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
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