Synopses & Reviews
From the authors of the bestselling Chi Running, a game-changing training guide for injury-free long distance running.
Injury among marathoners is between 80 and 90 percent. Most marathon books and training programs focus primarily on building stamina—but they often don’t address how running all those miles may be seriously harming your body. Chi Marathon debunks the myth that marathons require pushing through and beyond pain and presents a technique-based plan for pain-and-injury-free high performance half and full marathons. Chi Marathon also shows you how to improve your performance by developing your own race-specific training plan tailored to your event.
In Chi Marathon, author Danny Dreyer, a highly respected running coach and accomplished distance runner, takes a whole-body approach to running—much like Tai Chi—making ease and efficiency of movement the prime goal of one’s training.
Danny and Katherine Dreyer launched the Chi Running movement twelve years ago and now have over 200 certified Chi Running Instructors around the world as well as a strong selling line of DVD’s and training programs. The Dreyers also present Chi Running workshops at many of the U.S. marathons and have a 40,000 subscriber newsletter as well as receiving 50,000 hits a month on their website.
Chi Marathon is the book that distance runners have been waiting for. With Chi Marathon runners can revolutionize their technique, their approach to distance running…and their lives.
"After their bestselling ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running, the husband-and-wife Dreyers explain how to adopt a whole-body approach (based on the principles of T'ai Chi) to distance running. Even though the number of participants in marathons and half-marathons is increasing each year, statistics show the injury rate among marathoners can reach a staggering 90%, indicating many are engaged in improper and unsafe training. The Dreyers encourage readers to focus on ease and efficiency of movement as primary training goals, while discrediting the commonly held notion that marathons are all about endurance. The authors quickly differentiate 'pain-free running' from 'productive discomfort,' and lay out a detailed, seven-phase self-paced training plan that includes visioning and planning, technique, conditioning, event mastery, and rest and renewal. By adhering to 'Form Focuses' (defined as 'job descriptions...for individual body parts'), Chi runners will improve posture, pelvic rotation, and stride en route to more productive, pain-free running. Though peppered with 'Instructor Stories' that read like advertisements for the ChiRunning DVDs and workshops, the Dreyers' running guide will doubtless be of great value to veteran runners and newcomers alike, as well as those who are simply looking for ways to improve their health. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Learning the easiest way to run a marathon--like finding the easiest way to swim one--isn't undemanding. It's exacting, in place of exhausting. It requires critical, not reflexive, thinking.
"The Dryers don't believe in "no pain, no gain" for runners. Instead, their holistic approach is a smarter and healthier way for runners to fully develop balanced body mechanics for an injury-free life. The old school, conventional running trends have created too much ill-health and pain for all athletes, but Chi Marathon
changes all that. Regardless of your age and experience, you’ll learn how to run efficiently from head to toe. The result is more enjoyable, and you will now finish marathons and other endurance races feeling refreshed rather than wasted." --Dr. Philip Maffetone, author of The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing
“Running is meant to be enjoyed, not endured. Thanks to Danny Dreyer you can release your fear of injury so that you can enjoy what is important—the ability to get out into the open air and do what is so natural, pacifying, and nourishing to the mind and body.” —Catherine McKiernan, former Olympian, world cross-country champion, and winner of the London, Amsterdam, and Berlin marathons
"Chi Marathon is the perfect plan for sustainable running for all ages, abilities and for all distances, whether you enter an event or not." --Mark Cucuzzella, MD, Professor, West Virginia University School of Medicine
“Chi Marathon emphasizes the mental and physical components of running and encourages runners to be aware of how their bodies are responding during a run. The tone of the book is positive, and it supports the idea that proper technique is the key to pain-free running. The Dreyers expertly detail how to prepare for a race…many runners are likely to find value in the Dreyers’ program.” --Booklist
"Learning the easiest way to run a marathon--like finding the easiest way to swim one--isn't undemanding. It's exacting, in place of exhausting. It requires critical, not reflexive, thinking. But that sort of difficulty is the sort that leads to Mastery, Happiness, and even a high-functioning brain. Chi Running is on the cutting edge of how people will pursue physical, mental and spiritual fitness in the 21st Century." --Terry Laughlin, author of Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster and Easier
From the authors of the bestselling Chi Running
, a game-changing training guide for injury-free long distance running.
In Chi Marathon, Danny Dreyer, creator of the revolutionary ChiRunning program, highly respected running coach, and accomplished distance runner, takes a whole-body approach to long-distance running—much like T’ai Chi—making ease and efficiency of movement the prime goal of one’s training. Chi Marathon is the first book to focus not on building stamina first (though that is covered here) but on how to run all those miles without harming your body. A staggering 80 to 90 percent of marathoners face injuries during their training. This book debunks the myth that marathoners need to push through and beyond pain, and presents a technique-based plan for pain- and injury-free, high-performance half and full marathons. Chi Marathon also shows how to improve your performance by developing your own race-specific training plan tailored to your event, and will help you cross the finish line feeling strong no matter your age, body type, or running ability.
-Run a marathon or half marathon free of pain and injury
-Transform your racing with the training triad: form, conditioning, and mastery
-Tap into your chi, an energy source more powerful and enduring than muscles
-Teach your mind and body to work together as a team and master your event
This is the book that distance runners have been waiting for. With Chi Marathon you can enjoy the run and feel confident no matter the distance.
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 has more than thirty years of experience in the health, personal growth, and fitness fields. She partners with Danny to coordinate the international ChiRunning, ChiWalking, and ChiLiving programs.