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Get Your Half Marathon On

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jan 20th, 2015, 2 comments

The fastest growing demographic in running today is the half marathon. It offers all the challenges of pacing, fueling and strategy without feeling daunting, like the marathon sometimes can. RunningUSA reported last year that since the year 2000 attendance at half marathons in this country has gone up 307%! In 2013 there were 1.9 million half marathon finishers and a whopping 61% were women..... For those of you who are thinking of running a half marathon this year, whether it's your first or your tenth, here are some tips to help you get there in the best shape ever.

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6 Body Alignment Tips for Efficient Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Jan 12th, 2015, 7 comments

If you're a runner trying to run economically, your biggest concern should be using the least amount of muscle to move you forward...

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7 Daily Habits to Create Real Change in Your Life

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Jan 12th, 2015, 2 comments

During the Holidays I spent some time looking back over the past year trying to glean whatever lessons I could, to bring some fresh life into the year ahead. One thing I'm clearly aware of is that, with all the strife in the world surrounding us, we are all being asked to act in a more human and humane way… towards others as well as towards ourselves. I

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You’ve Gotta Hear About Betty

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Jan 7th, 2015, 16 comments

You’ve Gotta Hear About Betty

Once over 200 pounds and concerned she might not live to see her daughter grow up, Betty Smith is now 73 and enjoys running 24-hour, 48-hour and even 6-day running events. (She set the record for 48 hour runs under USA-TF for women, age bracket 70-74 and her 6-day race record is in progress of being approved.)

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6 Reasons To Say Yes

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Mon Dec 29th, 2014, 3 comments

6 Reasons To Say Yes

Health and fitness can sometimes feel like a lot of sacrifice and self-denial. But, a deep inner “YES” is much more impactful than saying no.

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Add Power Breathing to Your Chi Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Dec 23rd, 2014, 1 comments

Add Power Breathing to Your Chi Running

What's the best use of your breath when Chi Running? Of course, everybody breathes when they run. But, how many people actually use their breath? Is there a way to get more from your breathing than just another lungful of air to fuel your muscles? The answer is a definite YES!    read more...

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A Small Trick to Avoiding Knee Injuries

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 15th, 2014, 1 comments

A Small Trick to Avoiding Knee Injuries

If you've never had any knee pains from running, you're one of the few, lucky people who haven't. Count your blessings and go find something else to read. But, if you're like the rest of us who have dealt with some form of "runner's knee," here's a pretty easy way to prevent the most common impact injuries to the knee. read more...

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6 Steps: Change Your Running, Change Your Life

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Dec 10th, 2014, 5 comments

I often hear the question, “What do you want?”

What do you want for Christmas? What do you want to do this weekend? What do you want for dinner? What do you want to do for your next running event? 

It’s the number one question in most self help books. You can’t get what you want unless you know what you’re aiming for!

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MINDFUL MONDAY: Another Step Towards Effortlessness, Injury-free Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 8th, 2014, 2 comments

One of the main things I see inefficient runners do, is swing their legs in a low, pendular swing. If your foot swings forward as it meets the oncoming road, that braking motion creates an impact felt in your knees, hips and lower back. This braking motion not only creates more impact to your body, it makes your muscles work harder than is necessary. In the Chi Running method, the most efficient leg swing is one in which your foot swings rearward the instant it hits the ground. In the best case scenario, it's actually moving rearward at the same speed as the oncoming road. This creates the least amount of braking and horizontal impact at the moment of touchdown.

So, how do you keep from swinging into the road and get your foot to come straight down onto the road?

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Soft Power: The Tao of Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Dec 3rd, 2014, 10 comments

Soft Power is a skill. It's the ability to respond to any given set of circumstances in a way that creates the simplest, the most economical, and yet ironically, the most productive outcome. It is the ability to body sense, intuitively understand and respond naturally and appropriately to any situation with which you are presented. This is one of the underlying principles upon which T'ai Chi is based; it's a principle born out of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism.

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