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Improve Your Running 10 Ways with One Simple Focus

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed May 13th, 2015, 9 comments

Improve Your Running 10 Ways with One Simple Focus

I admit it. I'm an efficiency nut. I'm always trying to come up with simple acts I can do that will create the biggest results. Here's one that came to me last week while teaching a group of ChiRunning Instructor candidates. It's so simple it's crazy. But, the number of things it accomplishes is remarkable.

"Lift at the crown of your head"
There is probably no ChiRunning focus I mention more than this. And, it's one of the first focuses every ChiRunner learns.

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Running Shouldn’t be Taxing

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Apr 14th, 2015, 2 comments

Running Shouldn’t be Taxing

I've always loved using ChiRunning and ChiWalking as metaphors for Life. So, since it's TAX WEEK I want to play with the financial metaphors that these two practices bring up.

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Running Into The Moment

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Apr 1st, 2015, 5 comments

Running Into The Moment

While driving from Asheville, NC down to Hilton Head, SC a couple of weeks ago I was dumbstruck by a billboard covered with a Rebel flag. Emblazoned across it in a huge swirly font were the words, "Never Forget." Those words struck my heart like a dagger filled with sadness, and I thought to myself, "Wow, someone out there is still carrying a grudge held by their ancestors more than 150 years ago."

This, of course, brought up the question, "Where in my life am I slow to change?" and "Where do I hold onto ways of thinking that no longer serve, either me or the greater good?"

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Danny Dreyer Talks XeroShoes

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Mar 10th, 2015, 0 comments

Sorry so late...great shoe sale ends Thursday! (March 12, 2015)

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Danny’s response to NY Times Article

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Feb 25th, 2015, 2 comments

I was thrilled The Times wrote about this important topic. To me, the mind-body connection is one of the most important parts of healthy running and walking, but it is overlooked and often under utilized.

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Running Habits to Kick or Keep: ChiRunning & Lent

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Feb 18th, 2015, 10 comments

I'm not Catholic, but for almost 20 years now I've celebrated the forty days and forty nights of Lent. It's a time of year when some Christians give up something for forty days to represent the forty days before the Crucifixion when Jesus went into the desert and fought off the temptations of the Devil.

When I was growing up I used to really feel for the kids that had to give up something they liked to do, or liked to eat or whatever they were most  attached to. I mean, geez… six weeks is a long time to go without. But, since I've adopted this practice as an adult, I have not only seen it's value, I actually look forward to it every year.

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ChiRunning: Performance For Everyone

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Jan 28th, 2015, 5 comments

I've been thinking a lot about performance lately and I've come to believe that, as a culture, we've drifted away from its original meaning. I hear the media mostly associating the word associated with the image of elite runners, high-level athletes, and people being noticed for exceptional effort. The word faster is always in there as well. Performance has morphed into a word that implies some amount of comparison. It's no wonder we all end up with varying degrees of "performance anxiety." What I'd like to offer is a more friendly definition so that performance doesn't bring up thoughts, feelings or fears of comparison.

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How Does Sitting Affect Your Running?

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Sun Jan 25th, 2015, 2 comments

We all sit too much. We sit all day at work, at the movies, at meals, driving the car… there is never a shortage of opportunities to sit. As a result, we're becoming increasingly unfit because of this sedentary aspect of our lifestyle.

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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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