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Limitations: Redefining How You Meet Them and Beat Them

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jun 6th, 2017, 0 comments

Limitations: Redefining How You Meet Them and Beat Them

We all feel the restriction of our human limitations. On the physical level, pain and fatigue let us know when we’re getting close to that threshold where, as we go further or push harder, it could mean either a breakthrough or an injury. On the emotional level, it could manifest as fear, nervousness or sweaty hands. I run into it on the mental level all the time when I draw a blank.

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Run A Faster 5k, 10k or Half Marathon with ChiRunning

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed May 31st, 2017, 0 comments

Run A Faster 5k, 10k or Half Marathon with ChiRunning

ChiRunning makes running easier and injury-free, but can it make you faster? The answer is YES. As you learn to use the assistance of gravity to increase your momentum, instead of pushing with your legs, you’ll discover that you can increase your speed without feeling a big increase in effort. The one caveat that I want to impress upon you though, is that speed should be a byproduct of good running technique, not the other way around.

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Push and Relax: The New Definition

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue May 9th, 2017, 0 comments

Push and Relax: The New Definition

How many times have you begun a training program having very good intentions to get yourself into the best shape you've ever been in? You set goals, make time in your day, and give it your all in order to get the best results.

Then when you're out there on a  run, you try to push yourself as hard as you can so that you can build up your muscles and improve your aerobic conditioning. And afterwards, you find yourself overstretched, fatigued and maybe even in pain.

If that sounds familiar, never fear. There is a better way.

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5 Crucial Injury Recovery Tips

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Apr 26th, 2017, 0 comments

5 Crucial Injury Recovery Tips

No doubt about it… it sucks to get a running injury. Your training gets disrupted… you can’t go hang with your friends on a cruise through the ‘hood and it brings up flashbacks of being grounded as a kid. Nobody likes it.

We do our best to teach you how to not get injured in the first place, but if you find yourself injured we’ve still got your back. When you’re working your way out of an injury there are always “best practices” and “not-so-best practices.” So, here are some tips to get you back out there with your buds without any of those pesky setbacks that can happen if you overdo your rehab.

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Life Loves Rhythm

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Apr 12th, 2017, 0 comments

Life Loves Rhythm

All events in Nature occur in cycles and rhythms. Some occur outside of us, such as the seasons, the lunar cycles, the rising and setting of the sun. And, some happen within us — our sleep cycles, our breath and heart rates, or the automatic tap our toes when we hear a catchy beat. We all tend to seek order in our lives: when faced with chaos and irregularity, we tend to feel ill at ease until order has been restored. Soft rhythms and rocking are often used to help soothe and calm agitated or overactive children.  Rhythm is one of the fundamental elements of Life.

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Speed with Ease: Why We Teach ChiRunning From Scratch

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Mar 29th, 2017, 0 comments

Speed with Ease: Why We Teach ChiRunning From Scratch

Danny can't tell you how many people come up to him at a ChiRunning class and tell me, "I just want to get faster." He agrees. It's great to get faster. Speed can be exhilarating, inspiring, and definitely lots of fun. But if your speed isn't grounded in a base of proper technique, it can easily turn into a trade-off between speed and injury. It can also be a lot more work to run faster if you're not an efficient runner. In Danny's longtime practice of T'ai Chi he's learned that speed never comes from force… it comes from relaxation.

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The New York Times: Running May be Good for Your Knees

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Thu Mar 2nd, 2017, 3 comments

The New York Times: Running May be Good for Your Knees

Recently the New York Times published an article that had many runners excited about the implications. For years, running has been lauded as a sport that even if not downright bad for your knees, certainly isn’t good for them.

Good news! According to the New York Times, running may in fact benefit the joint, changing the biochemical environment inside the knee in ways that could help keep it working smoothly.

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10 Things to do Before and After Your Runs to Shorten Recovery Time

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Nov 30th, 2016, 0 comments

10 Things to do Before and After Your Runs to Shorten Recovery Time

How many times have you gone out for a run and felt like your legs were made of concrete, or worse? Well, let me clue you in on a little secret. They might not feel so bad from something you did as from something that you didn't do. Many people don't realize that it's important to treat your legs well during the time between runs in order to optimize the enjoyment of your workouts.

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The Health Benefits of T’ai Chi

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Oct 18th, 2016, 5 comments

The Health Benefits of T’ai Chi

T’ai Chi is short for Tai chi chuan, which is a gentle form of martial arts based on the movements of animals. It combines deep diaphragmatic breathing with flowing, dance-like poses where practitioners focus on body alignment and movement through a set of specific moves. The practice can be a remarkably thorough way for people of many ages to learn mind-body focus, deep relaxation, breathwork, balance and strength. All this while still being gentle on the body and calming to the mind. The goals of T’ai Chi are to gain a relaxed body, a focused mind and to increase the flow of one’s Chi, or lifeforce energy.

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10 Tips for Newbie Runners

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Oct 5th, 2016, 4 comments

10 Tips for Newbie Runners

Running is often misunderstood, especially by runners new to the sport. Some may think it’s too hard, while others think it’s something to just throw yourself into (which can be tough on your joints). The truth is, as with any workout, it’s going to feel harder without proper technique. Here are ten must-try tips that will help you through everything from sore knees to a lack of motivation.

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A Chi Running Love Letter

Just wanted to say that after reading Chi Running and trying it for a week, I felt like it finally "clicked", and I cannot even remember how to run the old way (which I did faithfully for over 20 years). 

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