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A Small Trick to Avoiding Knee Injuries

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 15th, 2014, 0 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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MINDFUL MONDAY: Another Step Towards Effortlessness, Injury-free Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 8th, 2014, 0 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, 0 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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MINDFUL MONDAY: The Need for Speed, and the Angst of Effort

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Dec 1st, 2014, 0 comments

Back in the days before Chi Running, whenever I thought about running faster, my mind would immediately slip into fear mode. OMG, it's so much work… I'm going to be breathing really hard… I don't have enough strength… it's going to be so much EFFORT!

Sound familiar?

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Running With Less Impact

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Nov 24th, 2014, 0 comments

In Chi Running, one of our basic goals is injury prevention. You can basically divide almost all running injuries (outside of accidents) to one of two categories: overuse and impact. I've never taken the time to study which one creates more injuries, but I'd be curious to find out. Today I'm talking about impact.

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MINDFUL MONDAY:  Can Minimalist Shoes Really be Blamed for Running Injuries?

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Nov 17th, 2014, 0 comments

I'm sure that many of you have heard of the lawsuit incurred by Vibram for claiming that wearing their minimalist shoes would help strengthen you body and make you run better. Because of this lawsuit, many so-called experts are trying to tie injury-rates from minimalist shoes to the fault of the shoes, or even to the manufacturer. This is misleading, at best.

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Chi Running 2.0: The Next Level

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Nov 10th, 2014, 0 comments

Since the early days of Chi Running and Chi Walking, I've come to trust these two powerful activities to be the perfect classrooms for me to learn more about myself. Here's how.

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MINDFUL MONDAY: Practice Makes Presence

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Nov 3rd, 2014, 0 comments

Last week I posted a blog entitled "Practice Makes Progress". I wanted to explain how outdated and dysfunctional the old phrase, "Practice Makes Perfect" has become. This week I'd like to take this theme a step farther (and more deeply internal) using the title, "Practice Makes Presence," because that's exactly what it does.

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Practice Makes Progress

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Oct 27th, 2014, 0 comments

Lisa Pozzoni, one of our certified Chi Running instructors came up with a great line that hits the nail on the head in terms of how to approach learning, "Practice makes progress." It's a play on that old phrase that has made students of any discipline uptight for centuries. I like it because it puts the emphasis on practice instead of perfection, which we all know is infinitely elusive.

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MINDFUL MONDAY: Are you moving symmetrically when you run?

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Oct 13th, 2014, 0 comments

Are you moving symmetrically when you run?  This is a tough question, but an important one to ask yourself. Our bodies are designed to work in a way where all the parts contribute to the movement of the whole. Most of these parts work in pairs: our legs, feet, arms, and all of the bilateral muscles that move our body. If one half of any of these "pairs" is not matching the movement of its "twin" your body will move in an unbalanced way, triggering nearby muscles to work harder to compensate for the imbalance.

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A Chi Running Love Letter

I'm so excited that I'm compelled to write! I lost 65 pounds last year and I've spent the year doing step aerobics, weightlifting and various dance/excercise classes, some pilates, some yoga, etc.  

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