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Create a Family Fun Day Around Your Running or Walking

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Aug 3rd, 2016, 0 comments

Create a Family Fun Day Around Your Running or Walking

I don't know about you, but I love my running and walking times. But, sometimes it seems that I have to make a choice between hanging out with my family and giving myself the time to get a nice workout in my day. It's a choice I don't like making because either way I always feel a tinge of guilt or letdown around leaving some part of my life un-nurtured.

This dilemma doesn't just hold true for me. A lot of families are so busy nowadays that not only do the parents feel pulled in a thousand directions, but the kids do too. It seems in the past that families at least had dinner time together. But according to a recent survey done by the Food Marketing Institute, only 40% of American families eat dinner together, and then, not more than two or three times a week. Compare that to just a generation ago when close to 80% of families ate evening meals together regularly.

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Can 1-Minute Intervals Improve Your Health?

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Aug 3rd, 2016, 6 comments

Can 1-Minute Intervals Improve Your Health?

Quite often, the question we are asked is: How can I fit in a good training run in my busy schedule? Runners may be happy to learn that a new study suggests that you might not need that long of a run afterall. In fact, running a brief set of solid 60 second intervals can do as much to improve your conditioning as three quarters of an hour worth of moderate exercise.

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This Is Your Brain on Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jul 19th, 2016, 2 comments

This Is Your Brain on Running

Ready, set, go!

Did you know that your brain benefits from your run before you even begin running? Yep. While the physical benefits of running are often talked about, the mental benefits are just as impressive. At ChiRunning, we often discuss the integration of running with your mind, body and spirit. Today, we’ll be looking at the “mind” in running, and what your brain experiences during each and every step.

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Run Faster Today with 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jul 12th, 2016, 3 comments

Run Faster Today with 4 Easy Steps

I can't tell you how many people come to ChiRunning workshops and tell me that all they want to do is get a little faster. This isn't just your average college hot shot. These are 45, 55 and even 65-year-old recreational runners. Most of them feel that no matter what they do, they don't seem to ever get any faster.

I was thinking about this when I was out on my run this morning and I came up with four things you can do to start getting faster today.

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Expensive Running Shoes are Not Better, Study Shows

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Jun 1st, 2016, 5 comments

Expensive Running Shoes are Not Better, Study Shows

The topic of shoes is always a hot topic and I just read about a study that adds even more fuel to the fire. Here's a very interesting study done by the good folks at http://www.runrepeat.com The t.itle itself is even guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows: Expensive Running Shoes Are Not Better Than More Affordable Running Shoes (Study).

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

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue May 17th, 2016, 10 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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Get energized and enjoy a great race day with the proven Chi way

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Thu May 5th, 2016, 1 comments

Get energized and enjoy a great race day with the proven Chi way

At ChiRunning, we follow a simple mantra: focus your mind, strengthen your core, run like the wind.  This is more than just a way to run our best; it is a way of life.  And, it should be the entire focus of race day logistics.

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Boost Your Training with Mindful Eating

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Thu Apr 21st, 2016, 1 comments

Boost Your Training with Mindful Eating

It’s important to apply mindfulness principles widely to your life. But you’ll experience possibly the best mindfulness effects if you make an effort to eat mindfully.

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Four Core Strengthening Exercises to Improve Your Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Apr 5th, 2016, 5 comments

Four Core Strengthening Exercises to Improve Your Running

Ensure that your running is healthy, proper and free of injury with these essential stretches. We even laid them out pre and post run, so you can make sure you have a stress free (and injury free) run!

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Chi Running into Springtime with Good Technique

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Mar 14th, 2016, 2 comments

Chi Running into Springtime with Good Technique

I've been training a bit more this spring; a few days of running, as well as cycling, and some circuit training work on the trails. Not to mention plenty of gardening and working in the yard! All of this movement has made me remember what the pain-free Chi Running and Chi Walking techniques have taught me about how to move my body.  Read more...

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A Chi Running Love Letter

Over the past 45 years, I have trained for and run a race of one mile or longer every year but one. I worked my way up to running marathons, but in 1982 began experiencing knee pain – ultimately in both knees. 

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