Chi Running Simplified!

Posted by David Stretanski on Wed Jan 12th, 2011, 2 comments

 A natural form of running which cooperates with the ...

 
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Running Technique, Midfoot Strike and Foot Landing Options

Posted by David Stretanski on Mon Sep 13th, 2010, 9 comments

Recently there has been much discussion and debate about how to run with respect to foot strike. The advice ranges but it is in general focused to how to land the foot. Much of the advice is also purist in nature – meaning a position that there is only one ‘right’ way to land properly [...]

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Running Form Rooted In Principles

Posted by David Stretanski on Mon Sep 6th, 2010, 0 comments

When I first picked up a ChiRunning Book in the fall of 2005; I was injured, frustrated and confused. It quickly became very clear that there was much to learn from this running resource. On the surface, ChiRunning (“chee-running”, chi running) provides an awareness of running form options to improve efficiency and prevent injury. Underneath, [...]

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Four Components of Alignment for RunningTechnique Efficiency and Injury Prevention

Posted by David Stretanski on Thu Aug 26th, 2010, 1 comments

Alignment is a key element for running form efficiency and injury prevention. When you are aligned a higher level of relaxation is possible. These are the two primary concepts in ChiRunning® – Alignment and Relaxation and the balance between them. The more you are aligned, the less you need your muscles. The less you use [...]

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Should We Be Running Barefoot?

Posted by David Stretanski on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010, 5 comments

Recently there has been a lot of discussion on the concept of running barefoot. There are some purists who suggest we should all be running barefoot, period. Personally, I don’t care for the word ‘should’ in any context. It implies someone else telling us what to do or be, when we all have to decide [...]

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Running with a Relaxed Midfoot Strike

Posted by David Stretanski on Sun Jan 17th, 2010, 2 comments

In a previous post (Running Motion for a Midfoot Strike), the ChiRunning motion was described as a midfoot (full-foot) landing with a heel lift/knee bend. Along with this motion, it is also very important to keep the legs and feet relaxed. Running with a relaxed midfoot (full-foot) strike allows a subtle forward lean (fall) from [...]

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Running Motion for a Midfoot Strike

Posted by David Stretanski on Mon Dec 14th, 2009, 8 comments

In ChiRunning, the approach is to land midfoot (full-foot) under your column and create a wheel slightly behind your column with your heels/feet. Visually, this running motion is similar to the Road Runner cartoon. To create this wheel, the focus is to allow the knee to bend and to not consciously lift the knee. Lifting [...]

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Making Gradual Running and Walking Progress

Posted by David Stretanski on Mon Nov 23rd, 2009, 1 comments

The way we stand and move are habits formed over time from our life experiences. Making adjustments to your posture and motion will take time; but with consistent focus and practice, not nearly as much time in which those habits were formed. The principle of Gradual Progress is a key principle for any change, not [...]

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Running and Walking Technique Rooted In Principles

Posted by David Stretanski on Wed Nov 18th, 2009, 0 comments

When I first picked up a ChiRunning Book about four years ago – in pain, injured, frustrated and confused; I first realized my running philosophy was a bit off and then I realized my running technique was a bit off also. On the surface, ChiRunning is about adjusting running technique to improve efficiency and prevent [...]

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Running as a Metaphor for Life

Posted by David Stretanski on Tue Nov 17th, 2009, 0 comments

Many of us have heard the concept of “running is a metaphor [or mirror] for life”. There have been many ways to apply and learn from this concept. Just Google the phrase and you will see many posts on the subject. A few days ago a great quote came across my path: “Tension is who [...]

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A Chi Running Love Letter

I picked up your book 2 months ago. My wife saw you on CNN. I stopped running 15 years ago due to tendonitis in my left leg. 

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