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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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The Search for the Perfect Running Stride

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Oct 14th, 2015, 13 comments

The Search for the Perfect Running Stride

I'll be the first to admit… I'd love to have the perfect running stride. Is there really a perfect stride?

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One Thing to Make Your Running So Much Easier

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Sep 30th, 2015, 8 comments

One Thing to Make Your Running So Much Easier

You can make running easier…after all, why push yourself down the road when you can be pulled…by gravity, that is.

In our last workshop some people found it difficult to let go and let gravity do its job. Whether it’s a mindset that says you need to work hard, or legs that want to be tree stumps and not loose like noodles, the hardest part of ChiRunning® is learning to relax and let go.

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3 Areas All Beginning Runners Need to Focus On

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Jun 24th, 2015, 6 comments

3 Areas All Beginning Runners Need to Focus On

New to running? Getting back to it after taking the winter off? To start a running program, with the least risk of injury and the highest potential for success, we suggestion the ChiWalk-Run Program to get you started running safely and enjoyably.For those of you who haven't tried a walk/run program, it is basically a series of brief runs interrupted by short walking breaks.

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Running is Easier Than You Think

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed May 27th, 2015, 5 comments

Running is Easier Than You Think

In the title of the ChiRunning® book we make the promise of, "Effortless, Injury-free Running." The less effort, the less injury! The more I teach, the more I can get people to use less effort while running. Our clients are experiencing running without the normal feeling of pushing or pulling or straining to move their body forward. As with any change in your movement patterns, it takes some effort up front to get to that place of relaxation on your own… But the feeling of effortlessness is worth it!

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Improve Your Running 10 Ways with One Simple Focus

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed May 13th, 2015, 12 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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Racing Against Father Time

Posted by Larry Neumann on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015, 7 comments

Racing Against Father Time

I’ve always been a runner. In my 20s and 30s, I was what I later came to learn was a “power runner”, running 3 miles a few times a week, usually as fast as I could. I had plenty of injuries back then and still have the oversized calves to show for it! In 2000, I met Danny and took a 1 hour lesson – just the basics: posture, lean and leg lift.

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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, 6 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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A Chi Running Love Letter

Thanks. I've had phenomenal results so far with using ideas from Born To Run...and then from Chi Running. I should have read Chi Running first.

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