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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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Become a Black Belt…. In Running

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Mar 18th, 2015, 5 comments

Become a Black Belt…. In Running

There is a good reason why the protagonist of many action-adventure movies are superb martial artists. When it comes to hand-to-hand engagement, no one can compete against those who are schooled in these ancient, powerful, lightning-fast movements.

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The Upside of Pain

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Thu Mar 5th, 2015, 3 comments

None of us really want to feel pain when we walk or run. There are times when you might enjoy a satisfying burn during a workout, and perhaps a bit of an ache the next day. But pain that limits your ability to focus or enjoy life, can be scary. “What  if this doesn’t change?” “Do I need to see a doctor?” The fear makes us avoid pain, often at great cost.

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Danny’s response to NY Times Article

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Feb 25th, 2015, 2 comments

I was thrilled The Times wrote about this important topic. To me, the mind-body connection is one of the most important parts of healthy running and walking, but it is overlooked and often under utilized.

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Strengthen This One Muscle To Improve Your Running and Your Life

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Feb 11th, 2015, 12 comments

Strenghten this one muscle to improve your running and your life. 

"Even at rest, the muscles of the heart work hard - twice as hard as the leg muscles of a person sprinting." - PBS, Amazing Heart Facts

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5 Ways To Overcome Fatigue- On The Run, And In Life

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Feb 4th, 2015, 13 comments

It’s like magic. One second you feel exhausted, as if every ounce of energy and life is drained from your body. Then, from out of no where comes a surge of energy; alive, new, and potent like a rising sun. You have much more energy in your body than you think.  At your fingertips are sources of energy that are untapped, underutilized, or not fully activated. Here are a few ways to access that energy while you’re running, walking, and living your life:

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ChiRunning: Performance For Everyone

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Jan 28th, 2015, 5 comments

I've been thinking a lot about performance lately and I've come to believe that, as a culture, we've drifted away from its original meaning. I hear the media mostly associating the word associated with the image of elite runners, high-level athletes, and people being noticed for exceptional effort. The word faster is always in there as well. Performance has morphed into a word that implies some amount of comparison. It's no wonder we all end up with varying degrees of "performance anxiety." What I'd like to offer is a more friendly definition so that performance doesn't bring up thoughts, feelings or fears of comparison.

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Get Your Half Marathon On

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jan 20th, 2015, 2 comments

The fastest growing demographic in running today is the half marathon. It offers all the challenges of pacing, fueling and strategy without feeling daunting, like the marathon sometimes can. RunningUSA reported last year that since the year 2000 attendance at half marathons in this country has gone up 307%! In 2013 there were 1.9 million half marathon finishers and a whopping 61% were women..... For those of you who are thinking of running a half marathon this year, whether it's your first or your tenth, here are some tips to help you get there in the best shape ever.

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Soft Power: The Tao of Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Dec 3rd, 2014, 10 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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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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A Chi Running Love Letter

A message of pure gratitude as your book on Chi Running has completely changed my running experience. In only three and a half years I've gone through patellar tendonitis (in both knees), plantar fasciitis, and many other injuries I can't even describe.

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