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

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Feb 4th, 2015, 14 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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9 Running Myths

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Thu Oct 9th, 2014, 8 comments

There's a ton of information out there about running - from training to speed to shoes, and the list goes on. Some of it's helpful, but some advice will just trip you up. We wrote this week's blog, "9 Running Myths", to help you weed through it all so you can be a happier, healthier runner.

 

 

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Fueling for Summer: Cool, Hot Weather Recipes

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Mon Jul 14th, 2014, 0 comments

Get through hot weather with these cool recipes...

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ChiRunning’s Strength Training Triad

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Jun 11th, 2014, 8 comments

Rock Your Next Event with ChiRunning’s Strength Training Triad. It’s widely accepted that you can improve your running performance with strength training. We agree you need strength training, but it’s not just physical strength that we’re talking about. If physical strength training is all your focusing on, you’re not getting the most out of your training time.

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Run For the Joy Of It, Even When You Hate It

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed May 28th, 2014, 1 comments

Whether you love to run, or you only do it for the health benefits, there may be times that you feel like you truly hate it. The other side of the coin is the great, wonderful joy that running can be and, the important lessons that are gleaned from the trials and tribulations of learning to master your body and your energy. Let’s take a look at some of the scenarios when running can feel like more trouble than it’s worth, and turn those negative connotations around. Finding the positive in difficult situations is the first step to creating more consistent joy in your life and your running.

 

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Take the Work Out of Your Workouts

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed May 14th, 2014, 10 comments

It seems like many people are under the impression that the only way to become a better runner is to become a stronger runner. You know… no pain, no gain? Chi Running is unique to most other training programs in that we use a mind-body approach, not just the purely physical approach. So, on those days when you don’t feel like pushing your body, you can still get a great workout by using your mind in a productive way. Here are four workouts that engage your mind and improve your running without challenging your body’s limits or requiring extra physical exertion. You can do these workouts at any pace that feels comfortable and still come away feeling like you just had a great workout.

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