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Personality Test for Runners

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Thu Jul 20th, 2017, 0 comments

Personality Test for Runners

“Your biography becomes your biology.”

Judge your personality or place in life based upon how you run.  As a more fit and modern palm reader, ask your friend, spouse or take it upon yourself to take off a shoe and read into a sole.  Instead of looking at hand lines and wrinkles, learn how your experiences and attitudes shape the movement of your body.

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Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jul 18th, 2017, 0 comments

Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine

Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine
- a guest post from Jesse Silkoff, of FitnessTrainer.com

 

These days, our minds are constantly running in the background. Where did I put my keys? Did anyone like my post yet? Am I going to be late on that project? We’re juggling so many thoughts and distractions that it’s safe to say that our brains get the best workout of any part in our body.

But all that static starts to take a toll: stress and anxiety can hasten the onset of aging-related memory issues, and in the short-term, contributes to unhealthy behaviors like overeating and disrupted sleep.

So we’re pretty tense as a nation, on the whole. And for many of us, exercise is our go-to stress management strategy. Many Americans use their fitness routine as their chief stress reduction technique. And it’s no wonder: multiple studies report that physical activity relieves anxiety and lowers the stress response in the body.

Mindfulness practice offers many of these same benefits. Mindful meditation has been shown to be an effective technique to manage anxiety and depression, because it teaches participants to recognize harmful recurring thoughts and acknowledge destructive patterns. Knowing that both mindful meditation and exercise help soothe stress and anxiety, is it possible to harness both methods at once? The answer is a resounding “yes!” Here’s how to do it.

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Cross Training for ChiRunners

Posted by Danny Dreyer A on Tue Jul 11th, 2017, 0 comments

Cross Training for ChiRunners

I am not a huge believer in cross-training for running. I do believe in cross training if you have some weakness in your musculature that is affecting your ability to run efficiently and uninjured. In this case you need to strengthen those areas. I am also a huge believer in cross training to keep your mind interested in fitness, your body in good shape so that you can live a full life, and your spirit enriched by a consistent fitness routine.

I don’t just run. I practice T’ai Chi, regularly. I actively garden as often as I can. I ride bikes (more like a kid, for fun, than for serious training). Katherine and I walk after dinner and kayak when we can. I play 4-square and tennis with my daughter. I have meditated regularly mornings and evenings for most of my adult life. I consider meditation to be part of my cross training because it is where I practice focusing, being fully present, and being an astute observer of my inner self. My meditation practice supports my running and vice versa.

To be the best runner you can be, practice refining the fundamentals of your running technique all day long. Make good posture and deep relaxation a part of every thing you do, from sitting at your desk to washing the dishes. That is my very best cross training advice.

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July 2017 Instructor of the Month: Vince Vaccaro

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Mon Jun 26th, 2017, 0 comments

July 2017 Instructor of the Month: Vince Vaccaro

Vince Vaccaro is one of our most active Instructors, constantly teaching new and seasoned runners how to harness the power of Chi in their own running practice. He is dedicated to his own goals as a runner as well, having completed multiple 100k races - most recently the Lighthouse 100 in June of this year! Read on to discover what drives Vince, his favorite training tips and what he thinks about while running. 

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Pelvic Rotation: The Secret to Effective Running Form

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Jun 26th, 2017, 0 comments

Pelvic Rotation: The Secret to Effective Running Form

One of the most challenging aspects of running form to learn, and to teach, is pelvic rotation. If learning pelvic rotation is not in your training plan, it should be. It plays a key role in being able to run injury-free, whether you want to do a 5K run or train for a marathon. So, as you might guess, I’m always looking for better ways to teach it. I adopted this recently with a group training for a half marathon and had great success.

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Limitations: Redefining How You Meet Them and Beat Them

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Jun 6th, 2017, 0 comments

Limitations: Redefining How You Meet Them and Beat Them

We all feel the restriction of our human limitations. On the physical level, pain and fatigue let us know when we’re getting close to that threshold where, as we go further or push harder, it could mean either a breakthrough or an injury. On the emotional level, it could manifest as fear, nervousness or sweaty hands. I run into it on the mental level all the time when I draw a blank.

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Run A Faster 5k, 10k or Half Marathon with ChiRunning

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed May 31st, 2017, 0 comments

Run A Faster 5k, 10k or Half Marathon with ChiRunning

ChiRunning makes running easier and injury-free, but can it make you faster? The answer is YES. As you learn to use the assistance of gravity to increase your momentum, instead of pushing with your legs, you’ll discover that you can increase your speed without feeling a big increase in effort. The one caveat that I want to impress upon you though, is that speed should be a byproduct of good running technique, not the other way around.

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Push and Relax: The New Definition

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue May 9th, 2017, 0 comments

Push and Relax: The New Definition

How many times have you begun a training program having very good intentions to get yourself into the best shape you've ever been in? You set goals, make time in your day, and give it your all in order to get the best results.

Then when you're out there on a  run, you try to push yourself as hard as you can so that you can build up your muscles and improve your aerobic conditioning. And afterwards, you find yourself overstretched, fatigued and maybe even in pain.

If that sounds familiar, never fear. There is a better way.

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5 Crucial Injury Recovery Tips

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Apr 26th, 2017, 0 comments

5 Crucial Injury Recovery Tips

No doubt about it… it sucks to get a running injury. Your training gets disrupted… you can’t go hang with your friends on a cruise through the ‘hood and it brings up flashbacks of being grounded as a kid. Nobody likes it.

We do our best to teach you how to not get injured in the first place, but if you find yourself injured we’ve still got your back. When you’re working your way out of an injury there are always “best practices” and “not-so-best practices.” So, here are some tips to get you back out there with your buds without any of those pesky setbacks that can happen if you overdo your rehab.

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May 2017 Instructors of the Month: Rafael Izquierdo and Amelia Jurado Fernandez

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Apr 26th, 2017, 1 comments

May 2017 Instructors of the Month: Rafael Izquierdo and Amelia Jurado Fernandez

Rafa and Amelia, our amazing Certified Instructors in Spain, are partners in running and partners in life! Their tireless efforts continue to bring the magic of ChiRunning and ChiWalking to their community in Madrid, and throughout the country. Read their interviews below, and get inspired!

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A Chi Running Love Letter

I'm so excited that I'm compelled to write! I lost 65 pounds last year and I've spent the year doing step aerobics, weightlifting and various dance/excercise classes, some pilates, some yoga, etc.  

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