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Make the Choice to be Injury-free

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Mar 12th, 2008, 5 comments

Being able to walk or run injury-free doesn’t happen by accident… and believe it or not, neither do most injuries. Although there are many people out there who are naturally talented in running and walking, there are very few people who never get injured. Even the best fall prey to training mistakes or momentary lapses in their technique. We’re all human and therefore subject to everything that entails, which means we spend our lives dealing with the consequences of our choices whether they’re made consciously or unconsciously.

Making the choice to live a life of injury-free running or walking involves making efforts to observe what you’re doing so you can lower the odds of being sidelined for any reason. You can choose to be injury-free by doing everything in your power to run or walk in a way that won’t hurt your body.

This choice applies to injury-prevention as well as injury-recovery. Whether you’re intent on avoiding injury or whether you want to recover from an injury, make the choice to run and walk as efficiently and as biomechanically correct as possible and you’ll carry with you the best health insurance policy there is…for the rest of your life.

The choice to be injury-free begins with self-observation. Listen to your body. Do you “hear” complaints from any body parts, in terms of aches or pain? Whenever you do, ask yourself the simple question, “Why is this happening?” Many possible answers will come, but keep asking that question until you discover the true source of the problem. Many times injuries are layered and the primal cause is not clear at first. But if you keep asking your question at each successive layer, you’ll eventually get to the origin. And when you do, you stand in the unique position of being able to choose to rid yourself of the problem forever by addressing the real cause.

When you feel that you’re onto the answer to your question, you can either refer back to the ChiWalking book or the ChiRunning book, or go to the library of articles on our website to see which focuses you can apply to correcting the problem.

Here’s where choice comes in. Once you know what it is you need to do, make a choice to instate the corrective focus(es) with every step you take until the problem goes away. Your ability to move forward into health lies in your ability to be relentlessly mindful in your movement. This is the true nature of mind-body work. Making the choice for health requires constant focus… but think of the alternatives.




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Wow! couldn’t be more tmely.  I ran a 50K on Sat, 1 Mar 08, did three recovery runs on M/W/F; no problem.  During Tuesdays run I noticed my left calf was bothering me, but it never developed to the point I had to stop, but it was sore to walk on after my run.  I remembered during a workshop with Danny he demonstrated how if we pick our foot up over our ankle there was no stress on the calf so I did that whenever I had to walk and on my next running day I focused on that same thing and never had a bit of trouble from my calf.  For me the lesson was don’t get lazy, pay attention.  A lesson I keep relearning.

I couldn’t agree more!  Corrective focuses can help even during a healing process.  I spent six weeks in a non-weight-bearing cast from November to January as the result of a “run-in” with a kid on a bmx bike during a trail run.  While this put a huge damper on my winter running, I’ve been aggressively trying to regain my strength and endurance for the upcoming spring racing season.  It hasn’t been easy. I often find myself trying to deny what my body is telling me, but I must constantly “reel myself in” and make adjustments as necessary.  In doing so, I’ve realized great success, as I managed to finish a 50K trail run two weeks ago (about 7 weeks after getting the OK to run again).

I agree, after dealing with a couple of Running Related muscular injuries, and one ending up with a knee Surgery. I knew I had to make a choice to continue to Run or Give it up?  Of course I wanted to continue to run. I found that Chi Running was the simplest Technique to learn over all, but also agree it does take time to learn and Practice it inorder to become a Master at it. But as I read the book and watched the DVD’s, I did find that I can borrow and use some of the techniques, such as the Body Loosening that has really helped relax my body as a pre-Run ritual.  And do the Basics from the posture, stance, foot pickup and swing back and using my arms as I count my Cadence to name a few to get me started on the Road to a complete Injury Recovery. Yes,  after 10 months of incorporating Chi Running I have seen results in feeling good about my Running especially no pain or soreness after my Runs. I think that it’s a Blessing to be able to Run again, to enjoy getting out there and just having Fun.

Any tips on getting out there and doing it.  Need some help getting my running shoes back on.  Chi Running 5 months.  Mat

I was laid off from running for over a year utill I completed the one day course.  Chi running actually cured my ankle problem.  I think it was just the fact I was walking more mindful of correct posture and foot position.  I’ve been just ecstatic about it since and have been spreading the word but recently I’ve actually strained my “chi” muscle.  The one activated to level the pelvis.  I have a burning sensation when lying down and sitting up and can feel it when I do a crunch.  Have you ever heard of this Danny?  Am I putting too much into it?  My doc says to take it easy.

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