Running Form Rooted In Principles

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When I first picked up a ChiRunning Book in the fall of 2005; I was injured, frustrated and confused. It quickly became very clear that there was much to learn from this running resource.

On the surface, ChiRunning (“chee-running”, chi running) provides an awareness of running technique options to improve efficiency and prevent injury.  Underneath, ChiRunning in rooted in simple principles that can dramatically change your running experience. The principles are based on thousands of years of study – on biomechanics/physiology, physics and nature.

The first three chapters of the ChiRunning Book are all about these simple principles.  It is not until Chapter Four that the elements of the running form are presented.  Looking back, the first three chapters were critical to my understanding and all the incremental, consistent progress that has followed.  I am grateful that patience allowed the process of learning to unfold as it did.

[The same is true for the ChiWalking Book with the first three chapters all about principles and Chapter Four begins the technique.]

Recently the following quote came across my desk.  I think it sums it up quite nicely.

The principle without the technique is useless, the technique without the principle is dangerous.
— George Ohsawa

When sharing the ChiRunning technique, I am sure to introduce the principles and benefits first and then specific elements of the running form second. If you think about it, deciding to do something without considering why does not make much sense. The suggestion is to fully consider ‘why’ so it can guide the ‘how’. The ChiRunning technique supports changes in habit to improve the quality of your running experience.  Sometimes our existing habits just happen slowly over time; as if we fall into them with subtle life influences.

Which leads me to another great quote: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” which is attributed to many on the internet. Consider that when you do stand firmly for something important, it is almost always based on a principle by which you live.

So, happy reading and consider patience with the ‘why’ in the first few chapters; and return to them often. If you do, you can move forward with a clear understanding of simple principles of nature that apply to us all.

Please share your thoughts and any questions in a comment below.

David Stretanski
ChiRunning®/ChiWalking® Certified Instructor
NJ/Northeast USA


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