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ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running

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A groundbreaking program that teaches you how to run faster and farther with less effort, and prevent and heal injuries, for runners of any age or fitness level.

In ChiRunning, Danny and Katherine Dreyer, well-known walking and running coaches, provide powerful insight that transforms running from a high-injury sport to a body-friendly, injury-free fitness phenomenon. ChiRu
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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published (first published 2004)
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trivialchemy
I'm reading this as a counterpoint to Dr. Nicholas Romanov's Pose Method of Running.

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Imagine that you have invented a device which has two functions:

1. It selectively weakens one part of the human anatomy.
2. Whatever part that the device weakens, it also allows to function in its weakened state.

For example, this might be a sort of earpiece that gradually causes you to go deaf; however, so long as you continue to wear the earpiece, you maintain your faculties of hearing.

Obviously, no one would
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Robin Ripley
I have always said I am not a natural runner--although I still try to run. But in just two weeks I feel like I may actually be able to run long distances someday.

Two mistakes I was making I was able to correct right away--breathing properly (longer counts using my nose and not my mouth) and shortening my pace. I will continue to experiment with the "lean." It seems a little strange to me, but I will say that this morning's run seemed a bit of a breakthrough in that regard. I think I may get it
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Jennifer (Baker) McMillin
I hate to give this book such a bad rating because I think Dreyer is on to something here with injury prevention and running technique tips. BUT...I just can't get over the constant sales pitch and bad scientific method. Also the book is very repetitive and I could do without the first couple chapters. Overall, good info...bad storyteller.
Saraelizabeth
I got this book because I had hit a 3 mile wall with running. I would be out of breath and in pain at that point. Now I know I was using my muscles inefficiently, taking too big of strides, and had bad form. Ha ha.
This book has helped me a lot so far. I see it taking years to really implement everything. I do feel a greater ability to run farther and with less pain already. I like how Dreyer suggests running to "practice running" for the sake of being a better runner rather than to get fit, or
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Rachel Smalter Hall
As someone who started running moderately almost five years ago, I've been hungry for inspiration to take my training to the next level. Although I'm not that interested in running competitively or ultra-long distances, I'd been frustrated that my regular 5 - 10K runs still felt a little sluggish after all this time. I had a hunch that my self-taught form could could use a mega overhaul!

As I sought out titles on running--Bob Glover's The Runner's Handbook, Claire Kowalchik's The Complete Book of
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Glenn Burnside
One of the people on my team at work loaned this to me because she knew I was trying to get back to running, and was struggling with a lot of tightness and soreness after my workouts. There's some good advice in this book, but it's interspersed with a LOT of success stories and bad scientific method. What I want from a guide like this is:
1)Why I'm telling you this stuff
2)What are the components to my program
3) Here is the program.

I think most of this book could have been boiled down to about 4 b
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John
The book itself is good not great. However, the impact it has on my running is nothing short of a miracle. I consider myself an amateur runner. At 39, I thought it was time to fulfill my bucket list item; run a marathon. I was under-trained when I ran a half marathon in May 2012. I ended up injuring myself and suffered IT Band syndrome throughout the summer. During that time I read Born To Run and was intrigued to learn more about minimal or barefoot running style. That journey led me to Chi Run ...more
Lauren
Despite many shortcomings (including a ridiculous name), the information on running form and technique make it something special. I’ve been toying around with some of the suggestions for three weeks now, and I’ll fully admit the Dreyers hit on something important with this method. As a minimalist running convert, I’d even go so far as to say this book provided me with the missing piece I’ve needed to fully hit my stride. So two thumbs way up for the information, which I think would benefit the v ...more
Bryan
A very informative book, one which you shouldn't just read from cover to cover and think "Wow, what awesome insights!" and then leave it in a bookshelf to collect dust. There is so much shared wisdom in here, so much to be learned and ingrained, that I feel it would do the novice or seasoned runner well to refer back to it once in a while.

In his friendly and conversant style, Danny Dreyer passes on sage advice to get the runner on track (no pun intended--although it might have a funny ring to it
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Lauren
I will definitely be re-reading this one. In fact, in the first chapter (or maybe the introduction?) he advises the reader to read it all the way through first, then go back and consult it for instruction on applying the technique, the form focuses, and all of the other principles of ChiRunning. I like the method for its troubleshooting-type approach: right technique is a process, not an achievement, so whenever something isn't working, or whenever an injury or a problem surfaces, consult your f ...more
Paul
This book presents a unique running philosophy with the purpose of conserving energy or "chi". The main points are to keep your body in column, lean forward from your ankles like a ski jumper, and to lift your feet and move them and your arms in a forward, circular "Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner" style. There is also some information on pacing and breathing. I've tried some of the techniques and have not felt comfortable with them, yet. There are several keys to remember and focus on during a run. ...more
Chris
Have to come back to this one -- it was much more technical than I expected, so having it for a week from the library meant I could actually put it into real practice. I'm trying some of the techniques out (the lean, midfoot-striking), especially because I'm interested in bare-foot running and am trying to get more milage in on my Vibram Bilkas. I like what I tried, but would probably have to buy a copy to get any deeper.
Kipahni
"Make your work day a moving meditation"- a quote from the book.
This book has some amazing tips on how to run the most effective and enjoyable way. Since implementing the chi form of running I have been able to run longer distance and add more endurance. The only down side is that I wished it came with a DVD so that one could see the form in action.
Elizabeth
I have always avoided running, but have wanted to figure out how I could 'run and not be weary'. When I realized that I was holding my breath it was like a light bulb went on "hey, maybe I can run!" I don't run far or fast, but I feel that because of the tips in this book I am learning to run and enjoy the experience.
Rebecca Rose
Love this book! I feel like it gave me a lot of good advice on how to turn running into something I "practice" and has really helped me come to love running. That is something I NEVER thought would happen. The only downside is I'm going to have to read the book 1000 times to get everything out of it.
Ben Wenzel
This book is a combination of eastern philosophy with biomechanics. All I can say is that this book has allowed me to be a 275lb man running nearly every day pain-free. I'm a fan of chi running.
Amber
I'm not sure I could recommend this as a fun, easy read. It was a bit like reading a sales pitch at first and when I'd read it at night I'd fall right to sleep! But the tips are fantastic. In the past few weeks I've started incorporating one focus at a time; the mid-foot landing, the lean, picking up my feet, pushing back my elbows.

Just one month ago I was running 12 minute miles, winded, and one of my knees was starting to hurt. Today I can run 10 minute miles without any undue pressure on my
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Jules
I'd like to give this book two stars for the writing, five stars for the technique itself, so I'm going to compromise on four.

Danny Dreyer is definitely on to something with his emphasis on form over externally imposed speed goals, and it's so refreshing to read a book that acknowledges running is something you can do because it's fun, not something you do to prove something or win something or self-flagellation to lose weight. And I found it very helpful that instead of just giving pointers on
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Evanston Public  Library
About two years ago, I read a book called ChiRunning by Danny Dreyer. Before I read the book, like a lot of people, I assumed that if I didn’t look like I was working, then I wasn’t running correctly. With my face squished into a determined grimace, and my body tense, I ran hard for thirty minutes on the treadmill. Bouncing up and down, I pounded up my imaginary mountain four mornings a week. Within two weeks of doing this, my ankles hurt, I had shin splints, and I was discouraged. I took a brea ...more
Elizabeth
ChiRunning by Danny Dreyer (pp. 256)
Hands down this may be one of the most useful books I’ve ever read. I’m not the best runner. I want to be a better runner. I’ve read a lot of content on running, but this was by far the most informative and instantly impactful to my comfort while running.
The book defines it’s style of running as Chi Running using principles of Tai Chi versus the more commonly written about and taught ‘power running’. Describing running it can be daunting and boring, but Dreye
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Joel
Explains how as adults we have lost our way on how to run....the idea he says is to run like a child. This is actually the way the kenyans run for the most part, so he can't be too far off!
So the premis of the book is this...to run properly without injury you need to lean forward while keeping you posture straight, as you lean forward gravity will cause you to be pulled forward, then you simply lift your feet with the tendons/ligaments in the top of legs where your hips connect to the legs, and
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D2MillerGR
Probably a book that everyone who decides to take up fitness running should read. Why just three stars? Because two chapters are about Chi Running and the rest are about making Chi Running thick enough to hold its own on the bookstore shelf. I guess that's not uncommon for books on sport technique. "Chi Running" does for running what Terry Laughlin's "Total Immersion" does for swimming which is to teach a balanced and hopefully injury free approach that doesn't rely on strength alone. In both sw ...more
Edward
Very interesting book. I have seen a wide variety of different running "systems" over the years and most of them have at least some value. Chi running is probably the best overall one I have seen. If you follow the exercises and drills and training faithfully, you will probably both improve your running and get injured less. he's absolutely onto some very good concepts, and the way he lays things out is easy to follow. I am using a lot of his concepts in my own running now.

That said, do not take
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Alexandra Chauran
ChiRunning is a chunky instruction manual for running form based loosely off of martial arts. Unlike Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, this book won't be any fun at all to read if you are not a runner, because it's basically an activity book. As a beginning runner with a background in martial arts and dance, I was easily able to understand and adopt the techniques depicted, though I would recommend doing the DVD instead if you're one of t ...more
Sarah Delacueva
Effortless, injury free running sounds almost too good to be true, but being a fan of both running and mindfulness, I thought this book was worth a try. Last year I completed my first half marathon, and while training for that, I started having leg tightness and knee pain that would start six or seven miles into my runs. Since the half, I haven't run more than a few miles at a time. I want to run moderate distances again, but it would be great to do it without the pain.

I have read the entire bo
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Malin Friess
I'm not really sure what "Chi" actually is...something to do with getting the right conditions (posture) such that energy can flow from your spine througout your whole body. Maybe its a mix of Namaste Yoga, Pilates and Tai-Chi? But if this book could help me or you learn to run effortlessly and injury free I was interested.

Danny Dreyer (a self professed walking and running coach) claims that after accepting his methods of Chi-running the following happens..injuries decrease, times improve, perc
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John
I kind-of bought this book by accident (one-click when I meant to add to a wish-list, lol). But, since I bought it, I read it.

I have always struggled with shin splits when I run, and a few years ago, started taking shorter steps, and trying to land in a mid-sole area. This helped with the shin splits, but was VERY difficult to do, and I could never get beyond 4 miles or so before becoming exhausted.

The concepts taught in this book have made the difference. I find my pace to be consistently fas
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Taueret
This book is so packed with technical information on how to run- not just inspirational "anyone can run" stuff, but step by step (see what I did there) instruction on form. Maybe I should write that with a capital like this: Form. The older and frailer I get,and the more my joints remind me daily of adventures with poor form in other endeavors, the more I appreciate anything that keeps my knees going, my hips hipping.

I am a visual learner, and would certainly benefit from watching the dvd that e
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Susan
Aug 21, 2008 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who want to or does run
Recommended to Susan by: Dad
It's a good thing this came recommended by someone I trust, or I would've stopped reading it after the first few chapters. The author really bothered me with his constant stating of how revolutionary chirunning was, and how every other method out there goes on the no pain, no gain philosophy. I had read quite a few running books prior to this and even my 1984 running book didn't say no pain no gain!

So, after I got done being annoyed by him he started getting into the method and exercises and pra
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