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ChiRunning by Danny Dreyer
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Feb 27, 11

bookshelves: 52-in-2011
Read in February, 2011

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 Dreyer’s love and joy come through in the words. He teaches form in a very easy to understand way, provides a tool kit for self-analysis and ways to correct injury producing form errors. He provides ways to access recurrent injuries. Being taught how to release and relax muscles while running and how to use human body mechanics to run with the most efficiency and comfort is invaluable knowledge for any beginning or seasoned runner.
Learning about cadence, beats per minute, and breath pacing and their impact on running are vocabulary and understanding that all runner should have. Dreyer’s ideas should be read by all high school track coaches so that shin splits, side stitches and knee injuries are minimized, but more importantly that people who hate running could find a lifelong love ability to do something that should come so easily to all people.
Some sections can feel a little repetitive, but the information shared is worth any wordiness – especially since some of the body sense and mechanic information will help in areas far more reaching than just running.

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message 1: by Kristen (new)

Kristen I read this a few years ago and am reading it again! Really great huh? You know they offer chi running lessons in Chicago?

Elizabeth Really? Where?

message 3: by Kristen (new)

Kristen http://www.chirunning.com/learn-it/fi...

If you do it let me know how it goes I'll be so jealous!

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