Running with chi*

15 Feb

Distance running, for me and many other endurance masochists, ahem athletes, is a great form of stress release and exercise. After all, going for glory requires a lot of energy, time, and can lead to stress.  The therapeutic and relaxing properties of a run often result in what many call the “runners high.”  Some skeptics argue that distance running is bad for the body and rough on the joints and knees.  Well, the jury is still out on whether or not the long-term effects do in fact create problems for the body (when performed correctly with, forefoot strike instead of heel striking, Harvard studies have shown that it can be safe and has been for thousands of years).  Even if it’s unclear of the impact on the joints and body, I posit that cardiovascular problems from inactivity far outweigh orthopedic problems related to exercise. Put another way, cardiovascular problems often result in death, while orthopedic problems often result in pain or surgery.   I don’t know about you but I’ll take pain over death any day.

Running, just like any sport, requires form and concentration.  The single best resource that I’ve been able to find on safe and effective technique has been from Chi Running.

Their message:

“Running does not cause injury  —  running incorrectly does.  When you run mindfully and with good technique, you can safely run for the rest of your life.”

If you do run, I highly recommend you look into these amazing techniques taught by Danny Dreyer, founder of Chi Running and author of the book by the same name.

From my own experience, I can run further than ever before, with less effort than ever before.

I’d love to hear about any techniques that people implement in regards to running injury free.  What do you think, can you run forever without compiling a plethora of injuries?

Always going for glory!



*This post is a follow-up to my last post on supplementation and running as I am competing in the Austin marathon this week.

8 Responses to “Running with chi*”

  1. danielalbertweiss February 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    More and more research as well as what is being taught in university curriculums are supporting forefoot running. You may benefit from checking out “pose” running if you are looking for other healthy running techniques.

    Running should not be a debilitating or injurious endeavor if done correctly with the right amount of rest and training cycles…it is very possible to run forever (as long as you don’t mean continuously, ha) without contracting a plethora of injuries!

    …keep on running!

    • hellbententrepreneur March 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

      Pose running is awesome! Sorry for the belated reply but thanks for sharing with the readers.

      Run long and run strong!

  2. David Stretanski February 17, 2011 at 8:55 am #


    Here is a intro video I thought you might like:
    – ChiRunning Simplified!, Efficient and Injury Free Natural Running Technique


    • hellbententrepreneur February 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm #


      Thanks for sending this great video resource and keep on running with chi!


  3. Cr February 19, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I have a hilly park nearby. I run up the hill and recover by walking to the next incline. The foot is forced to land on the forefoot and the cardio is amazing. Because I am running up, I don’t put much stress on my knees. This routine is a huge reason why I will be able to do it forever.

    • hellbententrepreneur March 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm #


      Hill running is a seriously tough fitness routine that yields tremendous results. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Robinson March 17, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    Just remember though, when changing running styles – you will use muscles differently which can lead to some uncomfortableness (or all out pain if you continue to ignore it).

    I switched from a standard running style that we all know and love (heel striking) to a midfoot-fore foot running style and have over done it (that masochistic runner part you mentioned). If done properly and slowly when adapting a new style, the pain can be avoided.


    • hellbententrepreneur March 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm #


      These are great thoughts and definitely something for readers to think about. I agree that you should ease in to new techniques in order for the body to fully adjust.

      Run long & run strong!

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