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Monday, June 4, 2012

Chi Marathon Book Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of Chi Running and Chi Walking (HERE)?!?!?

The pain-free Chi Running technique blends the powerful movement principles from T'ai Chi with running to create a revolutionary approach to effortless and injury-free running.  The cornerstones of Chi Running are postural alignment and relaxation because the combination of the two is the best way to run faster, farther and injury-free. The Chi Running technique includes: landing with a midfoot strike, using a "gravity-assisted" forward lean and engaging core strength for propulsion rather than leg strength. This approach makes your running easier and healthier for your whole body.  The Chi Running technique shares many components with the Kenyans and East Africans who are some of the most relaxed and efficient runners in the world and who have dominated the long distance racing scene for decades. Chi Running teaches this technique to all levels of runners through an easy and enjoyable, step-by-step system.

Danny Dreyer, an esteemed running coach, is a former nationally ranked ultramarathon runner. He conducts workshops worldwide and lectures frequently at races and events. He is the coauthor, with Katherine Dreyer, of ChiRunning and ChiWalking.  Katherine Dreyer has more than thirty years of experience in the health, personal growth, and fitness fields. She partners with Danny to coordinate the international ChiRunning, ChiWalking, and ChiLiving programs.


The developers of Chi Running, their books and program have now authored another book, Chi Marathon (HERE).






CHI MARATHON: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half-Marathon and Marathon 2as released in march 2012 by Danny and Katherine Dreyer - the bestselling authors of ChiWalking and ChiRunning – is the book that distance runners have been waiting for!



Injury among distance runners has risen to a staggering 80-90%. Most marathon books and training programs focus primarily on building stamina, but they often don’t address how running all those miles may be seriously harming your body. CHI MARATHON debunks the myth that marathons require pushing through and beyond pain and presents a technique-based plan for pain-and-injury-free high performance HALF and FULL marathons.


This books takes a whole-body approach to long-distance running—much like T’ai Chi—making ease and efficiency of movement the prime goal of one’s training. Chi Marathon also shows how to improve your performance by developing your own race-specific training plan tailored to your event, and will help you cross the finish line feeling strong no matter your age, body type, or running ability.


• Run a marathon or half marathon free of pain and injury

• Transform your racing with the training triad: form, conditioning, and mastery

• Tap into your chi, an energy source more powerful and enduring than muscles

• Teach your mind and body to work together as a team and master your event




Skimming the pages of this book, also encouraged me to visit the Chi Running website and learn more about the Chi Running techniques for all distances.  Even though this book is geared towards long-distance runners, I am looking forward to applying some of the techniques and advice to my Couch to 5K clients.  Several participants have entered the program with absolutely no running experience and have found themselves having a lot of knee and shin pain, which have prevented them from enjoying the program 100% and in worst cases from continuing the program.  A lot of the ideas in this book can be applied to runners of all levels.  It helped me rethink my running form and reminded me how in tune my mind and body have to be, to be successful with a training program. 


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One lucky winner will win a copy of
Chi Marathon



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1 – Become a follower of my blog or already are?!  LEAVE ME A COMMENT





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Enter now though Wednesday, June 13.



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100 comments:

  1. I think chi running is fabuloi=us

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  2. And I follow you on facebook!

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  3. I'm a blog follower and would love to win.

    Amy Lauren
    proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I have a marathon this fall and I would love to learn how to run pain and injury free---that is fabulous!

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  5. And, I like you on facebook.

    Amy Lauren
    proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I think running injury free is fabulous!

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  7. gfc eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

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  8. I love the idea of staying injury free. If that is true, I seriously need this book!

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  9. I am a fan of yours on Facebook :)

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  10. I visited their site and I would like to learn more about the training triad!

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  11. I fanned them on FB and said RDM sent me!

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  12. I posted it on Yo Momma's Facebook!

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  13. I posted the giveaway on the sidebar of my blog.

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  14. I'm an RDM follower!

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  15. Liked RDM on FB! (alias... Clare Martin)

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  16. Visited the S&S Page - love the thought that I could ever run a marathon! Just started Chi Running a month ago after being told I could never run again (broke my legs & hips in a car accident). Did my first 10k two weeks ago!!!!!

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  17. Liked Chi Running on FB! (alias Clare Martin)

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  18. RT'd the contest on twitter! (username sidgey)

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  19. I think running any race with the chi method would be fabulous

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  20. I like CHi running on fb and let them know you sent me

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  21. shared on giveaway on my fb page

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  22. put on the sidebar of my blog

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  23. Following Chi Running on FB!

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  24. Tweeted about this giveaway!

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  25. Shared this giveaway on FB!

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  27. Blogged about the giveaway on Running of the Mouse! http://running-of-the-mouse.blogspot.com

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  28. The timing is great for this! I've been looking at using a combination of Chi Running and either Galloway/Higdon for my training for my first full in January. While I do fine with my current style in the halves (15 so far this year) I do have issues with my hips and knees and I'm hoping that Chi running will help alleviate some of that. I actually just watched the DVD a couple of times last week and hope to try to put some of that info to use during my upcoming half on Sunday! :)

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  29. Just tweeted about the giveaway!

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  30. Shared your giveaway on FB

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  31. I went to their site. What I like is they suggest you can run a marathon pain free. I'll take that please! Ha

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  32. I liked their page and told them you sent me.

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  33. I just tweeted about your giveaway on @detroitrunner1

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  34. I follow you on Facebook'

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  35. I love that they teach you to listen to your body so you and your body will love you during marathon training! I'm training for my first full this fall and will need all the help I can get to make sure I stay injury free!

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  36. Already follow your blog!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  37. I'm a fan of your facebook page!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  38. I liked Chi's facebook page!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  39. I would love to read the new Chi marathon book as I'm gearing up for my first half marathon!

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  40. Would love the Chi running book for my first half this year. I love the aspect of listening to your body.

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  41. I just think ChiRunning is fabulous.... I have done two half day workshops and I think that it has greatly helped my running.

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  42. Already like ChiRunning on Facebook but I told them you sent me anyway...

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  43. Following your blog. Thanks!

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  44. Following the blogging of RDM

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  45. Liked them on FB and said RDM sent me!

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  46. Chi running - seems like a topic I need to learn more about. My body consistently tells me
    Not to run.

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  47. And I follow you on FB. :-)

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  48. I already follow Chi Running on FB. I need to follow the principles more closely, for sure.

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  49. I think Runnkng a marathon or half marathon free of pain and injury would be fabulous

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  50. Followed Chi Mara on FB, too!

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  51. I just ran my first mara a couple weeks ago. It went well...but i totally NEED some CHI to hel me get my mind and body to work together as a team and master my event! that sounds like a game plan. :-)

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