Chi Running Explained...
Chi Running is a training technique for running which emphasises energy efficiency and injury prevention. It is a natural, minimal, relaxed approach to running that emphasises the mind body link. It develops use of the core muscles and shifts emphasis away from the lower legs. Many people experience a revolution in their running when they adopt the Chi Running method. Chi Running was developed by Danny Dreyer, ultra marathon runner, who combined key principles from Tai Chi with the sport of running. Hence the word 'Chi!' Interested in making your runner easier and reducing your risk of injury? Whether your aim is to begin running for the first time, transition to a more natural running style, or compete in a race of any distance, come and explore how Chi Running can help you.
What's Coming Up?
I teach Chi Running and Walking Across Northern England and Wales. Come and develop your running style / form with me. I'm a qualified teacher, and specialist in helping people learn natural, minimal running techniques.
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Mountain Navigation and Mountain Skills for runners and walkers
I have over 20 years experience sharing the outdoors with others, and exploring mountain environments in the UK and Europe. Let me help you develop your mountain navigation skills to give you the confidence you need. Click here for more info.
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My London Marathon advice and tips
I absolutely loved the whole experience of training for and running the London Marathon.
I normally run and compete on hilly trails and fells, so this was a bit of a departure. I found myself really enjoying my training sessions because running on the flat is so easy compared with running off road and on hills. From a Chi Running perspective, doing most of my running on the flat meant I could really get a strong sense of running from my centre, and allowing my running to feel like a controlled fall. Getting lean right and using that to create and control speed became much easier during these sessions. This lovely feeling of floating along is what Chi Running is all about and it brought back the reality to me that Chi Running is best practised at a slow pace on the flat. This really helps bring out the joy and effortless of the technique.
London Marathon and Marathon Running tips
The following are my own points to myself for next time. I hope they help you too. They are very much a collection of things I've read and conversations with people, so it's nothing too new really. Advice to myself for next time...
Before the event
Race specific training. I very much believe in training on routes that are as similar as possible to the race you are doing. Therefore I got serious about long flag runs - hard to find in Yorkshire. If I'm doing a 5 mile steep race that starts up a hill, make sure I train on the course or on a similar route, so the same principle applies whether it's a matathon, a night race or whatever.Read more ...