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Jon Burdon, Chi Running and Chi Walking instructor based in England and Wales

Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

This book is absolutely fascinating. I love the stories Doughall unearths in this book as he rubs shoulders with some of the world's ultra running elite. The underlying theme in the book is 'Why do runners get injured and is that really inevitable?' Whilst this theme is explored, the reader is drawn in to a compelling story set in the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico. Along the way, descriptions of some of the toughest running events in the world are described such as the Leadville 100. The accounts of the mental attitudes of the Tarahumara tribe towards running are truly amazing and something which all runners should. They are guaranteed to change the way you think about distance and endurance.

The book also takes us right back to our ancestors to

I just created this video play list which makes a nice introduction to Chi Running. Take a look (Use the controls at the bottom to flick between the 4 videos):



My personal favourite one is the final video. I love how Danny explains how Chi Running is about cooperating with the laws of gravity. Who can argue with that?

I may not be the best person to answer this, but here is my take on it. Each of these points all need expanding on, but having read around the subject and enjoyed a coaching day with the excellent Nick Constantine, I would say they form the framework of the technique.

  • Uses good posture and varying degrees of lean as part of it's technique
  • Uses gravity as your power source, not muscle strength / power
  • Uses mindfulness

I have always been very active in the outdoors, and often run on a regular basis. However there have only been two periods of time when I upped the demand on my body and did a lot more regular weekly running. The first such time was when I was at University in Ambleside. I started doing early morning training runs. Here is an example of what I used to do. It was nothing too strenuous really, just one or two 1 hour runs a week. After a few weeks this caused knee pain consistently in my patella tendons. Being younger and also occupied with other outdoor activities I stopped running. Such a shame! I lived in the Lake District for 5 years, and never really experienced the joy of running through the mountains.

Then, after a long break (It's now 2010) with only occasional running I started to train at a faster pace

Hi folks.

Well I’ve decided to move towards being a Chi Running instructor. For some time I’ve wanted to be more creative with the way I spend my time and earn my money, so I thought it would be good to mix things up a bit and this is what I came up with. The whole idea of this blog is that is describes my philosophy, my background thinking and my journey as a runner.

Who knows? One day this site might be sitting alongside my own Chi Running / Walking and Outdoor Journeys business.

Where to find me


I live in the Holme Valley, near Huddersfield and on the very northern edge of the Peak District National Park. Workshops are in venues easily accessible from:

Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wakefield, Barnsley, Cumbria, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Wales.


Mountain Training
I am a qualified Mountain Leader, registered with the Mountain Training Association.

Photos of the Holme Valley Landscape are by Andy Leader of Made in Holmfirth

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