An amazing resource for all things related to ChiRunning is www.chirunning.com. It includes (amongst many other things) a well managed bulletin board for questions about ChiRunning and lots of useful articles about injury prevention, use of metronomes, hill running techniques etc
ChiRunning Books easily available from UK book stores
Chi Marathon: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half Marathon and Marathon (2012) by Danny and Katherine Dreyer.
This is Danny’s most recent book and contains newer ideas especially about posture. Even if you have no plans to run a half or full marathon it is well worth a read.
ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running (2009) by Danny and Katherine Dreyer.
ChiRunning DVDs Available from ChiRunning in the US
Hills & Trails DVD: Hills Made Easy and Trail Running.
Chi Walk-Run DVD and 5K training program. Like the Chi Marathon book this contains Danny’s newer ideas especially about posture.
ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running (2009).
ChiRunning Training Programs Available from ChiRunning in the US
5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon training programs.
Online ChiRunning Training Programs Available from ChiRunning
Including beginner and intermediate programmes for 5k, 10k, half and full marathon
These are more than just mileage guides:
· Learn the Chi Techniques with daily workouts
· Watch video lessons
· Report and log your workouts
· Get Chi solutions to physical issues
Books on learning new techniques:
The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey (1974).
Whilst this book has tennis as its focus, achieving a state of relaxed concentration and learning to notice rather than judge what we are doing are just some of the ideas that are transferable to learning ChiRunning
More Balls Than Hands: Juggling your way to success by learning to love your mistakes by Michael Gelb (2003)
Again, this book’s focus is not running but in it Michael Gelb describes the ‘Accelerated Learning Spiral’ explaining that ‘Your full capacity for learning blossoms when you have the following ingredients :
- A vivid visualisation of success based on a model of excellence (see example on FAQ page)
- Accurate feedback on your performance’ (p. 17)
This can usefully be applied to learning ChiRunning
Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery by Eric Franklin (1996)
The focus of this book is dance. Its usefulness lays in its explanation of learning how to use imagery to affect body movement.
Additional Websites and Books
For anyone who has not already discovered this site, it provides a useful means of measuring running, cycling and walking routes. It also provides training logs, altitude and elevation measuring and the ability to share routes.
This is a list of UK Athletics Clubs. Most clubs cater for all levels of fitness and joining one is a great way to meet friends and stay motivated.
An excellent website based on the work of Frank Forencich author of ‘Exuberant Animal: The Power of Health, Play and Joyful Movement’ (2006) and ‘Change Your Body, Change the World: Reflections on Health and the Human Predicament’ (2010)
Pure Inspiration especially for distance runners:
Why We Run by Bernd Heinrich (2001)
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (2009)
Survival of the Fittest by Mike Stroud (2004)
Just A Little Run Around The World by Rosie Swale Pope (2009)