ChiRunning and ChiWalking are expanding and growing all over the world. Two of the first countries to truly adopt the ChiTechniques were Netherlands and Belgium. This is due in part to the efforts Marion Meesters and Ans Oudejaans, who are our Regional Directors of these countries. And, we believe the early success is also due to the open minded, inquisitive nature of the Dutch and Belgian people.
How many times have you gone out for a run and felt like your legs were made of concrete, or worse? Well, let me clue you in on a little secret. They might not feel so bad from something you did as from something that you didn't do. Many people don't realize that it's important to treat your legs well during the time between runs in order to optimize the enjoyment of your workouts.
At ChiRunning, we follow a simple mantra: focus your mind, strengthen your core, run like the wind. This is more than just a way to run our best; it is a way of life. And, it should be the entire focus of race day logistics.
Ensure that your running is healthy, proper and free of injury with these essential stretches. We even laid them out pre and post run, so you can make sure you have a stress free (and injury free) run!
In our books we write about the Chi Skills: Focusing the Mind, Body Sensing, Breathing, Relaxing, Non-identification. Which one is most important? It depends, of course, of what you most need, but we think it is Non-identification – learning to observe yourself, (and the world around you for that matter) without judgement, without bias, and with a great deal of kindness and compassion.
I've been training a bit more this spring; a few days of running, as well as cycling, and some circuit training work on the trails. Not to mention plenty of gardening and working in the yard! All of this movement has made me remember what the pain-free Chi Running and Chi Walking techniques have taught me about how to move my body. Read more...