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Improve Your Running 10 Ways with One Simple Focus

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed May 13th, 2015, 9 comments

Improve Your Running 10 Ways with One Simple Focus

I admit it. I'm an efficiency nut. I'm always trying to come up with simple acts I can do that will create the biggest results. Here's one that came to me last week while teaching a group of ChiRunning Instructor candidates. It's so simple it's crazy. But, the number of things it accomplishes is remarkable.

"Lift at the crown of your head"
There is probably no ChiRunning focus I mention more than this. And, it's one of the first focuses every ChiRunner learns.

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Racing Against Father Time

Posted by Larry Neumann on Thu Apr 23rd, 2015, 7 comments

Racing Against Father Time

I’ve always been a runner. In my 20s and 30s, I was what I later came to learn was a “power runner”, running 3 miles a few times a week, usually as fast as I could. I had plenty of injuries back then and still have the oversized calves to show for it! In 2000, I met Danny and took a 1 hour lesson – just the basics: posture, lean and leg lift.

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Running Shouldn’t be Taxing

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Tue Apr 14th, 2015, 2 comments

Running Shouldn’t be Taxing

I've always loved using ChiRunning and ChiWalking as metaphors for Life. So, since it's TAX WEEK I want to play with the financial metaphors that these two practices bring up.

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Running Into The Moment

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Apr 1st, 2015, 5 comments

Running Into The Moment

While driving from Asheville, NC down to Hilton Head, SC a couple of weeks ago I was dumbstruck by a billboard covered with a Rebel flag. Emblazoned across it in a huge swirly font were the words, "Never Forget." Those words struck my heart like a dagger filled with sadness, and I thought to myself, "Wow, someone out there is still carrying a grudge held by their ancestors more than 150 years ago."

This, of course, brought up the question, "Where in my life am I slow to change?" and "Where do I hold onto ways of thinking that no longer serve, either me or the greater good?"

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Become a Black Belt…. In Running

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Wed Mar 18th, 2015, 5 comments

Become a Black Belt…. In Running

There is a good reason why the protagonist of many action-adventure movies are superb martial artists. When it comes to hand-to-hand engagement, no one can compete against those who are schooled in these ancient, powerful, lightning-fast movements.

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The Upside of Pain

Posted by Katherine Dreyer on Thu Mar 5th, 2015, 4 comments

None of us really want to feel pain when we walk or run. There are times when you might enjoy a satisfying burn during a workout, and perhaps a bit of an ache the next day. But pain that limits your ability to focus or enjoy life, can be scary. “What  if this doesn’t change?” “Do I need to see a doctor?” The fear makes us avoid pain, often at great cost.

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ChiRunning: Performance For Everyone

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Jan 28th, 2015, 5 comments

I've been thinking a lot about performance lately and I've come to believe that, as a culture, we've drifted away from its original meaning. I hear the media mostly associating the word associated with the image of elite runners, high-level athletes, and people being noticed for exceptional effort. The word faster is always in there as well. Performance has morphed into a word that implies some amount of comparison. It's no wonder we all end up with varying degrees of "performance anxiety." What I'd like to offer is a more friendly definition so that performance doesn't bring up thoughts, feelings or fears of comparison.

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How Does Sitting Affect Your Running?

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Sun Jan 25th, 2015, 2 comments

We all sit too much. We sit all day at work, at the movies, at meals, driving the car… there is never a shortage of opportunities to sit. As a result, we're becoming increasingly unfit because of this sedentary aspect of our lifestyle.

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6 Body Alignment Tips for Efficient Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Mon Jan 12th, 2015, 7 comments

If you're a runner trying to run economically, your biggest concern should be using the least amount of muscle to move you forward...

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Soft Power: The Tao of Running

Posted by Danny Dreyer on Wed Dec 3rd, 2014, 10 comments

Soft Power is a skill. It's the ability to respond to any given set of circumstances in a way that creates the simplest, the most economical, and yet ironically, the most productive outcome. It is the ability to body sense, intuitively understand and respond naturally and appropriately to any situation with which you are presented. This is one of the underlying principles upon which T'ai Chi is based; it's a principle born out of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism.

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