In Chi Marathon , Danny Dreyer, creator of the revolutionary ChiRunning program, highly respected running coach, and accomplished distance runner, takes a whole-body approach to long-distance running--much like T'ai Chi--making ease and efficiency of movement the prime goal of one's training. Read more...
In Chi Marathon, Danny Dreyer, creator of the revolutionary ChiRunning program, highly respected running coach, and accomplished distance runner, takes a whole-body approach to long-distance running--much like T'ai Chi--making ease and efficiency of movement the prime goal of one's training. Chi Marathon is the first book to focus not on building stamina first (though that is covered here) but on how to run all those miles without harming your body. A staggering 80 to 90 percent of marathoners face injuries during their training. This book debunks the myth that marathoners need to push through and beyond pain, and presents a technique-based plan for pain- and injury-free, high-performance half and full marathons. Chi Marathon also shows how to improve your performance by developing your own race-specific training plan tailored to your event, and will help you cross the finish line feeling strong no matter your age, body type, or running ability.
-Run a marathon or half marathon free of pain and injury
-Transform your racing with the training triad: form, conditioning, and mastery
-Tap into your chi, an energy source more powerful and enduring than muscles
-Teach your mind and body to work together as a team and master your event
This is the book that distance runners have been waiting for. With Chi Marathon you can enjoy the run and feel confident no matter the distance.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-02-27
- Reviewer: Staff
After their bestselling ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running, the husband-and-wife Dreyers explain how to adopt a whole-body approach (based on the principles of T'ai Chi) to distance running. Even though the number of participants in marathons and half-marathons is increasing each year, statistics show the injury rate among marathoners can reach a staggering 90%, indicating many are engaged in improper and unsafe training. The Dreyers encourage readers to focus on ease and efficiency of movement as primary training goals, while discrediting the commonly held notion that marathons are all about endurance. The authors quickly differentiate "pain-free running" from "productive discomfort," and lay out a detailed, seven-phase self-paced training plan that includes visioning and planning, technique, conditioning, event mastery, and rest and renewal. By adhering to "Form Focuses" (defined as "job descriptions…for individual body parts"), Chi runners will improve posture, pelvic rotation, and stride en route to more productive, pain-free running. Though peppered with "Instructor Stories" that read like advertisements for the ChiRunning DVDs and workshops, the Dreyers' running guide will doubtless be of great value to veteran runners and newcomers alike, as well as those who are simply looking for ways to improve their health. (Mar.)