I recently finished reading Danny Dreyer’s Chi Running. I was familiar with the book’s content before I opened it but was excited to learn more about the method and possibly apply some of the concepts to my own coaching. It ended up being a valuable tool to help me become a better coach and a very positive read.
The book itself is well written and overall easy to get through compared to some more technical writing about the biomechanics of running. Roughly half of the book is normal text while the rest of it is designed as a simple to navigate reference book that guides you step-by-step on your chi running journey. It also includes sections on preparing to run, racing and nutrition that are full of useful ideas.
It was interesting to see the commonalities between Dreyer’s Chi Running and Romanov’s Pose Method. I coach using a combination of lots of approaches, finding the biggest benefit is sometimes just being exposed to a new way to say the same thing. Both chi running and pose running are designed to minimize injury risk while making you a more efficient runner. They ultimately arrive there via slightly different pathways but the content of Chi Running is definitely worth exploring. The idea of falling to move yourself forward and landing softly on your mid-foot are major focuses of both styles. The differences between them occur in other areas, such as where your energy is coming from and how hard to train.
I don’t want to spoil all the fun of reading it yourself, which I definitely recommend, but I will say one of the things I like best about the chi method is its emphasis on core strength. The mid-section is an often overlooked area for most recreational runners that could actually help them a lot. Sit-ups and planks for the win! If you’re looking for a solid piece of running literature, Chi Running is a great choice.
Do you use chi running? Why or why not?
***This is not a sponsored post. I bought this book with my own money and all opinions are my own***