Mindful and Pain-free Walking and Running with Danny and Katherine Dreyer: PYP 346

Katherine Dreyer, Howard Jacobson, and Danny Dreyer

Me hanging out with Running Royalty!

Danny and Katherine Dreyer are the co-authors of three of the most valuable books ever on human bipedal locomotion: Chi Running, Chi Walking, and Chi Marathon.

The promise of their methodology is that you can walk or run a lot farther and faster, without pain or injury.

I can personally testify to its effectiveness, AND to my own ability to learn something great and totally forget about it for, like, a decade and a half.

I met Katherine and Danny at their home in Asheville, where they regaled me (and now you) with tales of ultra-running and pain, and discovering how to apply the principles of Tai Chi to running, and starting a business and movement.

And to make it worth your while, they also spill the beans on how to walk and run with mindfulness and ease, rather than distraction and pain.

I was so inspired, I decided to become a Chi Running instructor. The approach to movement will definitely benefit everyone in the Sick to Fit world, helping us walk/jog/run farther and faster, without damaging ourselves.

Oh, and since the interview, I've put down my headphones, stopped listening to audiobooks and podcasts while I run, and now use the iPhone's Chi Running app to give me cues to move with alignment and relaxation. (If you're a walker, they also have a Chi Walking app that gives slightly different instructions.)

On my first such run, I was aiming for a perceived exertion level of “ridiculously easy.” Imagine my delighted surprise when, after six miles, I discovered that I had run a 9 and a half minutes/mile average pace – about a full minute faster than my usual easy run these days.

This stuff works!

I talk more about it in the podcast, in the “Running News” feature…

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Links

ChiRunning.com

Chi Running, Chi Walking, and Chi Marathon at Amazon

Find a Chi Running Instructor

Chi Running iOS app ($10, includes everything)

Chi Walking iOS app ($3, with in-app purchases)

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