ChiRunning promises a new way to run that will be much easier on your body and allow you to run faster with less effort while avoiding injury. It seems like a big claim to make, but Dreyer lays it out very logically in his book. In all honesty, though, the ChiRunning form echoes many other "natural" running forms like Pose and Natural Running so ultimately, pick the one that works for you but know that they are all roughly the same idea.
The basic principles behind the ChiRunning form are:
- Run tall
- Forward lean
- Mid-foot strike
- Core engagement
In the end, the demands of infant twins and the busy-ness of 2010 engulfed me and I didn't apply as much as I wanted to. I did, however, really enjoy the book and have applied various aspects of the ChiRunning principles into my running.
- For a time I ran with a clip on metronome to bring my cadence to 180
- I love the recovery exercise of laying with your feet elevated against a wall after a long run
- I went from being a serious heel striker to running comfortably mid-foot
- Forward lean - I can't seem to do it without appearing hunched over and feeling pressure in my lower back. This tells me I am doing it wrong
- Core engagement - my core is really weak and I recognize that. It's a work a progress.