Hump Day Giveaway: How Is Your Chi?

He's read my mind. (From

"When I first started to mind would tell my body to go out and run. Then I would run until my body said it was tired, which would then trigger my mind to call it quits for the day. That was the extent of the communication between my body and my mind." --Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer, ChiRunning

That quote aptly describes the relationship my legs and brain had for about twenty years. Pre-run, I'd think about how far I would go. During the run, I'd think  about anything but my running form. Post-run, I'd think about how good I felt.

Until I didn't feel so good anymore, and I was forced to think about why.

So this July, I invested in a book a couple of people, including some of you, had recommended: Chi Running by Danny Dreyer and Katherine Dreyer. The book's subhead--A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-free Running--was so enticing, I couldn't wait to break the spine. I wanted effortless. I wanted injury-free. If it took a revolution to get there, so be it.

I studied it like I was cramming for the bar exam. I took it to the pool and ignored my kids as I read. I picked it over People magazine, even when I was wiped on a Friday night. I dog-eared so many pages, the book is about twice its normal width now.

Brief summary. The Chi in the title comes from T'ai Chi, a discipline Danny Dreyer has studied extensively, and means the energy force that animates all things. A tree's chi is its trunk. A cheetah's chi is its spine. (The Dreyers note how spindly a cheetah's legs are; its spine emanates power with each stride.) Similarly, a human's chi is our core/spine/trunk. By tapping into the strength of the chi and--this part is key--relaxing all the other parts of the body, you can run, as the Dreyers describe, like you are, "skimming along on a conveyor belt...I would better at the end of my run than I did when I started."

For the record, I have never had that skimming sensation. And I've never, ever felt physically better at the end of the run than when I started. Mentally, yes, but physically? Heh.

Two other quotes of many that resonated with me:

"Power running [the no pain, no gain mindset] does work, but it can be quite costly in terms of energy expenditure and injury rates...16 million runners get injured each year."
Are you talking to me? The one who powers through things--8 miles, even if my left leg falls off--and doesn't deal with the consequences until I absolutely must?

"We all need and crave some spaciousness in our lives, whether it's figurative or literal. I conjure the image of focused spaciousness while I'm running. I imagine having openness in my joints and lots of ease in my motion. Nothing feels forced. My movement is free and loose."
That concept makes me feel almost euphoric just thinking about it.

The Dreyers go on to teach you to tune in, not out. They preach patience, recommending a year to train for a marathon if you're serious about making changes. (Confession: despite their words, I thought I could cram in Chi and be ready for NYC. Back to the drawing board, this time with, um, patience.) They explain posture in specific, doable lessons. One of their runners summarizes their technique as thinking of your body as a needle with noodles, which I love: the needle is my spine (erect, strong, unbreakable) and the noodles are my limbs (limp, relaxed, moldable). They go through pre-run warm-ups, post-run stretches and, in 12 detailed chapters, turn running into holistic, almost healing activity.

I'll conclude my book report here by saying this: If I have a future in running, it will only be through ChiRunning.

Obviously, would love to spread Chi to the RLAM community. But let's be honest: have I read every word of the book? No. I'm a mom. Any book longer than Giggle, Giggle, Quack takes me months to get through these days. I promise to be be patient with running, but I refuse to be with this giveaway.


Better than Dora, Diego, Barney, The Wiggles and Elmo combined. Truly.

So we have three ChiRunning DVDs up for grabs this week to three random winners. Hitting the key points of the book without the time commitment--and potentially more helpful since the DIY exercises and running techniques are demonstrated, not just pictured--the DVD deserves to be watched, studied, implemented in your daily miles, and, when the time is right, shared with your pals. I realize a plastic disc doesn't have the aesthetic appeal of a cute running skirt or some of our other giveaways, but trust me: If you're struggling with injury, if running feels like a mental and physical grind, if you want to figure out how run both easier and faster, you want this DVD.

In order to be entered, though, we want to know a tidbit about your running form--or lack thereof. (Promise, we won't judge: those in glass houses...) Do you ever pay attention to it? If you do, what cues do you give yourself? If not, why not?  Let us know, and, with a little time and dedication, you might be that effortless, needle-with-noodles runner who is the envy of all the runners on the block.


P.S. Still in the dark? Three RLAM'ers won't be anymore when we announce the winners of the three Petzl headlamps on our Facebook page today. We love it when our winners chime in our page, so please like us today if you haven't.

201 responses to “Hump Day Giveaway: How Is Your Chi?

  1. Thanks , I’ve just been looking for information approximately this topic for a while and yours is the greatest I have discovered so far. However, what about the bottom line? Are you sure about the source?|What i don’t realize is if truth be told how you are now not really much more well-appreciated than you may be right now. You’re so intelligent.

  2. I don’t have a FB account (sorry) but I did get the ChiR book from the library based on your description, and though I’m only part of the way through it, it’s clear that I’d need the DVD or one of the workshops to really get the concepts down. (or maybe there’s something on youtube) SO – if I can be entered via comment instead of FB, and if there’s still time, I’d love to have a chance at winning the DVD. And please, keep us updated on your progress with ChiRunning as well as any other training programs – I find “real life” use to be very helpful in assessing what I might try next to improve my running. Thanks!

  3. I have never been told I have bad form, yet after 30 years of running and a another marathon registered for in March I am sidelined with hip and knee pain. After a consult at Nike Headquarters Tuesday the answer was to cross train more and run less? I am saddened and confused. Running keeps me sane, which equals a happy family…… what to do?

  4. My midwife told me that it was impossible to relax other muscles if your jaw is clenched. It certainly is true for me that stress, whether physical or mental or emotional, gets chewed up in my jaws, leading to tension headaches. So I always try to remind myself when running to relax my jaw. The idea is that the rest of my body will follow suit. I feel like I have a problem relaxing my feet, though. They feel tense and uncomfortable often, and I just can’t forget about them. I keep hoping that I will feel like I am running on a conveyor belt, but so far that hasn’t happened. Maybe I should head to the airport.

  5. This book sounds great!! The closest I get to thinking about my form is thinking about my stride – I think it’s too long, so sometimes I count steps to try and shorten it – I think I’m shooting for 180 steps per minute? But that never lasts long. The only other minor form-related thing I sometimes think is about the swing of my arms and something I heard a walk coach say once: Nip to Hip, Nip to Hip… so then I laugh, and that’s the end of good form for me!

  6. I’m coming back from an injury so i have been forcing myself to spend more time on the ‘dreadmill’ where i pay more attention to my form. outside, i tend to tune out and just let things go. hoping the dreadmill sessions eventually carry over to my regular runs and are worth the investment. ready to get back outdoors!

  7. My form is decent, but I’ve been struggling with hip weakness and have suffered a couple of IT band injuries this year – first the right side, which I rehabbed with the help of a physiotherapist, and then the left. Ha! I will be checking out that book for sure. Thanks for the recommendation, Dimity!

  8. I think that my running form is a lack thereof. I have tried to do some of the things that your reccommended Dimity, keeping my head up and shoulders relaxed, but beyond that, I don’t focus too much on my form. I need to though, I am recovering from a pulled IT band and I am sure that if my form had been better, this might not have happened. You have inspired me to read the book, I think I need a form overhaul.

  9. My form is a continuing work in progress. This year I have started trying to apply barefoot running in my life. After getting both feet cut and infected, I started wearing my vibrams full time. My biggest challenge with this new adventure is adjusting my foot strike from mid back foot to front midfoot strike. Some days are better than others however because of this change to the vbfs my back and knees feel much better. It is nice to be able to run pain free again.

  10. As a new runner I really have no idea about form. I do try to look straight ahead and have a strong core but that is as far as I have gotten.

  11. I’d love this! My gate is off which causes me to have MAJOR ITB pain. The pain shoots from my knee to my hip. I’d love to run pain free!

  12. I am a VERY new runner and didn’t know there was such a thing as running form until my son (a former cross country runner) filled me in. I still have no idea what I am doing other than putting one foot in front of the other, and as an older runner, I could use all the help I can get.

  13. I just bought the book this week but would love the DVD. I have always been a want-to-be-runner but never liked the way it felt on my body. I am now committed to making it happen.

  14. I am 45 years old and have been running for 28 years! As I have gotten older, my form has suffered. I have long legs, so tend to overstride, and I am slumping over! HELP! I would love to learn more about CHI Running.

  15. I have this book but haven’t read it yet. I went for a deep tissue massage during my training for my first half and the masseuse told me to read it. Didn’t do it. Now I’m having hip pain and read this blog entry. Maybe watching it would get me to actually do it. I do focus on heel toe because someone told me to do it and it seems to be good. I try to stretch when I’m done. Other than that – I’m chatting with my friends the whole time and not really paying attention. I’d love to get a video to ease the pain!

  16. I was so worried about form for weeks. I found it just made me a mess. Last night I just ran and it seemed easier… So I am not sure if my natural form was/is good and I was messing myself up by trying to hard to make it perfect or if I am just a mess LOL. But I have heard of the chi running and my coach was showing us ways to help us lean forward which I think is the premise of chi running.

  17. I try to focus mostly on my breathing and keeping my shoulders relaxed. I’ve only been running a year and it’s been my form of losing weigh (53lbs so far). I have so much to learn but trying to learn one thing at a time. I’m sure I have much to work on with my form and would love some lessons.

  18. I try really hard to keep my chest and head up, breathe using my diaphragm and keep my shoulders and legs relaxed…in fact I am constantly saying to myself relax your legs relax your legs relax your legs. I would love to win this give away!

  19. I am so horrible when paying attention to my form. I just started running in August 2009 and finished my first marathon at MCM on 10/31/10. I saw the pictures from marathonfoto and OH MY GOSH. How tiny is my stride? Am I leaning backwards in that shot? Sideways? Am I even breathing??? Hmmm, maybe I should do some more research into my form. I just joined a more focused running group and will hopefully be addressing some of these issues soon.

  20. I DO think about form while I’m running. Forward lean, midfoot strike… but i’ve never read the book or seen the dvd. been jonesing for them for quite some time now. The perfect giveaway!

  21. I’m in my first year of running and am learning so much, thanks mostly to RLAM. Form is the next area of focus for me. I’m now training for my first full marathon and I’ve tripped twice in the last 6 weeks on outdoor runs. I can’t help but think it has something to do with bad form. I’d love this DVD!

  22. I have trouble finding a good form. I have only been running for 11 months and I have fallen in love with running. But I wear out sooner than I want and I haven’t been able to run the miles that I want to. Maybe I do need to check into this Chi running!

  23. I never really payed attention to my form until my sister pointed out that i looked like a bird… i am guessing that i could probally benifit from this dvd

  24. I’m a relatively new runner who is not ashamed to admit that I totally lack form when it comes to running. I just ran a race this past weekend and from the race photos that just went up, you can really tell how much in pain I was in! But I got my PR this past weekend, so yay for me! Yet between the race photos, my sister’s comment on how I “looked funny” running, and how my body starts to fall apart towards the end of the run, I am realizing I need to improve my running form. Being a new runner, I have not heard of Chi-running and am very intrigued. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  25. After years of aching, high arched feet, on a whim, I tried the Nike free, thinking that if they were awful, I could just wear them around during the day. From the first day I ran in them, my form improved (body more centered over feet, not schlumped, foot strike more to the forefoot) and I felt like I could fly. I’m eyeing a pair of Newton’s next.

  26. well, i just attended a mini running form clinic this past weekend. the element that was stressed (or maybe it’s just what i remember most) was to kick my heels up. this would help land mid-foot and also better propel the leg in a more circular or wheel-like motion. we practiced this in exaggerated motion drills to get the feel, then went on a long run where we were to consciously think about this form. maybe it was a good day for me, but it was one of the best runs i’ve ever had.

  27. I’ve read the Chi-Running book but I admit running form is just a little too much for me to think about. Legs, arms, eye gaze, abs/back! Yikes! I tend to try and keep my arms at 90 degrees and pumping straight, not angling in toward the center line. I try to keep my steps small, my lean slightly forward and my foot strike on the ball of my foot. When I think of it, I try to keep my chin slightly tucked.

  28. My running form? It’s a bit of a fast limp. 🙂 Maybe it’s because my calves always feel tight, or my shin splints might be hurting a little bit more that day. I can surprisingly make it 5 miles without too much discomfort (maybe a tolerable 2 on a 1-10 scale), but I long for the day when it doesn’t hurt at all. I’ve just finished the ChiRunning book and it makes sense. I have started working on the focuses. We’ll see where this nets out. 🙂

  29. I worked on my form in a running class at my gym and it helped so much. I would love to learn more so I can “glide” instead of power through which I still feel I do.

  30. The best I do is try to run with my hands cupped, and pretend like I’m carrying eggs, so I don’t tense up. It doesn’t always work, so this DVD sounds amazing!

  31. I had not paid any attention to my form until recently. I’ve been meaning to find out more about Chi Running (a number of friends swear by it) and I checked out the CD & book from the library. I have to be honest, I haven’t read any of the book yet, but I listened to some of the CD and realized just how much I DON’T pay attention to my form (never even thought heel striking might not be good running form), likely to my detriment. I don’t deal with a lot of injuries, but I’d love to run more efficiently and make those long runs a little easier.

    I would LOVE to see the DVD to actually see the proper form in action.

  32. I have a good friend who is a Tai Chi instructor who has encouraged me to read this book for quite awhile and this post has convinced me I need to take a better look at it! I’ve been a relatively injury-free runner for 20 years but have battled sciatic pain since having my children. Custom ortotics in my shoes have helped some but I still battle the discomfort on longer runs. I am a fairly heavy footed runner and would love to feel lighter and less like a Clydesdale tromping down the road (and if it helps my sciatica, I’m a convert!) Thanks for the giveaway!

  33. I don’t alway spay attention – but when the IPOD is dead becauseI have forgotten to charge it I am sometimes a little more in tune! Would love to win this and maybe it could help me figure out what my left hamstring has this nagging pain after a long run!

  34. FORM?! What form?!? Sadly I do not pay much attention – other than sometimes feeling better than others. I agree – if I do not win it I might have to buy it myself…

  35. If I don’t win it I will buy it! I am tired of Achilles pain, aches and pains in my joints and feeling old. I love the idea of running and feeling better while it is happening as opposed to when it is over! I have learned to love running for the personal freedom, the peace and the overall sense of well being. The aches and pains are what scare me, especially because I want to run into and through my advancing years! I will definitely put in on my list for Santa!

  36. My form leaves a lot to be desire. I tend to run until my feet can’t lift from the ground, and don’t give it much thought. I focus on the distance of the run instead of focusing on the why I wanted to go on a run in the first place. Most days I feel like my runs are pretty rewarding as Ican gather my thoughts and enjoy the scenery, but some days it is just pound and ground.

  37. Ever since I started wearing the Nike Free’s my running has changed. I don’t land on my heels so much and my knees feel much better.

  38. I might need that DVD…..I am an “efficient” running (not lazy, mind you!) and I don’t lift my feet very high.

    That was a problem last night when I tripped on the uneven street during a tempo run…[email protected]/5166009638/

    is the result, along with several layers of skin from my hand, wrist, and shoulder still on the street…..

    I finished my run anyway though, 3km in 15:33….not too bad!

  39. I pay a lot of attention to my form because I have found that not only does it help prevent injuries, it helps me run better (faster with less fatigue). In particular, I remind myself to relax my shoulders and neck, don’t bend at the waist, lean forward from the ankles, pick my knees up (vs shuffling), maintain good arm swing-straight forward and back like a train vs. swinging across my body, drive my elbows back, very loose hands (as if holding a Lays potato chip). 😀

  40. My form could stand to be improved on. I’m currently sidelined with a stubborn case of Plantar Fasciitis (kept running for a few months with it; my chiropractor finally convinced me to take some time off) so I’m hoping to use the occasion to start running with better form.

  41. I have been running for a year. I’ve had lower back problems on and off since I started. I sure wish I could figure out if it’s my form, or if it’s the weight that I need to shed before I can comfortably run. Either way, I want it to be “effortless and enjoyable” too. I keep running because, like Dimity, I feel great afterwards. Unstoppable. Euphoric. Elated. I could insert many, many great adjectives here. I keep running, hoping that my core will strengthen and the lower back pain will go away. But it does not. Perhaps there is something to be said for Chi Running.

  42. I read ChiRunning last year and managed to take one major form aspect away with me – to keep my pelvis tucked and my spine extended through the top of my head. Those two things help so much – especially in the second half of a long run! I know that there is so much more to the technique though.
    This is the first I’ve heard of the DVD’s. Actually seeing the techniques in action would be so helpful!
    Thanks for posting about them!

  43. Oh, my “form” is terrible. My race photos show me all hunched over like I’m about to vomit or something. And every time, some well-meaning person will ask me if it is my first race. Awww! I’ve read part of the Chi Running book, but know that actually SEEING it demonstrated would go a long way in assisting me. Fingers crossed!

  44. My chiropractor recently evaluated my stride and told me that I should concentrate on keeping my chest lifted. I’ve noticed an improvement when I do this, also focusing on my form helps we get through my runs. I would LOVE this DVD. pick me, pick me :>)

  45. Form??? At this point in my new running life I haven’t had a chance to think about form yet, but I know it’s something I should look into as I’m coming off a 5 week injury hiatus. Would love a DVD!!

  46. I too am a busy Mom and while this book is on my nightstand, it is waiting patiently for me to read it all the way through. I have started it and I found the most interesting part to be him talking about watching children run, and that his methods try to get us back to running with the freedom we ran with as kids. That when we run it should be effortless. What I found interesting about it was that it asks the reader to remeber how fun it was to run as a child – and the thing is I HATED running as a child and teen, but have now grown to love it, so it’s a painful memory going back to those dreded mile runs in junior high PE class. Although I do hope to find the Chi when I actually get through the entire book. Right now I would say my running style is plodding (maybe thats just the way I feel running thoughor because I don’t run as fast as I would like) since I have worked with a trainer and she was always complimenting my form.

  47. Form? What is this word? Just kidding… I really do try to keep my body upright and pay attention to my arms, legs, etc., but the longer my mileage gets, the more I look like Quasimodo than a mother – runner. Definitely on my list of things to work on.

  48. I have heard great things about Chi Running and would love to know more. I am not a natural speedy runner (still going for my BQ!), but I have been fairly injury free over my 8 years of running. After reading Born to Run, I realized I may actually have the correct form! I have always called myself a “toe runner” and it seemed to counter the way everyone else ran, but I think it is what has kept me running all these years! I may not be fast, but I am able to stay healthy!

  49. I honestly don’t pay much attention to my running form. The only thing I notice on a regular basis is that my arms get VERY tense when I run…I have to really think about it and physically roll my shoulders back and down to get them to relax at all!

    1. When I first started running about 2 years ago, I had no idea there was such a thing as “running form.” However, this past Spring, after reading countless articles on the topic, I have turned into somewhat of a geek about having proper form. I am not always perfect, and I’ll be the first to admit that I zone out and forget what my body is doing. But when I think about it, here is what i am thinking: First, I try to think of my feet landing under my body and flexing my ankle. Then I think of my steps being light and my knees being bent gently. Then I focus on my posture – from RLAM – being a “puppet” trying to run “tall.” Finally, I focus on my arms staying close to my side and just going back and forth. Then I zone out again for 10 minutes, and start over again. 😉

  50. Sometimes I think about my form too much and then I don’t enjoy the run or end up with a new injury because I am trying something that doesn’t come natural.

  51. I think I *need* this DVD! I am just returning from an injury where I didn’t run for 3 months. 🙁

    A quote from my sports med doctor after a recent evaluation: “You have a NEGATIVE trendelenburg for gluteus medius weakness but you can see your proprioception is terrible! We will definately need to work on that!”

  52. I definitely need some Chi after I have been on the injured reserve since April. I have a 9% hip drop, should only be 4% according to my PT. I have read most of the book, but would love some help applying their principles.

    I want to run pain-free.

  53. I think about how my foot strikes the ground and watch my footing for fear of ankle rolls. Been increasing distance to 10 milers hoping to do 1st half in 2011. Injury and pain free so far ( 2 years and counting) but not really sure what I am doing right so fear that could change ant any moment. Would like to learn more about form to keep my momentum going.

  54. I have major hip issues. I went to a runner clinic and my issues stem from a weak girdle and poor form. I really have to think about tilting my pelvis and keeping my spine erect. I would love these DVD’s.


  55. I’ve read Chi Running and participated in a two hour workshop. I’m sold on it, but admittedly don’t pay enough attention to my technique. What has resonated with me is being light and quick, pushing the ground backwards, tipping my pelvis so the water does not spill out, lean forward, and loose limbs. I do tell myself all the time to loosen my lower legs. When I run to music, I try to run to tunes that are in the 85-87 bpm range.

  56. I pay attention to my form only when I’m tired… and I honestly don’t know enough about my form to be able to self-correct myself. I’ve looked several times at buying the videos but just can’t justify the cost right now – this would be awesome to win!

  57. I just started running about 4 weeks ago. I have no form what so ever. This DVD would be an awesome tool to teach me, a newbie, the correct way to run. Thanks so much for the chance!

  58. The biggest thing about my form is I need to remember not to be a heel striker. Its hard to remember especially after coming off getting a new ACL because in order to relearn to walk I was instructed to walk that way. But I am up for the challenge and continue to work on form as my knee let’s me.

  59. My form is fair. I have read a little of Chi Running and recently switched to Vibram Five Fingers, but I need a lot more help with my form. This would be the best early Christmas present ever.

  60. Because of a fear of jinxing myself, I try not to think too much about my form. Seems like if I study it too hard I end up with an injury soon after. I do, however, try to remind myself to keep my shoulders relaxed. I’m sure this isn’t the best way to be and would like to understand more about the whole deal. Thanks for giving me a “heads up” on the situation!

  61. So many people would love this and need this, and I am one of them. My running friend has mentioned Chi running and recommended the book. I think this is a sign that I really need to take heed of. I haven’t been feeling good about my running lately, and even skipped out on a race last weekend. I have no motivation and my left knee and feet are killing me. It’s time for a change. I think I know what it needs to be, I’m heading to the bookstore next payday.

    As far as paying attention to form. I think my thought process was described in the first paragraph. Just figure out what needs to get done and feel happy about it after the fact.

  62. I have heard of Chi Running. A friend of mine just took a training in it. I wanted to attend, but it was kind of spendy. I think I have okay form when I run. I know I have some pronation in my feet though. When I ran my first half marathon a few weeks ago, I noticed that my mid to upper back really began to ache the last few miles. It took me by surprise. I have a feeling it was my form during the run that caused it.

  63. I am trying to recover from a sore hip flexor. And I got it while I was running a half-marathon, even though I have no idea how. I have only been running 8 months & I think I need some help with my form. I don’t ever want to have this injury again!

  64. My form is nothing special, but I do try and focus on my core and not collapsing through my shoulders. I”m always eager to learn more!

  65. I have no idea if I am running “correct”. Probably not since I feel it in my hips and knees. This would be great since I am training for my first half at the Rock & Roll half in New Orleans in Feb and I am starting to up my milage. I’ve never done more than a 10k.

  66. I’ve looked into these seminars but can’t quite part with the cash. I am aware of my body when i’m running, but certainly not any sort of correct form. I have to tell myself to relax my shoulders. And usually end up shaking my hands out to relax them. A bit tense, you think?!

  67. My form. Well, I try to think about how my stride, where my foot lands, are my shoulders relaxed?, tuck your hips under, don’t swing your arms across your body … but do you know what I end up thinking about?

    Damn. Why am I breathing so hard? Well, THESE were the wrong shorts to wear? Do you think anyone will notice if I yank my underwear out of my hiney? Oh great – my cheeks (both pair) are jiggling.

    Anyone see my problem here?

  68. I SO need this! I have been struggling with knee pain and as a new runner, 6 months, I don’t want to give up now! I recently purchased some Vibram FiveFingers and am very interested in learning proper running form that will keep me injury free! Thanks for the chance to win!

  69. I read Chi Running some time ago and tried to apply some of the principles but am still having a hard time visualizing exactly how to do some of those things. The DVD would be hugely helpful. My main running form problem is running up on my toes too much (from wearing Newton shoes) which caused achilles tendinitis, so I have to continually monitor myself and make sure I’m landing on my mid-foot, not on my tip-toes which I tend to do especially when getting tired at the end of a long run (which doesn’t make any sense at all, but I seem to do it nonetheless). I also try to run lightly and smoothly (Born to Run) and maybe one day I’ll get faster!

  70. I’ve watched a video about Chi running from the library and felt it made a big difference, for at least a week or so until I forgot what to concentrate on! A reminder would be great!
    I could tell that as I was getting tired if I went back to thinking about the form they recommended my running would get easier and I would get faster, unfortunately I would get distracted.

  71. I am a new runner, so I don’t know much about my form. I DO know that the sciatica I developed in pregnancy (three years ago) rears it’s ugly head from time to time to remind me to maintain good posture.

  72. I only think about my running form when I get uncomfortable during a run. When that happens I have a couple of tricks that usually get me through. First, I try to change which muscles I’m using. For instance, I might try to squeeze my glutes harder or lift my knees higher, or shorten or lengthen my stride. Usually just changing it up for a while takes my mind off of whatever discomfort or pain I’m feeling. Another thing I do (usually towards the end of a marathon when my body starts to feel heavy and I want to slow down) is try to envision my legs running out in front of my by themselves- with no body attatched to them. I know that sounds really wierd, but for some reason, visualizing my legs running without the weight of my body or anything else to carry seems to do just the trick. At least long enough to get me to the finish line : )

  73. Defenitly a new runner who does not knwo what she is doing. started in March, ran 9 5k races so far, going for my first 10k on Sunday and first half in January. I am starting to get nasty back pain, was just told today that I have arthritis. Form…ah..well even though I am a tall gal at 5’11” I would say my stride is quite short, and based on my running pictures and what my husband says I run in a very “straight up” position. I dont always feel relax when I tun so I know I do something wrong!!!

  74. I would say my form is akin to a poisoned, flat-footed, 400 lb. hobbit who is dragging myself to find the antidote before I collapse. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but that’s how I feel!! I know it’s bad when I run on the treadmill and the whole thing shakes and thuds (probably scaring the other people at the gym!) with my ridiculous, heavy gait (btw… I’m under 120 lbs, so it’s not actual weight making that thing shake, rattle and roll). I could use some chi in my life – HELP please!!! 🙂

  75. This post is great timing! I have never thought about my form until this week. I have had a sore foot for a couple weeks and haven’t been able to run more than a mile or two. I just got a pair of Nike Free Run Plus shoes and within 2 days of those news shoes and focusing on a midfoot strike rather than my usual heel strike and the foot is feeling much better. I would really like to know what else I can do to run better. It has been hard to try to change the natural way I run.

  76. My form is awful which is apparent by the picutres taken at races. I always look so hunched over and I can never punch it into gear when I need to because my form is so bad the rest of my body aches. Not to mention the SI injury I was treated for during marathon training…I have a curved lower back and an extra verterbrae (discovered all of that in Sept.). I beleive if my form were better my speed and motivation would be better too. Your book helped so much with my attitude I think this one could really help with my form. HELP PLEASE

  77. My form is, in a word….crap. I had a knee injury a few years back that has translated into a nagging series of weird pains- hip, IT band, ankle, shin, calf, foot, all on the same side. I know that my stride is a bit off, I know I need to fix it. I’ve intended to read and follow the book for a year now, as I own it. But I think I need video to get myself to really do it. Please, pick me!

  78. I incorporate some of the Chi Running philosophies into my own running.
    When barefoot running I have to focus and pay attention to my form. My feet demand it!!
    I would love to see Danny’s video though. There is always room for learning.

  79. Uphill, I let my arms work. They can’t possibly be as tired as my legs, right? And on the downhill, I picture fairies carrying my feet and just letting them touch the earth once in awhile. Feels like I am floating/flying for a little while…

  80. I am a new runner, and to this point the extent of my form was “keep going.” Now that I have worked my way up to a 1/2 marathon I think it is time for me to start looking at the finer points of this sport.

  81. My running form needs work! I do butt-kicks and high-knees during my warm-ups. While running, I remind myself, “shoulders back.” If I succeed at that, I remind myself, “shoulders back and relaxed.” If I manage to succeed at that, I remind myself, “tuck pelvis.” Every once in awhile, I’ll toss in some of the arm stuff, but usually that’s all I can muster. I really have a hard time with back and relaxed shoulders, so I always focus on that.

  82. I try to pay attention…After reading most of Chi Running (I’m a Mom too) the tucked pelvis part has always stuck with me. If something hurts while running, and I remember to tuck my pelvis and engage my abs, it always feels better.

  83. I try to relax, keep my shoulders down, and i tell myself “relax and roll”…sometimes it works and sometimes I just struggle. I would love to know how to improve my stride and keep myself safe from injury while i try to build endurance.

  84. I am a classic overstrider. I do try to pay attention to this during runs, especially the long ones, as shortening my stride really does automatically relax my body. But something about the *lack* of relaxation in my mind means I almost always revert back to overstriding, especially when I’m tired. Why can’t both body and mind be relaxed?

  85. When I catch the sight of my own shadow when I’m out on a run I think how much I resemble an ox on the move! I wish I had someone to work with me on form. I have always wondered if it would help me with nagging (read: every single day) knee and quad pain following a soft tissue injury two years ago!

  86. This is something I’ve wondered about for the 5 years I’ve been running…but haven’t read up on much. I know I hunch my back a bit while running…I have remind myself to stand tall and engage my core while running. Sounds like a great resource.

  87. I was a classic heel striker. As a result, I ended up with a bad case of plantar fasciitis and ankle tendonitis in both feet! Went to PT for two months and was benched from running for six months. I credit accupuncture with finally helping me to heal, along with switching to barefoot-style running in Vibram Five Fingers (though, that came with it’s own challenges and learning curve, which included a metatarsal stress fracture this summer). So now, I’m happy to report, I’m up to five miles, three times a week in Saucony Kenvaras (a lightweight trainer/compromise between Vibrams and fully supported shoes) and I run 1-2 miles/week in the Vibrams. More importantly, as a yoga instructor, I’ve taken to placing more emphasis to my posture–occipitals over sitz–and my core. Now I hope to continue on into the next triathlon season injury-free!

  88. Running form? What’s that?? Last year when I recruited my husband to run with me he kept saying, “I want to learn how to run properly” and I kept saying, “what’s the big deal, just go out and run”. Well, the big deal is that I’m injured and have been for almost a year….trying, trying to take care of myself while just getting out there to run. I really need to go back to the start and learn what I’m doing wrong. My chi is the weakest part of my body right now. Even my arms have more definition than my belly! Help me, help me!!!!

  89. chirunning has helped me to run better and injury-free. before I learned about it, I was feeling a lot of pain on my ankle that wouldn’t disappear. after attending a seminar and applied everything i learned, I never felt pain in my ankle area again =)

  90. Chi running, Born to Run, five-fingers, and Iyengar have all made me love to run. I simply couldn’t do it before. Now I understand….

  91. I always try to remember not to lean back on my hips. I noticed that my hips were hurting a lot last season and after reading about form realized that was probably my problem. With that on my mind and incorporating intervals into my long runs (>5 miles) has made a difference in my hips, knees & feet.

  92. A friend/ trainer at a big Football university, once told me my form was “shit”. I was given loads of advice and training, but in the end was told to basically run like Michael Johnson, like the olympic runner, all straight and upright. So now that I have run off the boobies that were holding me back, or slumping me forward, I think I’ve got OK form, if you want to look like Michael Johnson!

  93. Dimity, I have this on my nightstand right now! After finding out about my pubic ramus stress fracture I realized something likely needed to change. I think I run too hard and to much on my heals. Glad you liked the book and look forward to reading it more.

    1. I’ve been looking at purchasing this and the POSE book. I definitely need to work on my form. I’ve had a broken ankle and broken kneecap within the past two years, and I’ve noticed that my posture/running form has changed since that. I’m now dealing with piriformis issues and SI joint issues all related to ankle and knee injuries. I think if I worked on my form it would definitely help. I’m also thinking about trying a pair of vibrams, but I know I need to change my form/footstrike before I go there!

  94. I try to reevaluate my form every mile or so. I am a new runner (started in June) and before I began I watched quite a few videos on proper running posture. I think that it has really helped. I’d LOVE to win the ChiRunning CD, though. I’d be interested in how to adjust my form, etc to enable me to run farther.

  95. I have had the book for about 6 months…just sitting there. You actually reminded me that I have it!! Sheesh, busy mama much? When I run I definitely power through and wait for it to be over to receive the benefits (most of mine is mental) but I do check in with my core a lot…not because of my Chi but because of my flabby abs…wanting to keep them tight as often as I can. Sounds like maybe I need a switch in philosophy…especially while building back up after a few months off for a tendonitis issue. Long story short…the DVD would probably go a long way in getting this information in my head…much further than the apparent desk osmosis I was hoping for before (with the book sitting on the edge of my desk).

  96. I am very paranoid about my form when I run because my mom used to always make not so nice comments about how i walked and ran when I was younger (and heavier). For some reason, when I started running a little over a year ago, I though you were supposed to put one foot in front of the other, in a line. Now, I have a horrible groin strain. I took a couple of weeks off, but think I may need a little more. When running on tm this morning I was trying to keep my feet under each hip, I felt like I was running like Frankenstein, so maybe I need a good dvd to help me figure this form thing out.

  97. I’ve battled Achilles Tendonitis since I began running. I also experience shoulder and neck pain on longer runs. I seriously try to pay attention to my running form, but obviously, I’m not doing something right. To run pain free would be a dream come true!

  98. I notice that when I force myself to stand up straight, tuck my pelvis, and lean forward, I naturally go faster – amazing! Also, I struggled a long time with that 180 steps per minute cadence thing and cound not figure out how to get my legs to move faster (I was around 150/160) until I found the most simple word of advice – Move your arms faster; your legs will naturally follow. Again amazing! But, I still need to work on my form as my left hip constantly hurts and feels like it has popped out of the socket, and the arch of my right foot also always hurts. My foot only feels good when using the Superfeet insole, but does this mean I need to say goodbye to flip flops (I’m in Southern California, so no flip flops is akin to no water, no sunshine, no food)?

  99. I’ve been scoping this one out at the library. My running form, I thought, was good. But then a coach friend informed me that I was running heel first and with my foot turned out a bit. etc. I need some help to get back into form!

  100. Before I ran my first marathon I semi thought about my running form. I thought about keeping my shoulders down and my arms relaxed. But that was really the extent of it. During my marathon I had a sharp pain in my right knee which forced me to run/walk the last 10 miles. I looked at the pictures of my marathon and noticed what terrible form the lower half of my body had. I know that was part of the reason of my knee pain. I was twisting at my knee and my foot was going out instead of directly inline with my body. So runs after my first marathon have been without music so far…I try to listen to my breathing, the way my feet fall and focus more on my form. It’s hard and my body hasn’t adjusted, so a DVD where I could actually watch someone with good form would help me tremendously. I plan to run a few marathons next year and I hope I can run them injury free.

  101. Ive read this book at least three times and Im still trying to comprehend. So I recently started picking one form from the book to work on that particular week. My shins are what kill me so right now Im really trying to remember to not be a tight ass 🙂 and stay loose.

    Im a newbie runner and and as I started “researching” running all I read about was injuries, scared me almost enough to not get started.

  102. I seriously know nothing about form….I just go out and run (sort of) and I notice pain/tightness in my upper back (between my shoulders) when I am done running….I might need some chi!

  103. Running form? What’s that? You mean I need to think about how I run so my injuries (knee & hip) won’t keep flaring up? Hmmm… sounds interesting.

  104. I only pay attention to my arm positions. Lately my time in a race is going south; adding an extra hour to my last marathon. I need to do something different – please send the DVD. Thanks

  105. I have heard of Chi Running, but never really looked into it. I struggle a lot with injuries and it’s just SO frustrating. So, any chance of being able to run injury-free would be awesome! I started running at the end of May in 2009. In Oct ’09, I suffered from what they thought was a hip flexor injury. Come to find out, it was cuased by arthritis in the pubic bone and that caused a flare in the hip area. I had to have a cortisone shot in my public bone. NO FUN! Then, in April ’10, I sprained my left ankle a week before a half marathon. I was still able to run, but it wasn’t super fun. In May ’10, I had issues with tendonitis on the top of my right foot. Got that heeled up and now it’s runner’s knee (both knees). I’m a hot mess! But, I still keep going!

  106. I have pretty good form naturally. But I am 12 weeks postpartum and trying to get my core back. Until that happens, and I am close, I am a little off. But in general I know that when I get tired my form starts to go which is a waste of energy. So when that happens I don’t push it and really focus on form to avoid wasted energy and possible injury.

  107. I try to remember to think about my form while running, but honestly, after about 20 seconds, my mind drifts to somewhere else until a little while later I remember again to tell myself: “Drop your shoulders, don’t hunch. Loosen up a bit. How do you feel? No heelstrike. Drop your shoulders! Bahahaha, I love Lula.” Wait, what? In case you are wondering, that last bit is because I listen to audiobooks when I run and my most recent one was Suzzling Sixteen, a Stephanie Plum novel and there is a character named Lula that I find hilarious.

  108. Would LOVE this video. I am a fairly new runner and I know I heel strike (which from reading the above comments, I am now thinking is not a good thing). People at my office make fun of me for looking down all the time when I walk (family trait) and I do that when I run as well. Fortunately have had no injuries yet, but am training for my first half in February and now is the time to fix whatever might not be working right.

  109. The most I do to pay attention to my form is keeping focus on my upper body. I’ve read that a tense upper body can exert more energy, thus making your run require more effort. So, I do my best to focus on holding relaxed shoulders and not clenching my fists. I try to imagine myself holding empty egg shells in my hands, to keep them relaxed. I’ve seen stuff on Chi Running for awhile now and have always been tempted to try it… This would definitely be a step in that direction!

  110. This couldn’t come at a better time. I’ve struggled with injury for years–always related to too much too soon. Last year I decided that if I want this (running), I need to change my approach to training. So, I took the 10K plan and spread it out over 6 months instead of 3 months. And it worked! Then I added core (planks, pushups, bird dogs, bridges, etc) to the plan and was feeling great. But, alas I ramped up to a 1/2 marathon program and only added two extra weeks to it and…pushed through some dull pain (posterior tibialis). I finished the plan and two 1/2 marathons in two weeks and now I think I’ll be out on a slow recovery and strengthening plan for the next month or so. Ugh. I’ve been thinking of a marathon and came to the conclusion that I’d want to spend at least 40 weeks on it–and you say there is a book that recommends something similar?! I think I need this book!

  111. I have read the book Chi Running and do find it helps because I have noticed that when I make an effort to check my running form my knees don’t hurt as much. But it does take me a while to cross everything off my list when I start the run and not too sure if I’ve got the forward lean perfected.

  112. As you say in RLAM: The Book, 90% of my mind while road running is thinking, “When is this over?”; however, as I have increased my mileage, I seem to have no choice but to key in to my form/core as fatigue sets in. As I start to get tired & lazy, things start to hurt, the blisters begin to fill, and my hip starts to pain, so I have been forcing myself to do a mental check from head to toe and squeeze anything I don’t want flapping in the wind! Not only is that a nice inner distraction, but it gives me a little more power at the end of the run, helping me to finish strong. (At least, that’s how it feels!)

    I’ve heard amazing things about Chi Running- most impressive to me are reviews from women who have never run before, tried Chi Running, and were so happy with the results!

  113. I feel fortunate that I trained through the summer for my first half last month with out injury. I think it was pure luck. After two kiddos my core is weak and I know that affects my form. My goal this fall and winter is to add cross training which will include swimming. I’m looking forward to getting through the dark, wet, and cold Portland mornings… I’m very interested in Chi Running… I would be excited to win this one!

  114. I always pay attention to my shoulders, in running or any exercise. I carry my stress in my shoulders and neck so I’m always focusing on releasing and lowering my shoulders so I can loosen up!

  115. I tend to use my running time as an opportunity to solve the problems of the world, or to work out the stress from the day. Rarely do I tune it to my running form. I have noticed a difference in my form when I pay attention to my core, but never have the conveyor belt experince.

  116. Although it would be nice to say that I focus on a strong core during my runs, that usually only last for the first few yards. I read somewhere some key correlations to your arms/hands, so that oddly is my focus. I make sure to keep my shoulders down, arms loose and no fists. Since my injury, I’ve tried to change the way my foot hits the ground – but that hasn’t worked out too well.

  117. I’m sure my form is horrible but the one thing I have noticed I do when I get tired is start to look down at the ground as I run. I have to remind myself to look up and open up my chest so I don’t hunch over. This DVD would be AWESOME to get some good form tips.

  118. I have heard about Chi running and your write-up has intrigued me. I have recently (3 weeks) been suffering from a pinched nerve in my lower back which is affecting my running; in fact i took a 2 week break and recently started back up again but i’m still in a lot of pain in my left thigh-region. I have races to run and places to go; I don’t have time for taking a break. I think Chi running may be the key to getting myself back in proper running form. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  119. Dimity, I’ve lived your life of injury (IT issues, stress fractures, etc.) for many years. Finally, a change was in order. I’ve skimmed this book in the past, but was never serious enough to read it fully. Now, I need to be if I want to continue running.

    My running form is something that would make a great “how not to run” in a video for new runners. I’ve recently switched to “five fingers” for my running shoes and my running form has totally changed. Still something for a “how not to” video, but I’m not regretting every step as I run down the road. I’ve gone from being a consummate heal striker to somewhat lighter on my feet. In addition, my IT band doesn’t hurt and (knock on wood) neither does anything else yet!

  120. Honestly, I’ve never heard of Chi running…the only chi I know comes in a cocktail glass with an umbrella! Haha! All kidding aside, it sounds fantastic. Who couldn’t use this DVD? A year and a half ago, my running partner (hubbie) began suffering terrible knee pain. Since then he has tried EVERYTHING to figure out what is causing it, including orthoscopic surgery. Still, no answers. You can bet that if I don’t win a DVD, I will be buying one for sure! Thanks for spreading the Chi word!

  121. When I start aching, I usually call attention to my form. I then try to lift my chest up, open my hands and relax. But the first few miles I just try to survive. Then I feel good and then about mile 6 I wonder what I am even thinking. Thats usually when I start thinking about form. Which ends up good for about, eh, a few songs. Then I get lost in my grochery list/dinner menu/bill paying thoughts and until I hurt again I forget about form. I guess I need some Chi.

  122. I’ve been meaning to video myself to look at my form. But I don’t know that I want to see it.

    I think this is one of those old wounds that made me hate running for so many years. I tried running in high school for about a year thinking that track and cross-country would be fun, but unfortunately as an slightly over weight teenager and one that hasn’t been letting things go since 1975, comments made by insensitive (and immature) coaches like “you run funny; you kick your heels out when you run” and “go faster, you could stand to lose a few” turned me off to running and I eventually quit the team.

    I realize as an adult, a true teacher & coach would help me adjust my form and not make comments about it. But at 14 &15 I didn’t see that.

    Didn’t mean to get all therapy-session on you there!

    Now I watch my kids run, copying their form, try to run barefoot in the grass when I can and I’d like to start back up slowly with the vibrams. Repeat. S-L-O-W-L-Y with the VFF. Not more overuse injuries thank you very much!

  123. HAH! My form is: one foot in front of the other until it hurts too bad, walk it off and start over! Although sometimes I catch myself chanting “shoulders down, elbows back, heel, toe” – a left over from 10 years ago when I decided to take up running and train for a marathon all in the same breath! Four months later – my first finish 7:51:31! I guess my form could use some work.

  124. I read the book, tried to use the techniques and so far I run injury-free. I’m a visual learner so a dvd would help me understand and see what it should look like! Thanks for a great giveaway!!

  125. Boy do I need this! I imagine that I am a speedy gazelle when I run. Then I catch a glimpse of my shadow…who is that hunchback plodding along?

  126. Hahaha…form? What form? There is a form? 🙂
    Not sure I know what proper form is. There are times in a run where I will pay more attention to my body and what it is doing and the running feels easier—hmmmm maybe more comfortable? I am really interested in this topic. Thanks for sharing.

  127. Hmm…form…I have been working on turnover and trying to run more off my big toe (my PF issues were causing me to run on outside of feet and PT said to try to consciously push more off toes).

    So…I am pretty jacked up…but only PF pain if I go over 7-8 miles. So, is that an improvement?

    I need some chi in my life!

    Thanks for making me think about it.

  128. I never really paid attention to my form until I got sidelined with a hamstring injury. A trainer (former PT) at the gym I go to watched me run and said I had weak hips and butt, so now I have been doing extra strength training in those areas and it has seemed to help. I also know I run on my toes a lot (even the trainer commented on it). I have tried working on my foot strike (as I do have plantar fasciitis) but it is very hard to undo 10 years of how I have run!

  129. I’ve had almost a 5 year long problem where my right hand will go numb when I run long distances or speed workouts (also happens when I swim and with a few other activities). Many times I’ve tried to concentrate on and study my form to see if that was causing the problem but don’t think that’s the issue–many doctors, therapists, and chriropractors later it still remains a mystery. But other than when something’s hurting, I rarely think about my form.

  130. Ooh, ooh, I need to know more about this. In another post on FB I mentioned my “flippy foot” — basically my left knee goes in and my left foot flips sideways when I run — it looks very funny. It ties into my left hamstring problem, left weak abductors, pigeon toed stuff (from my grandma), I guess. I have tried watching myself running on a treadmill in front of a mirror and that helps…but I HATE the treadmill and would rather not run in front of a mirror all the time. I just have trouble focusing on form, especially this issue,…thinking wrapping my brain around mindfulness, meditation, chi and running might do the trick!

  131. Like you, I ran for years happy to finish, happy to not hurt too much (although, that rarely happened) and powering through even when my body felt bad. Since I started actually reading about running (that fab book RLAM & one other), even reading cover to cover a Runners World or two – I’ve realized that yes, form not only is important but when I implemented it (letting your hand go limp is HARD to do @ first when you’ve clenched them for 8 years) – I saw/FELT the difference immediately. Shorter step, not so longer pronounced gait, don’t dig feet and hips to push off, try to be lighter, regulate breathing, – the one thing that really helped? I always thought running was done w/leading w/your upper body. Bent @ waist, head forward. Keeping the torso straight really feels good, letting the legs do more of the work. I notice when I’m tired, I start to revert, lean, shuffle feet (clodhoppers) and have to realign. I still have ALOT to learn.

  132. I NEED this! I have a knee that just won’t quit hurting and I’m sure it has something to do with form. I’ve trolled around the internets watching form videos and whatnot but nothing’s helped so far…I do try to think about hips slightly forward and relaxed shoulders but that’s about as far as I get.

  133. I rarely think of my form, and I’m pretty sure it’s not great. I actually thought about it more on the track this morning (there’s so little interesting stuff to think about while on the track)…I tried to keep my movement more focused and movment minimized other than my legs…sometimes I feel like I am barely running a straight line.

  134. Core strength. I know that if i work on this I will be a faster runner. However it ranks behind, balancing the checkbook, putting dishes away before they pile up again, how did that ball of hair grow behind the bathroom door without me finding it before it was larger than our 12 pound cat?…if I figure out a way to have Thanksgiving somewhere else, then I won’t have to clean the oven, forgot vacuum bags again, yes I will braid your hair although I was supposed to be out the door 8 minutes ago.

    For the love of all that is holy, please send me an abbreviated form of a book that has been on my “Running To Read” list forever. Needing a little Chi love here.

    Might be time to head back to yoga after this marathon, mama needs some zen.

  135. I try to be conscious of my form, mostly focusing on keeping my core strong and the rest of my body loose. I thought I was doing pretty well, but after watching me at a race, my sister said that I needed to loosen up because my shoulders, neck, and arms were very tense. These are some of the specific areas I focus on keeping loose when running, so obviously I have lots of room for improvement.

  136. I’ve read Chi Running and have been trying to implement some form changes for about a year. I still struggle with relaxing my shoulders and leaning from the ankles instead of the waist. I don’t pick up my feet enough, either, since I’ve tripped and fallen THREE times while running this year. Maybe the DVD would help. 🙂

  137. my form stinks. in addition to often looking like I am carrying a piano on my back, I barely lift my feet of the ground when I am in motion. therefore, every race pic ever made of me depicts a woman shuffling, almost falling. and my back hurts.
    oddly though, I do love to run. and I do still run almost every day.
    I think I could really benefit from some chi.
    much love to you all!

  138. My running form is something I am constantly trying to improve. I have a awful IT band problem and I will try anything help it.

  139. I carry my arms to high and my shoulders get tight. I had to stop mid-marathon to get an ice pack for my shoulder/neck area. ughh

  140. I have a lack of form. Never really paid too much attention to it, just sort of start running. Until I read, “Born to Run.” The book totally got me more aware of my form, or like I said lack of, but I still don’t really know what to do about it. This DVD would be so helpful!

  141. I have pretty good form and because of that I don’t get injured. However, during some of my longer runs, I will have to force myself to put my shoulders back and take deep breathes, filling my lungs all the way. The quickest way to fatigue is short breathing. I’m not sure if Danny talks about that in Chi running, but it’s been my experience anyway.

  142. I have been trying to work on my form since I ran my second half marathon in October. After the race I could barely walk and have been suffering with tendonitis in my quadricep ever since. Toward the end of the half my hips felt like they were coming detached from the rest of my body..I’m thinking this is not good and I know I need to strengthen my core.

  143. I’ve been called a “chi runner” because I dont use any gadgets or training programs, or measure my pace.
    I have quite an obsessive personality and I know that if I get me one of those garmins, I will stop enjoying the running and it will become an oriented task.

    I would like to know more about “chi running” and continue to enjoy my runs

  144. my chi sucks it. boo! i thought after starting to train for the san antonio half this november, i was doing great on form, but apparently, it wasn’t so great after i started to hit 7 miles. i topped out at 8, then my knee reduced me down to 4 within two weeks. in recent weeks, i can run no more than 3. then, in true anti chi form, i did a halloween fun run of 7.5k….”around” a golf course. only here, “around” meant “through” and the ups and downs did me in (particularly because i run in the flattest part of the world 0 ft. above sea level.)

    what’s helped a bit and allows me to consistently run about 4 miles is my pair of five fingers bikilas. they force me to think about form THE. WHOLE. RUN. not just at the beginning when my mind and legs are fresh.

    suffice it to say, any near future 10k’s are out as is my bank account of the $100 fee to have entered into the san antonio half. hmmmmm….maybe i shouldve invested it in these darned dvd’s instead.

  145. I was recently told (before running my first marathon) that I tend to hold my body straight up when I run. The faster I’m going, the straighter I get. This ends up making my lower back mad. I think it is all due to a weak abdomen, which has been my physical Achilles heel almost all my life. So a big goal post-marathon has been to strengthen my core, front and back. Am tackling that with twice weekly Barre and TRX classes. No pain, no gain!

  146. I used to be a heavy heel striker and over the past year or so I’ve been trying to land more on my mid-foot. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I land, trying to land more underneath my body rather than in front of my body. I also think about shortening my stride and pretend I’m running on hot coals. Some days I just try to think,”Fast, smooth, easy, light.” I picked that up from the book Born to Run.

  147. just jumped back in to running. form…..well I know it matters, the most I can worry about as I am huffing and puffing is keeping my shoulders from hunching up to my ears. I also pretend I am holding little baby chics in my hands to keep my hands relaxed and open!

  148. I must say, my “form” is anything but! I TRY to lean forward, move my arms forward and back, not side to side and take short quick steps, but fatigue sets in, my mind wanders and I settle back into old habits. I find my arms swinging across my chest, my hands clenched and my strides lengthening to try to speed up and just get it done. I need more discipline and with the plantar fasciitis, hip bursitis and sciatica, you think I would just do it! No time like the present!

  149. I do occasionally, but moreso only when I’m hurting. I know if I stand up straighter, and mindfully quit stomping, my knees will get better and honestly, running gets easier. I just get lazy…

  150. i have no particular form but i do have achilles tendonitis, plantar fasc and baaaad ankles. i’ve heard of chi, looked at it a bit, but maybe should take it more seriously! i’ve known not to heel strike but that is as far as my knowledge extends.

  151. to tell the truth — the only things i think about when i’m running is….are my knees hurting yet? can i keep going? and maybe, look — another runner — smile and wave.

  152. This would be an awesome one year anniversary of running gift!

    In the last month and a half, I have changed my form from a heel strike to a forefoot strike. It’s slowed my pace down by quite a bit, but my ankle tendons are no longer screaming at me.

    As a newbie, I know that my core/trunk is still not correct form. Not sure how to correct it …. this dvd would greatly help in that arena.

    My goal is to continue running until I die. I want to be a 80 or 90 year old and still run a race. To do that, I need to learn to stay injury free.

  153. This is so interesting to me — had never heard of this book before reading your post, Dimity. I have been feeling lately that there’s a hurdle of some sort blocking me from getting to that next level (feeling stronger, faster). It’s not that I’m feeling awful running, but I just can’t help thinking I should be at a different point (on paper, I feel like I’m doing all the right things). I’m thinking my form is decent, and I’m happy to say pilates on the reformer over the past year has made a big difference, but perhaps there’s more I should be doing to fully engage my core/spine when I am running. Would love a copy of this book! 🙂

  154. I haven’t thought much about my form since highschool when the track coach would yell at me to relax my arms…thought lately I’ve been having some IT band issues lately….maybe it is time to take a better look.

  155. Oh these sound fascinating!!! I have had some struggle with my lack there of running form. My runs were becoming tough and a struggle…I couldn’t figure out why. I am reading Run Like A Mother now and dheard some tid bits about keeping my back straight and head reaching for the sky. This has helped tremendously and my past weeks running has been awesome, like I could go forever. I feel my core engaged and the rest relaxed, it sounds very similar to needle/noodle metaphor.

  156. So I started to read ChiRunning about a year ago. It corrected (after a few VERY mindful months) my years of dancer/”womanly” posture. You know the posture that teaches us to arch our backs to stick out our boobs and butt…. Amazing how much better my back feels after a run. But then I somehow lost the book on a cross country move and lost out on all the other insights. And judging by my never fully healing groin injury I’m doing something wrong.

  157. You know, I never paid attention to my form when I started. For crying out loud, I ran one direction around a park on a sidewalk. Can you say ITB issues? I made it through several 5K’s and a 10K…and then had to take a break due to pain. I worked my way slowly back into running. While I didn’t make conscious form changes or choices, I did change. After running my second 10K, one where I felt great most of the way, my parents (my ever-supporting fans and fellow runners) noticed that my form had changed. I no longer went airborne…as most of my race pictures show me. I kept myself low to the ground wasting little energy. For me, I concentrate on keeping my core tight, my elbows back, my head up. It’s not perfect, and I would love to learn more, but it’s working for now.

  158. In my mind, I have great form. Then I saw a finish line photo from a 1/2 marathon I did recently. Apparently, I let my arms cross in front of me while I run. My sweaty arms must have been grazing “the girls” and it looked like I was lactating. Since, I have been paying extra attention to the way I swing my arms! I have read the ChiRunning book and love it. I am asking for the DVD for Christmas.

  159. I love the Deyer’s book, Chi Running. I got this book when I first started running this April. I had heard about Chi Running and Pose Method of running. I wanted to start out running in a way that wouldn’t cause injury. I wear Vibram five finger shoes to run in. I like being able to “feel” the ground without worrying about getting cut by debris. I ordered and read the Chi Running book and have had great results. My husband would now like to start running with me…and I would LOVE that 🙂 He is not a book reader. I kept telling him I needed to get him the DVD. I hope we win a copy. We will put it to great use. I have shared my book with others who are just starting to run. I will do the same thing with the DVD.

    Thanks Danny and Katherine for making this sport work for so many more people with your Chi Running methods and techniques 🙂

  160. This book is actually on my Christmas wishlist. I am conscious about my form but of course that fades with the miles… definitely need to work on this.

  161. I have skimmed through the book once and am rereading it slowly… It does sound like a miracle. When I got done with Hood to Coast this year my massage guy asked if I ran ON my shoulders. I try to think about my spine being straight and imagine it being pulled up as if there was a string that came out of the top of my head, but my neck and shoulders are griping from my 6 miles yesterday. Yes, definitely a work in progress!

  162. My form stinks, which is likely why I have such a rocky relationship with running. I used to heel strike and get blisters and pain in my feet, but after switching to Nike Frees no longer have that problem. Now it’s my spine. I have to constantly remind myself by raising up my arms to reset my chest and straighten my spine. It helps me go faster but gets annoying to remember every 1/4 mile. This program sounds like it’s right up my alley!

  163. Another new runner here (started couch to 5K in May) who hasn’t done much about form. However, I do suffer some aches and pains around running (hip, ankle, knee), so the idea that there’s a way to run without injury is very enticing. I did get my form checked by a coach who came to speak at our running club and he said my arm movement was good, but I should lean forward a little more from the waist, so I try to think about that sometimes. My husband is one of those barefoot runners, so I also try to think about shortening my stride sometimes, but that one is harder to tell if I’m doing it right.

  164. Years ago someone told me that if you can hear your footsteps, you’re running too hard (speed workouts not withstanding). I have no idea if this is true or not, it’s probably not, but years later I still find myself trying to run in silence. I find that if I feel good, if I am landing on my forefoot, if my stride is strong (and if I’m not running on something crunchy like sticks, leaves, gravel, etc.) my footfalls are barely a whisper. As fatigue sets in, my heels land first and every stride takes more effort than the one before it, you could probably hear me coming a half mile away. Some days my feet announce my fatigue a few minutes before my leg muscles do, as if I actually wanted advance warning…

  165. When I run, I think about 2 things…landing in the middle of my foot(no heel strike) & loose shoulders. And how much everything is jiggling…but that has nothing to do with form. Hey, that would be a great book…a book to tell me how to stop the jiggling. 🙂

  166. I would love to win this. I have my sights focused on my second marathon in May but still struggle with my whole right side! IT issues, hip imbalaces, severe pirfomis pain you name it. If I could transplant this quarter of my body I would 🙂 It seems like icing, stretching, strengthening is full time job!

  167. When I’m running and I think about form, not once has it been because it is great and I feel so damn good. It’s because something, usually my shoulder, starts nagging. I do a little shimmy to losen up everything then repeat to myself: strong abs, lose shoulders, fresh legs. That helps, but obviously I’ve still got lots to work on. Thanks for the reminder.

  168. This give-away is right up my alley!!! Having just finished week 4 of the Doc’s ordered 6-8 weeks of NO running, I still have no idea what I did to injure my hip and am dreading having it happen again. I have ambitions, baby. And no time to fit in a single PT appointment unless they have midnight hours. So, I am hoping that the break from running and a little more strengthening is what I need to get back out there. Maybe some Chi running is what I need to STAY out there.

  169. Lately I have tried to pay more attention to my form, but it’s hard when the mind goes elsewhere. I think my form is worst in the first mile and in the last mile of any run. I would love to learn how to establish/maintain good form throughout a run, no matter the length of the runs. This is an awesome give away!

  170. I try to pay attention to my form when I run, but a lot of the time my mind will drift and so will my form. One thing that will bring my focus back to my form is if I start hearing my feet clomping loudly. Then I know I need to adjust something.

  171. Hi Dimity- yay for Chi Running! It killed my IT agony of many years along with the aches and pains that my entire left side seemed to carry after almost every run. Thanks for sharing this info. I hope others get to enjoy the benefits of it. ~Laura

  172. form? what form? I have been trying to pay more attention lately and it has maybe? helped. I am trying to be conscious of where my foot lands. All that paying attention can be tiring. I sure would love a DVD. you are right reading a whole book takes months these days.

  173. I’m new to RLAM, actually I pretty new to running. Completed my first 5K in Sept. and just know I have it in my heart to go further with my new found addiction. That said, I’m a chicken. Very afraid of injuries, especially to the knees, so I’ve been relegating myself to treadmill workouts and get pretty bored. Would love to break out of that mindset and “hit the road”. The “chi” idea has really peaked my interest because I know anytime you go into anything with physical or mental tension, you won’t be operating on all cylinders.
    As for my running style…..I don’t have one. Haven’t really tuned into my running motion and all I can tell you is the guy at the running store said I’ve got a good balanced stride and can run in a neutral shoe. I promise now to start listening to my body more and think of my spine as a needle and my limbs as noodles LOL! With time, I’ll build up the nerve to get out and smell the flowers while running. Thank you for your post 🙂

    1. Rose,

      Get outside and enjoy running – believe it or not you are at greater risk (at least form and technique-wise) to do damage on the treadmill as it is such an unnatural state. Gradual progress is the key; find somewhere you enjoy being and slowly increase your distance as you work on form.

  174. I know I do better when I’m conscious of my core when I run… I’m a new runner (barely doing any distance) and in my mid 50’s, I’ve got hip pain and butt (hamstring attachment) pain… I’d love to learn how to run ‘Chi”.

  175. I have read the book a couple of times and tried to use the techiniques–so far I run injury-free, but a dvd would help me understand and see what it is supposed to look like (visual learner here)!

  176. A year or so ago, I landed badly on the stairs and did quite a number on my tail bone. As it healed, the only comfortable way for me to walk and run fitness-wise was bare-footed. Since then, I have switched to a more minimalist shoe and run at least once or twice a week in bare feet. I don’t know that I’m in perfect “chi” form, but I certainly feel that I am more in tune with my body and the way it responds to running.

  177. The only lesson on form I ever received were when I ran on my high school cross country team (15 years ago!) . I have been an on/off runner ever since and am not sure I am running properly. I am training for a half now and this would help me sooooo much!

  178. I’m currently sidelined with a pelvic stress fracture and torn adductor (as I was supposed to be running my first half this weekend *sob*). I know when I’m finally cleared to run, I have got to work on form. It’s something I’ve never given much thought to, and probably why I’m not only injured but “broken” as my doctor so eloquently put it. It might be that ChiRunning is exactly what I need!

  179. I’m still a newbie runner only been doing this for 4 1/2 months so I’m sure my “style” {or lack therof!} is off… I am guessing I do something wrong since my lower back is often sore. I’ve heard of this book but never taken the time to check it out, guess it’s time!

  180. I’ve read the book – ok, not every word- and applied everything I can remember. It has changed everything about the way I run. I want to share this experience with my husband, who has knee and back pain due to some military parachuting incidents, but he’s not really a reader. If you are married you probably also realize there is no teacher/student relationship going on here either. A DVD would be perfect!!! He’s offered to try to join me in making running our family activity (all 3 kids already join me on in races: 1m,5k,10k) but is awlays so stiff and sore afterwards that it isn’t enjoyable. Would love a shot at sharing this with him!

  181. I have the book and have looked into the seminars…$$$ for a half or full day class. eek So I would hope a DVD would help! I know it would be helpful to me because my form is off because I’ve seen it in pictures and my husband has commented on it when he saw me run a race. I was stiff, arms clenched to my sides. Just horrible. I think my street form is different than my treadmill form as well. I have no idea how to correct it because a trainer told me that on the treadmill I look fine, my legs stretch out, my arms are loose (not all Phoebe crazy, wild loose) so something is off. I also wonder if it’s part of the problem of overpronating to on one side. 🙁 I need help!

  182. I could really use this! My knees have been really acting up, and then my husband mentioned that when I run, I only run from the knees down, my upper legs are motionless. Hmmm, I took notice and it’s true, I could use some serious changes.

  183. i NEED this!!!! i have been plagued by injuries for most of this year. i tried to read this book and i just didnt get it. i tried working on my posture and gait, but i dont feel a difference. i tried some of the exercises too, but still no change. im a visual person so its hard for me to learn by reading!!! ive even thought about going to a ChiRunning class, but dont think i can sink the money into it right now. maybe the DVD will help

  184. I have heard a little bit about chiRunning but never really looked into it. It is new here in Aus but looks interesting.
    I find my form starts deteriorating when i get tired, or bored. I had read somewhere about form and focusing 10m ahead and keeping the shoulders relaxed. I usually get my first cue as to a lack of form by a slight head tilt/shoulder tilt towards the right, and then i have to start fixing myself up.

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