No doubt about it… it sucks to get a running injury. Your training gets disrupted… you can’t go hang with your friends on a cruise through the ‘hood and it brings up flashbacks of being grounded as a kid. Nobody likes it.
We do our best to teach you how to not get injured in the first place, but if you find yourself injured we’ve still got your back. When you’re working your way out of an injury there are always “best practices” and “not-so-best practices.” So, here are some tips to get you back out there with your buds without any of those pesky setbacks that can happen if you overdo your rehab.
Rafa and Amelia, our amazing Certified Instructors in Spain, are partners in running and partners in life! Their tireless efforts continue to bring the magic of ChiRunning and ChiWalking to their community in Madrid, and throughout the country. Read their interviews below, and get inspired!
All events in Nature occur in cycles and rhythms. Some occur outside of us, such as the seasons, the lunar cycles, the rising and setting of the sun. And, some happen within us — our sleep cycles, our breath and heart rates, or the automatic tap our toes when we hear a catchy beat. We all tend to seek order in our lives: when faced with chaos and irregularity, we tend to feel ill at ease until order has been restored. Soft rhythms and rocking are often used to help soothe and calm agitated or overactive children. Rhythm is one of the fundamental elements of Life.
Danny can't tell you how many people come up to him at a ChiRunning class and tell me, "I just want to get faster." He agrees. It's great to get faster. Speed can be exhilarating, inspiring, and definitely lots of fun. But if your speed isn't grounded in a base of proper technique, it can easily turn into a trade-off between speed and injury. It can also be a lot more work to run faster if you're not an efficient runner. In Danny's longtime practice of T'ai Chi he's learned that speed never comes from force… it comes from relaxation.
Maggie MacGill, one of our talented ChiRunning/ChiWalking Instructors, submitted this story on the Life Lessons she's learned from ChiRunning:
I have learned so much about life through running. I think I could write forever on this topic. The mental clarity, emotional peace a physical calm that I gain from my Chi Running® practice is worth every moment of persistent practice. Here are some life lessons that spring to mind...
Recently the New York Times published an article that had many runners excited about the implications. For years, running has been lauded as a sport that even if not downright bad for your knees, certainly isn’t good for them.
Good news! According to the New York Times, running may in fact benefit the joint, changing the biochemical environment inside the knee in ways that could help keep it working smoothly.
This month, we are highlighting our amazing Senior Certified Instructor, Soledad Darquea, from Ecuador! Read more to learn about her favorite focuses in ChiRunning, her hardest race and who her favorite cheerleader is on the sidelines.
This time of year can be an extremely confusing period for many people. Riding the wave of the holidays, we can lose ourselves in deep interactions with family and friends. But once January hits, a wave of simultaneous stress and exhaustion washes over us. This year in particular has left many feeling apprehensive for what the future holds.
For managing stress, ChiRunning is uniquely suited to help - not only to relieve stress, but to reorient the mind and body to one another, promoting true revitalization and peace. Though all aspects of ChiRunning can be utilized with great results, these five aspects stand out among the rest...