If you've never had any knee pains from running, you're one of the few, lucky people who haven't. Count your blessings and go find something else to read. But, if you're like the rest of us who have dealt with some form of "runner's knee," here's a pretty easy way to prevent the most common impact injuries to the knee. read more...
I often hear the question, “What do you want?”
What do you want for Christmas? What do you want to do this weekend? What do you want for dinner? What do you want to do for your next running event?
It’s the number one question in most self help books. You can’t get what you want unless you know what you’re aiming for!
One of the main things I see inefficient runners do, is swing their legs in a low, pendular swing. If your foot swings forward as it meets the oncoming road, that braking motion creates an impact felt in your knees, hips and lower back. This braking motion not only creates more impact to your body, it makes your muscles work harder than is necessary. In the Chi Running method, the most efficient leg swing is one in which your foot swings rearward the instant it hits the ground. In the best case scenario, it's actually moving rearward at the same speed as the oncoming road. This creates the least amount of braking and horizontal impact at the moment of touchdown.
So, how do you keep from swinging into the road and get your foot to come straight down onto the road?
Soft Power is a skill. It's the ability to respond to any given set of circumstances in a way that creates the simplest, the most economical, and yet ironically, the most productive outcome. It is the ability to body sense, intuitively understand and respond naturally and appropriately to any situation with which you are presented. This is one of the underlying principles upon which T'ai Chi is based; it's a principle born out of the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism.
Back in the days before Chi Running, whenever I thought about running faster, my mind would immediately slip into fear mode. OMG, it's so much work… I'm going to be breathing really hard… I don't have enough strength… it's going to be so much EFFORT!
In Chi Running, one of our basic goals is injury prevention. You can basically divide almost all running injuries (outside of accidents) to one of two categories: overuse and impact. I've never taken the time to study which one creates more injuries, but I'd be curious to find out. Today I'm talking about impact.
I'm sure that many of you have heard of the lawsuit incurred by Vibram for claiming that wearing their minimalist shoes would help strengthen you body and make you run better. Because of this lawsuit, many so-called experts are trying to tie injury-rates from minimalist shoes to the fault of the shoes, or even to the manufacturer. This is misleading, at best.