Chi Marathon Running Book Surprised Me

I’ll admit, I saw the word, “Chi” and was scared off at first. When I was given the opportunity to review Chi Marathon: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half Marathon and Marathon, the word pain-free caught my eye. I’m training for my second half marathon this year and having run one, I like the idea of a pain-free half marathon.

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Chi Running Philosophy

Chi Running’s philosophy is based on the idea that humans are born to run (which makes total sense to me.) We were not born to drive a car. Our legs are our built-in mode of transportation.

The Chi in Chi Marathon is for Tai’ Chi because the authors, Danny & Katherine Dreyer have incorporated the philosophies of Tai’ Chi into their running program.

Chi Marathon Training

Chi Marathon works on your mind along with your body when training you for your race. I know that conquering the half marathon is as much a mind game as it is a body game. After reading the first few chapters, I’m convinced that this training plan will have me better prepared for running my next half marathon.

I’m going to train using the Chi Marathon methods and I will keep you posted on my progress. I struggle more with the mental part of running and I do worry about injury from overdoing it and not training correctly.

If the Chi part of the Chi Marathon has stopped you from reading the book, don’t! Read the book!

Let’s Talk About Chi Marathon!

Do you use a “method” of running? Have you had any running injuries? Have you read Chi Running or Chi Marathon? Share your thoughts!

Disclosure: I received the Chi Marathon book in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Affiliate links within the post.


About Michele

A 40-something geek trying to juggle 4 kids, digital lifestyle blog, husband, running, living a healthy lifestyle and still find time for digital scrapbooking. Love Lifestyle Technology, Social Media, Fitness Gaming, Diet Coke, Running, PC & Mac Geek, Reading, Beach and anything with Glitter or Bling! I am addicted to learning and self-help books.

6 thoughts on “Chi Marathon Running Book Surprised Me

  1. I’m in the middle of reading Chi Running and have found that even casually implementing some of the techniques really help reduce the fatigue you feel when running such a long distance. I’ve got to finish the whole thing but I’ve been impressed so far too!

  2. This book is on my list of things to read. I read Chi Running last summer, and I loved the ideas in the book. It really helped me to improve my running form, and I used the concepts over the winter. I really think they helped me to become a better, faster and more efficeint cross country skier, as well. I recommend Chi Running to all my friends who *want* to love to run – but who don’t yet.

  3. I like to do a marathon, but I had never heard of a technique that combines tai’chi and marathon. Does this mean we’ll do the marathon slowly but rhythmically like tai’chi movement. Sorry I have not read the book.

    1. It’s more the thought process you use in tai’ chi than the actual movements. It’s a very interesting concept and it’s made me more aware of how I’m running.

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