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Posted Jul 28 2008 8:14pm

I recently picked up a book calledChiRunningat my local bookstore. I have been practicing Taiji for several years now, though I haven’t attended classes in several years. I’ve been afraid that I’m diverging from where I should be because of lack of corrections from my teacher. Hopefully in the next year or two I will go back to school.

Taiji is an ancient (i.e. traditional) Chinese martial art and exercise. Meld that with the most fundamental and oldest form of human exercise in existence and you have ChiRunning.

I thought it would be interesting to see how application of Taiji principles to running would affect my marathon training. I am about 1/3 through the book now and already it has revolutionized my running. Running used to be a chore and 30-50 minutes of unpleasantness. Now I actually look forward to my runs and miss running on my off days. What used to be difficult now feels almost effortless.

As far as the book goes, the first four chapters seem a bit repetitive and there to just increase the page count. They could be compressed into 1 chapter in my opinion. It matters not. The techniques Danny presents starting in chapter 4 are well worth wading through the first 4 to get to.

This book is a must read for anyone who runs, even if you’ve never done Taiji.

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