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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The 20MR Episode 61: Chi Basics #2, "How to correct overpronation"



It's official, as the opening tag to Episode 61 states: I am now a convert to Chi Running. While it has taken me 6 weeks or so to admit it, I fully endorse this new-found method of running form. The pros are simply too great: less injury, more energy, more efficiency, and quicker recovery, just to name a few. If you have not followed the last couple of episodes related to the Chi Running concept, you might want to do so now, especially #s 57, 58 and 60. You might want to listen to those first before hearing this one.

I am at the beginning of several weeks of discussing the technique and philosophy relative to Chi Running. Danny Dreyer, author of Chi Running, and our instructor in the videos I am sharing at this blog, is the founder and "guru" of the method. Check out his website at ChiRunning.com.

This episode covers how to correct overpronation--and supination as well for that matter. We discuss in some detail:
  1. How running with our feet pointed at an angle creates tension in the knees and hips, thus producing problems. This is the basic problem with pronation.
  2. The importance of running with the whole leg pointed straight ahead, not just the feet.
  3. The necessity of balancing the feet, virtually eliminating pronation at the source.
  4. How to level the pelvis.
  5. The art of balancing our feet.
After the discussion, we also throw in an update on my most recent venture: Jalapeno Jelly. It is not as firm as I'd hoped, but very good, none-the-less. We close with some emails from listeners. Thanks for the feedback.

While you're here, why not click the "email me" button and send me a photo to post at this blog with the other 20MR podcast listeners. I would love to have a snapshot of you, whether you're running or not. Be sure and include your name and where you run.

Finally, please share the podcast/blog information with your running friends. New listeners are coming on weekly; I'd appreciate your help in getting the word out, especially for others who may be experimenting with the Chi Running method.

Are the podcasts helping you? Let me know. Is the discussion of Chi Running helping you to run more efficiently and with less injury? I want to hear from you. I will be glad to share your feedback in an upcoming episode. So, be sure and practice your Chi, and as always,

Thanks for sharing some of the road with me,

The 20 Minute (Chi) Runner

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