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My first coach taught me the most I know about running technique. He is still one of the best teachers I have had trying to make me understand running efficiency. He taught me how to run tall.
My strides have always been long and I was aiming for tall upper body and strong hips. “Pretend you’re proud like the Princess of Wales” he would tell me while I was working on drills; like high knees, sprunglauf etc.
I had never heard of ChiRunning until last night. Searching the Wide World Web I found so much to read about ChiRunning…
I have always thought that a good and efficient technique is important to run good races.
But I didn’t think you needed books and DVD’s to learn how to run relaxed.
It’s important to understand the reason for an injury, prevent it with strength and rehab exercises or change workouts for the sake of variation!
I think a good but also efficient technique depends on how strong you are, if you have stayed injury free for long period, and how much you have practiced. You develop and maintain technique by strength exercises, interval training and competitions.
For me, technique training is most meaning full when I run intervals in a speed that I totally control. If I run very hard, I think it’s difficult to adjust or even think about my arms, hips or legs!
ChiRunning or not? I don’t know. I would say there’s something right in it. But I think you should still focus on a good stride instead of a very short one like in this link.
There’s nothing new to place your feet under your hip when you’re running. At that point we’re agreeing! But, I wouldn’t spend too much money on ChiRunning.
Make sure you stay fit, work on strength exercises like sit-ups, calf rise and back exercises. At least that made me run proud like a princess!