Increasing Speed Using The ChiRunning Technique
When we talk about increasing the speed of your run, we talk about either of the two things, Stride length which is the ground you cover or the frequency of your stride or the cadence or a mix of both that works for you. In ChiRunning, runners are encouraged to run at the optimum cadence of between 170 to 180 foot strides in a minute, depending on one’s height in general. That means we always run at a constant cadence, but allowing our stride length to increase. What does this mean? It means if we were to run faster, with the increase of stride length, we increase the length we cover with every foot stride at the same frequency, that in return will transform to SPEED.
From bio-mechanical stand point, ChiRunning uses “Pelvic Rotation” as a way to allow for a greater stride length in running. This is contradicting to power running of pushing the legs for a greater stride length. With a robust posture and allowing for Pelvic Rotation in the run, this boost the running speed and yet requires minimum effort, therefore saving us precious energy.
While Chi Running is a whole new discipline that may require more conscious practice sessions than what you may be used to. However, it is imperative to note, that once mastered, ChiRunning will ensure that you remain protected from injuries such as shin splints, IT band syndrome, Planter fasciitis, runner’s knee as well as hamstring injuries which are all too common in Power Running.
With the sound principles and running with mindfulness and relaxation approach in ChiRunning, we can run longer, easier, faster and having less injuries.