This Is Where ChiRunning Comes In
Chi Running is a running technique devised specifically to ensure that your training is smooth, pain and injury free. While regular running techniques focus solely on speed, Chi Running focuses on running methodology that makes sure your race is lighter, less stressful before it builds on gaining distance and momentum. Chi Running allows a runner to maintain a lighter stance, which decreases the gravitational pull on the body, as well as reducing the load on the legs. A mid-foot strike, a solidly strengthened core and a lean stance of the body decreases the weight that falls on the kneecaps, hence enabling the runner to maintain a proper biomechanical base.
A runner that is aware of their capabilities and limits works efficiently towards improving their technique first. So to avoid overtraining, here’s what we suggest. Train differently. Try the Chi Running technique and work towards improving the mechanics of your footfall and stride. Then focus on your breathing and balance. When you feel you have that in control, steer your training towards distance and speed training.
When your body is unable to keep up with what your mind wishes to accomplish, you suffer from a setback as severe as the overtraining syndrome. So relax, take it easy, train continuously, but prepare effectively. If you are one of those runners verging on the edge of overexerting yourself, it’s time to stop, reflect and maybe give ChiRunning a chance. It’s a tried and tested technique, who knows, it might even work for you.