By Christina | March 2, 2008
I love to run but I suffer from knee pain after about mile 4 – call it age, call it wear and tear from years of exercise, call it whatever you like, it’s real and if I can find a way to run without pain I am all for it. A friend of mine at the gym where I work who is also an avid runner has started running using a philosophy called “Chi Running”. So I decided to research it a bit and thought I would pass on what I found because I know, like me, there are thousands of you out there who love to run but hate the pain that often accompanies it.
Chi Running has helped many people, from beginners to cross country runners to triathletes. Whether you are just a beginner learning to run long distances, or training for a marathon or triathlon, the Chi Running philosophy is one that builds a healthy body, instead of breaking it down from misuse or overuse.
Chi Running assists with knee pain, hip pain, IT Band Syndrome (ITB), hamstring pulls, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, soreness and fatigue. As a trainer I can tell you those are all very common ailments and complaints I hear. Conditioning your mind is just as important as conditioning your body. Chi Running helps you to focus your mind, think about your breath, feel how you land and roll on the foot, lifts your spirit and open up your flow of chi or energy.