On Saturday, July 25, Susie is leading a Chi Running Workshop at the Pavilion at the Northside YMCA.
Founder Danny Dreyer started teaching this technique in 1999 and has since written several books, trained teachers, and enhanced pain-free running for his clients. He saw a need for new running techniques that allowed runners to build distance without repeating injury. After 12 years of developing the program and skills, he started teaching it to others.
Chi Running encourages participants to view running as a skill that is practiced. Using biomechanics and Tai Chi, the program teaches improved posture and core strength to allow gravity to make running easier on the body. Chi Running brings a body-awareness to running and fosters physical curiosity, awareness, listening, and discovering. Running is used as an experiment to learn how to interpret pain and adjust technique to fix the discomfort. This awareness and adjustment method prevents some of the injury that can occur when the body’s reactions are ignored or pain is pushed through.
According to Dreyer, injuries aren’t caused by running itself, injuries are caused by how the body runs. And Chi Running provides additional instruction beyond “just go out and run.”
Susie O’Brian was motivated by her own experience with Chi Running to become an instructor. She experienced injuries and was told she would not run again. She believed that until she found Chi Running. She is running marathons again. She wants to give new runners, returning runners, and seasoned runners the tools to run with a lower rate of injury and higher enjoyment.
Susie describes the Chi Running Workshop as follows:
The Chi Running Essentials workshop includes several hours of instruction in a single 1/2 day course. The Instructor will be guiding you through many exercises and drills designed to leave you with a clear sense of what the Chi Running technique feels like in your body. We will not be doing lots of running (contrary to what you might imagine), so no matter what condition you are in, have no fear. We will spend time alternating between demonstrations, fun exercises and technique drills … the nature of the day will be relaxed, full and inspiring.
You can read more about Susie here.
The Lexington Chi Running Essentials Workshop will be held at the Northside YMCA Pavilion on July 25 from 8am-noon. The cost for the workshop is $125.You can find registration information here.