While many believe in Chi/Pose running there are just as many who don't...that being said, the newer you are to running, the easier it is to run with that type of form because your musculo-skeletal system has not yet fully developed as a runner.
However, seasoned runners can find this to be very problematic and a HUGE potential injury in the making as they are forcing their bodies to change its adaptation.
The most important thing to remember is, to stand tall, with relaxed shoulders, and do not lean too far back or forward.
As far as shoes...I do run in Newtons, but never would you catch me running in Vibrams or barefoot...just too many potential issues there.
But as the old saying goes, "We are all an experiment of one"
I haven't done as much research on Chi specifically, but have recently started mid/forefoot running and it's made such a difference! I had been getting major IT Band pain in my knee, and since doing this, I've had NONE! I learned this just a few weeks before my first marathon, so as much as I wanted to buy some Newtons (tried them on, really cool and all the reviews are glowing), I got some metatarsal pads from my doctor for $24 which pretty much did the same thing. Ran my marathon yesterday, mostly on mid/forefoot and felt great! Also, if you listen to podcasts, there's one called Brandon's Marathon (www.ironbrandon.com) and he talks about it a lot. Episode 75 is really good. Hope that helps! - Tia
I used to love running, but have been unable to run very much in recent years due to plantar fasciitis and being about 20 lbs overweight. Recently I have heard of running techniques that are supposed to be easier on the body and prevent injury. I have done some internet research on Chi running, Newton shoes, and "natural" running. Does anyone have experience with these? The Chi running DVD's look interesting but expensive. I would love to hear if people think they are worth the money. Thanks for anything you can share on the subject! -Spring.
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