Chi Marathon: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half Marathon and Marathon

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 13, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 292 pages
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From the authors of the bestselling Chi Running, a game-changing training guide for injury-free long distance running.

In Chi Marathon, Danny Dreyer, creator of the revolutionary ChiRunning program, highly respected running coach, and accomplished distance runner, takes a whole-body approach to long-distance running—much like T’ai Chi—making ease and efficiency of movement the prime goal of one’s training. Chi Marathon is the first book to focus not on building stamina first (though that is covered here) but on how to run all those miles without harming your body. A staggering 80 to 90 percent of marathoners face injuries during their training. This book debunks the myth that marathoners need to push through and beyond pain, and presents a technique-based plan for pain- and injury-free, high-performance half and full marathons. Chi Marathon also shows how to improve your performance by developing your own race-specific training plan tailored to your event, and will help you cross the finish line feeling strong no matter your age, body type, or running ability.

-Run a marathon or half marathon free of pain and injury

-Transform your racing with the training triad: form, conditioning, and mastery

-Tap into your chi, an energy source more powerful and enduring than muscles

-Teach your mind and body to work together as a team and master your event

This is the book that distance runners have been waiting for. With Chi Marathon you can enjoy the run and feel confident no matter the distance.
 

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Contents

The Many Faces of the Marathon
3
Phase I Vision Goals and Planning
24
Phase II The Technique Phase
51
Phase III The Conditioning Phase
92
Phase IV The Mastery Phase
128
Phase V Taper Time
142
Phase VI Race Weekend
149
Phase VII Rest and Renewal
162
Advanced ChiRunning Techniques
173
Training the Whole Person Lifestyle Components
191
Acknowledgments
207
Beginner marathon Training Program
231
form focuses
267
Pace Charts
275
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About the author (2012)

Danny Dreyer, an esteemed running coach, is a former nationally ranked ultramarathon runner. He conducts workshops worldwide and lectures frequently at races and events. He is the coauthor, with Katherine Dreyer, of ChiRunning and ChiWalking.
Katherine Dreyer has more than thirty years of experience in the health, personal growth, and fitness fields. She partners with Danny to coordinate the international ChiRunning, ChiWalking, and ChiLiving programs.

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