It is a fact that running injuries are quite common, among amateurs and professionals alike.
This book addresses the two main reasons why: poor form and the excessive training coming from feeling a pressure to outdo ourselves, even when our body is not ready.
The author guide us through on how to adapt the posture of our body to make sure our run is as smooth and effortless as possible. This is in sharp with what it could be defined as the "power running" approach, where better performance is deemed to be driven by improvement in muscles and oxygenation achieved putting increasing mileage under one's belt. In "Chi running", on the other hand, the trick is exploiting gravity force, keeping the body relaxed and making more powerful core muscles do most of the work you would expect legs to do.
Running is brougt back to a more natural and carefree dimension, one where, as Lao-tze said, "A good runner leaves no footprints". Running can, then, be seen as a sort of meditation exercise, much like yoga or Tai Chi.
The style of the author is simple and direct, though in such apparent simplicity there are many important embedded concepts and subtleties which is important not to lose; I think it is important to reread some parts of the book (e.g. those where "lean" is explained") several times as devil really lies in the details here.
Several of the concepts are developed from Tai Chi and this is, I think, another important element that differentiates this book from several others on running. Some of its elements can really be applied to other disciplines and pursuits, bringing some of the depth of this ancient Eastern practice in our Western hectic lives....Continua