anyone fancy coming with me?
As the title suggests - i'm looking at going to a Chirunning workshop on June 6th in Leeds. It's £100 per person, or a 10% discount for more than one, so I wondered if anyone who was interested wanted to save a tenner and book together?
Oh thanks - really useful. Nothing like a bit of support on the forum, is there?
A lot of folk could do with sorting out their form ...
I'm in Leeds and interested in running form ... but £90 is still too steep.
Good luck and enjoy.
I've been to a Chi Running Workshop with Sarah and Bridget who run it. There is plenty of evidence to support good running form and many runners don't know what good running form is. Whether it comes under the banner of Chi Running, Pose running or Evolution Running, it doesn't really matter (there are slight differences, or emphasis between these), it does all ruuners good to understand about posture, foot placement, correct lean etc, especially those runners who do marathons, as good running form = more efficient running, and probably less injuries.
I do recommend this workshop, not because I know Sarah and Bridget, but because I've attended one, researched 'good running form' generally and have benifitted personally from it.
They video you running from different angles...be prepared to be shocked at how badly you run!
Hywel Jenkins wrote (see)
Without that it's just homeopathy...
I hear what you're saying about 'wu' but I think the homeopathy comparison is unfair. Homeopathy can only possibly 'work' via the placebo effect. I don't know much about chi running but as far as I know it is based on making real changes to your running technique. As to whether these changes work (in preventing injury or whatever), and whether it's worth paying £90 to find out is another matter, but it's not like anyone's just waving a crystal over your foot. (Are they??)
The book is about a tenner. Go for that.
I think the comparison against homeopathy is reasonably fair - both make health claims and neither provide supporting evidence.
I went to the half day one and I wish I had done the full day. I had read the book and understood it, but there is nothing like another person watching you (and in this case videoing you to provide feedback)
I wonder if HJ hasnever had any coaching and benefitted from it?
YorksLass: And I'm struggling to know whether I'm doing it right or not
That is the key.
Beleive me, what you think you run like is often very different to how you actually run. These workshops take you through all the necessarry body sensing techniques and hands-on advice.I also do Pilates, and that too teaches you correct posture and body awareness. We often think that how we move is perfectly natural, when actually we're badly unbalanced due to years of bad habbits and poor posture.
If you're interested in improving your running over and above the 'power' running mindset; trying to run harder/faster/longer, then it will be money well spent.
@Farnie - no, I haven't. Unless there's evidence for it (indepently verified) or someone else is paying, I'm not interested, regardless of what it is. I don't make decisions based on anecdotal opinion. I know I won't like the taste of dog crap, but I've never eaten that.
@YorkLass - people would have been more supportive if you'd chosen something that isn't based on Wu. Even people who believe in Chi reckon DD has a poor undertanding of it.
I have a collection of rocks that keep dinosaurs away. Anyone want one? They're £15 inc P&P.
Another vote for pilates here too
All of the people who did pilates 'got' the Chi running quicker
There's no evidence for training?
For someone having another objective on your running form?
*stands back to listen to HJ's coaching/running credentials*
@Farnie - "stands back to listen to HJ's coaching/running credentials" Brilliant! What's that got to do with it? All I've said that the whole Chi Running things is based on grounds short of evidence - anyone, runner or not, with a scientific mind could come to the same conclusion: show the evidence and I'll believe it.
My running credentials are probably better than yours. I started running 30 years ago, then did nothing between leaving school and three years ago, when I did my first marathon in 3h46 (two years ago, when I was 38) - while carrying my own water around the hilly Herefordshire country side. 1m PB is 5'27. 5km is 18'1. 10km is 36'54. No injuries, apart from sore nipples and some mild chafing caused by my Camelback.
Now, do you want one of my rocks or not?
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