Comment from: Mary Lindahl [Visitor]
Mary Lindahl

Thank you David for such an excellent presentation of ChiRunning! My experience parallels yours. I had over 25 years of knee pain before discovering ChiRunning in 2004. With aligned posture, an engaged core, a mid-foot (full foot) strike, a slight forward lean from the ankles and a pelvic rotation that cooperates with the force of the road, I have been running pain-free for over five years. Like you, I am using a more neutral, minimalist shoe and am transitioning to the VFF from the NB 790 and the Nike Free 3.0.

03/29/10 @ 10:13
Comment from: SnafRun [Visitor]  
SnafRun

I read this book when I started running with Vibram FiveFingers. Ultimately, I like a lot of the posture and relaxation suggestions in the book and feel it lends itself well to barefoot running except for one thing. I've been suffering (and seemingly just figured out how to prevent) the dreaded 'top of the foot' pain that a lot of folks seem to get with VFFs. There are a couple things that seem to exacerbate it, one is the ChiRunning "slight lean forward"; it seems to put a lot of pressure on the top of your feet to keep you upright. I've found that three things have helped me recover from that injury. One is not leaning forward, just keeping my posture very upright but relaxed. Second is making very sure I do a nice half mile fast walk before running to warm my feet up. Third is stretch and/or foam roll your calves after your run. Some literature I saw suggests tight calves pull on the ligament/tendons/etc on the top of your foot.
I just thought I'd at my 2 cents since I feel the lean may lead to injury. Before I get slammed with folks saying I was over-leaning. I read the book and understand it's a slight lean to let your body work with gravity (which I'm skeptical about anyway but whatever). Barefoot/minimalist runners may just want to pay attention to your body when following that advice in my humble opinion.

03/29/10 @ 10:18
Comment from: Minimal-Chris [Visitor]  
Minimal-Chris

Nice information David.

I read the book when I got back into my running a year ago April. I trained my stride to be better aligned with feet directed forward and with a more forefoot focused landing. Much more comfortable.

I am a slow runner but have trained successfully and completed two marathons, November 09 and the second two weeks ago.

Prior to the most recent marathon I began exploring barefoot running and improved my form and cadence to a point where I completed 6 miles without too much wear and no sores on my feet (variety of hard surfaces).

I am now primarily running in VFF-Sprints and LOVE them. I have done 3 consecutive 6 mile days with sore calves but otherwise feeling very positive. I feel like by being introduced to Chi-running early on everything I have accomplished to date was possible.

03/29/10 @ 20:10
Comment from: Jeepman [Visitor]
Jeepman

Chi Running is much better than heel striking, but leaves too much on the table. The most efficient and and injury resistant form is Pose Method. I know because I've done all three; heel strike, Chi, and Pose.

04/01/10 @ 19:50
Comment from: hinogi [Visitor]
hinogi

I'm not sure about all the content of the concept of chi running and full foot strike. For example, sure it would be cool if you could run like constant falling but in a gravitational field you falling speed goes by square so to archive a constant runnings speed you need some braking so that is part of the concept of running I guess. I'm also not quite sure if its a good way if the feet are so far behind the body's center of gravity but that may depend on the speed maybe.

04/03/10 @ 12:15
Comment from: hinogi [Visitor]
hinogi

Also I made up my mind about full foot strike. Its better than heel strike because it is distributing the impact force of a strike to the whole foot in the first place, but with a forefoot strike you get rid of a part of the impact force that is lost in the rotational motion that the foot follows to fully strike the ground, with a full foot strike you just distribute the force different and with a forefoot strike you have a more complex motion that transforms impact to rotational. Just my 2 cents :P

04/03/10 @ 13:12
Comment from: James Martin [Visitor]
James Martin

Reading alot of information on this board. What I find interesting is that alot of these changes in running mechanics happen naturally in trail running. To avoid, rocks, roots, changing pace...etc. The on thing I am not sold on is speed. Do you think this increases your speed?

04/08/10 @ 12:14
Comment from: Jawa [Visitor]
Jawa

I have been chi running with Vibram for the past 9 months. Great combination with Vibram helping to land on midfoot naturally.

04/14/10 @ 22:43