It works, and I’ve noticed almost immediate improvement. Apparently, this old dog was direly in need of a new trick.
While discussing running with a fellow in the gym, he turned me on to a running technique called “Chi running.”
Up until now, my style of running has been “power running” and striking on my heels. I knew I always pronated, but I didn’t realize how bad landing on your heels is when running. After all, that’s where the extra cushioning on running shoes is.
In power running, I extended my leg forward, landed on my heel, which counters your momentum, then “launched” forward again as I brought my leg back.
In Chi running, one leans forward slightly, so that your body is in a straight line, landing on the flat of the foot directly under your center of gravity, and extending each leg backwards as you stride.
As you pick up your pace, you extend your stride backward instead of forward. It’s almost like “falling forward” the whole time.
Another technique of Chi running is to keep a constant cadence, steps per minute, regardless of your speed. You then vary your speed by the length of stride, keeping the same steps per minute.
I bought a book, and watched some Youtube videos (search “chi running”), and have been practicing for a couple of weeks. It is noticeably more efficient for my distance runs. I can go faster with the same amount of expended energy, and be less sore afterwards, or go the same speed with less effort and be much more comfortable.
Proponents claim it results in much less injury too. I was noticing some joint and lower back pain towards the end of my longer runs, and that seems to have abated.
Whether you’re just a duffer or a serious jogger/runner, I recommend checking it out at Amazon, or at Youtube.