Borrowed from Annika

I haven’t read many running books and I suspect they have similarities, in that a large part of the beginning of the book was dedicated to telling us how excellent "Chi running" is.  It’s subtitled "A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running".  Basically, it’s an anti- what he calls "power running" (building up muscles for running which are then a) heavy to move around b) restrictive of joint movement) and a call for a more flexible, tai-chi based idea of body-awareness, being in the moment and lightness of foot.  

Amongst the tai-chi theory (which is not pushed down your throat) and the slightly alien concept of running while inclined forwards, which is meant to make gravity help you run and avoid heel-striking (I’m going to try that in my run today) there is a lot of sensible and useful stuff – some great exercises for loosening up the joints and tendons, which I will be taking on board (some of the "loosening up" exercises are suspiciously similar to the usual runners’ stretches) and some good solid advice on building form then distance then speed and preparing for a race.  I was pleased to see I am already an exponent of some of his theories (keeping loose, body aware and relaxed on a downhill run, keeping the arms relaxed etc) but I would imagine most runners would fit this category in some way.  Nice to see he recommends looking at yourself in a shop window to check posture – how I miss our Woolworths and McDonalds on the High Street for that!

Still, an inspiring read, as I find the magazines and the other book I’ve read, and some good stuff to take away and try.