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Chi Running Techniques

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Question: “Lindsey – I started employing some “Chi running” techniques. Mostly good, but my middle back gets stiff. Your opinion? What to do? thanks”

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To be completely honest, when I first saw your question I had to google “Chi running techniques” to find out what it was!

I’ve never used any of the techniques personally but it definitely sounds like a good thing. With that being said, my opinion with most running related techniques is that if you like it and it helps you then go for it! If it’s causing pain, too much soreness or stiffness (like in your back) then my advice would be maybe to back off a little bit from it if possible and see if that helps, then slowly work your way back to where you are now.

Sometimes when people incorporate new techniques into their running program they’re using muscles that haven’t been developed as much which can cause extra stress and tension to other parts of the body. I’m certainly not saying to just quit doing it, especially if you think it helps and you enjoy doing it, but you possibly may need to take it a little more gradual.

by Lindsey Anderson – Olympian | Professional Athlete

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