Danny Dreyer: ChiRunning, Ultramarathon Training, And How to Run Without Your Legs

Danny Dreyer on The Fat-Burning Man Show

Today’s guest is Danny Dreyer, author of the bestselling book, ChiRunning. Years ago, ChiRunning played a critical role in encouraging me to question my relationship with movement and training, which ultimately snowballed into rethinking the way I ate as well. I don’t often go out on a limb to recommend the hundreds of books I read a year, but this is one that quite literally changed my life and I encourage you to take a read.

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Onto the show with Danny. We chat about:

  • What it’s like to run without your legs.
  • Why training for high-performance can make you perform poorly
  • How to run an ultra-marathon without dying.

Here’s the show.

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  1. Jacob Bender says:

    Great episode. Danny mentions a gentleman from Ireland how is doing work that elicits the same benefits as HighAlt Training, wondering if you have any info on that gentleman, can seem to find a site or contact, but would like to look further into what he’s doing.

    Keep up the exploration

  2. I listened to this episode several months ago while training for the Nashville 1/2 marathon. I was experiencing some minor knee issues, so this episode inspired me to try it out. I’ve been following the Chi Marathon program in order to run a full marathon in Savannah, GA this November, and it’s been a HUGE blessing (and asset) for me. I’ve already shed 1:15 off my average mile, and I’m feeling great while running!

    After reading/listening to the positive benefits of HIIT and sprinting, I’m wondering if I should continue long distance running or pull the plug on it now. I really enjoy it for the time outdoors and the competition, but I want to do my body more good than harm!

    Do you think long distance running can be helpful to your body/health in the long term?

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