Tuesday, July 29, 2008

ChiRunning® and the New Balance 800

A new craze has hit the running world, ChiRunning®, the practice of combining T'ai Chi with high mileage training, is one of the newest trends. ChiRunning® or Mid-foot strike running, is most accredited for decreasing shock to knees and joints, creating a more comfortable ride. This practice takes discipline, especially if you are a forefoot or heel striker.

According to an article released by http://www.snewsnet.com/, ChiRunning® "employs the balance, alignment, and fluidity found in T’ai Chi, with running to create stride mechanics that reduce injury and create a more energy-efficient movement."

With this new running trend, comes a new running shoe to go with it. New Balance is currently the only athletic shoe brand having developed a shoe specifically for ChiRunning®. From the SNEWS article, “The 800 mid-foot strike shoe addresses the biomechanics and performance needs of mid-foot strikers,” says Sean Murphy, advanced products engineering manager at New Balance. “Each attribute and feature was carefully researched, tested, and retested to meet the specific performance needs of these athletes.”

Attention mid-foot strikers! We want to hear from you. The 800 has actually hit our site and we'd love to know how it performs. Or if you are practicing ChiRunning®, let us know how it's going...how do you feel?



Anonymous said...

Totally amazing! NB thinks of everything!!

Anonymous said...

I have used Asics exclusively for over 20 years. Is best to wear a half size larger. I am a ChiRunner and will buy a pair of NB 800. Is there any consideraion for a size adjstment with NB like there is with Asics?

Anonymous said...

Thankyou new balance. I am a classic galloping 800 meter runner with a mid foot strike. This is the first shoe since the short lived Nike Vengeance (~1984) made for mid foot strikers. It is so comfy that I find myself running 50% more miles.

Shop New Balance said...

Sizing can be tricky when dealing with different brands, but I would suggest you start with your Asics size for the NB 800, and adjust the length/width only if needed after testing them out. Stores like www.NBwebexpress.com make it easy for you to get the correct fit for the best performance.