Susie O'BrianCertified ChiRunning and ChiWalking Instructor

About Me

Discover how after 2 knee surgeries in my 20s and 30s, I am able to enjoy running marathons in my 50s!

Chi and Me

After 2 knee surgeries, and being told by an orthopedic doctor to "hang up" my running shoes, I listened and quit running . . . until I heard about ChiRunning. By using Chi principles and techniques, I have overcome my joint and muscle pain, and completed 5 marathons (including Boston), a half ironman duathlon, numerous 10Ks, triathlons, and most importantly, enjoy an active lifestyle!

My experience motived me to become a Certified Chi Instructor. I want to share my love of running, and teach others a form that will allow them to enjoy pain free running and walking as they age. I enjoy helping those that are new to running, returning to running after a break, and those that wish to improve their current running form by teaching an energy-efficient technique that will result in a lower rate of injury, and increased performance. If I have done my job correctly, you will look upon running not as merely exercise, but as a life practice to be embraced, improved upon, and thoroughly enjoyed.

What is Chi?

Uncover the ancient theory behind Chi, and its practical application to distance running and walking.

What are ChiRunning and ChiWalking?

In recent years, people have come to realize the way they run rather than running itself is the real source of pain and injury. With this concept in mind, Danny Dryer began developing ChiRunning and ChiWalking in 1999. After observing a "Tai Chi" class, he figured out the concept of moving from one's center and letting the arms and legs flow naturally would be beneficial if applied to running. His application of biomechanics and Chi principles to Running and Walking has helped hundreds of thousands of runners and walkers of all experience levels enjoy a pain-free active lifestyle, and increase performance.

Dreyer's ChiRunning and ChiWalking techniques focus on 4 principles:

  • Cooperation with gravity and the force of the road
  • Alignment
  • Relaxation
  • Gradual Progress
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    Learn Chi

    Learn the techniques and theory first-hand from an experienced trainer who has used ChiRunning to change her own life.

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    Learn Chi

    The 4-hour Initial Training Workshops and Corporate Workshops cover the following topics:

  • Chi Running vs. Typical Running
  • Introduction to the ChiRunning Form: Posture, Lean, Heel Lift and Arm Swing
  • Cadence and Stride Length
  • Learning to Use your Gears
  • Injury Prevention Techniques
  • Personal Check-In Tricks and Tools
  • Pre-Run Body "Loosener's"
  • The initial workshop and tune-ups includes ChiRunning or ChiWalking theory explanation and demonstration, one-on-one technique training, and "before and after" video analysis.

    Training Programs

    Choose a training program that fits your lifestyle, and your budget!

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    Training Programs

    Initial Training Workshop

    4 Hours of Training

    1 or 2 sessions

    Price varies: # of trainees


  • Overview of Chi theory
  • Technique demonstration
  • Form focused exercises
  • Before and after video analysis
  • Goal setting and training planning
  • Ongoing Training

    2 Hours of Training

    1 session Tune-up

    Price varies: # of trainees


  • Refresher of Chi theory
  • Performance overview
  • Technique analysis
  • Before and after video analysis
  • Goal updating and training planning
  • Recommended every 2-3 months

    Corporate Workshops

    4 1hr Workshops

    Workshops performed weekly

    Price varies: # of trainees

    Includes same training as "Initial Training Workshop"

  • Held at your facility during lunch or after work
  • Post training weekly group walks/runs
  • Great for building up to specified race or event!
  • Contact

    Want to learn more about the benefits of Chi?Interested in setting up a training session? Contact me!

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    Contact Me

    To inquire about scheduling a training session, email your area of residence, training program of interest, and when you'd like to start to .
    Also, feel free to call anytime: 404.621.1226


    Cincinnati, OH


    See how Chi Running and Chi Walking helps these trainees enjoy a healthy lifestyle!

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    "Put on your running shoes and spend time with Susie - it will change your life - I ran 5 miles for the first time in my life and had to make myself stop. It was amazing (challenging yes given my current level of fitness) but certainly enjoyable - which I never thought I would have said running any distance would be enjoyable. Knowing also that you can repeat the success any time you want do is internal satisfaction that sticks with you all day and transcends all the other things you must do throughout your day."

    -Margaret, Georgia

    "I found that learning to run the proper way is just as useful as taking lessons in any other sport, like golf or tennis. Susie has helped me extend my running as a hobby!"

    -Chris, Ohio

    "I took a ChiRunning class with Susie, and am very impressed with the results & have recommended it to 2 dozen people. My knees do not hurt even after a 2 hour run . . . what a difference from before!"

    -Michael, Kentucky

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