Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Born to run

I have recently just finished the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, and  I have to say, I am severely impressed. It follows Christopher through his path to find the Tarahumara Indians, or as they call their self RarĂ¡muri, which translates into 'Running People'. The RarĂ¡muri are capable of running a hundred miles straight, and more. However, they do it with a smile on their face. They absolutely love what they do, they thrive when they run.

Apart from the Tarahumara, the book also follows multiple ultra marathon athletes, Caballo Blanco, Scott Jurek, Jenn Shelton, Billy 'Bonehead' Barnett, Barefoot Ted, and Christopher McDougall himself. But if you think the book is just a bunch of running, you are mistaken. There are portions of Research, easily sixty pages worth, that go into the biomechanics of Barefoot and Minimalist running. From how humans are the perfect distance runners, to how Barefoot/Minimalist is healthier than the shoed counterpart. Not only does it make these claims, but it backs them up. They say humans are the best distance runners, a group of people went out and chased down an antelope killing it with exhaustion. They RAN the animal to DEATH!

This book is by FAR the best book I have ever read in my life. It is THE most inspirational book I have read; it has made me want to change my act, embrace the natural superpower us humans were granted with that is the power to run extreme distances. I hadn't ran since my race, and on Monday, I did my first true run of 3 miles. This book makes me want to go all out, to be the runner I want to be, and to succeed at it. Ultimately leading up to a hundred mile race by 2016. The thought makes me giddy with excitement.

If you are interested in minimalist running, and you are looking in something that will motivate the hell out of you. I cannot emphasize this enough, PICK UP THIS BOOK!!! It will seriously change your life.