Born To Run by Christopher McDougall
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Born to Run by Christopher McDougall is a game changer for me.
I've talked, last year about running with Vibram Five Fingers. Since then I've moved to running barefoot, and am looking toward making myself some huaraches (which is what the Tarahumaras and even Barefoot Ted use) for when I am running on rough terrain. In the next month I'm even making the jump to serious trail running!
Having come across this book, at this juncture in my running life has been a major plus. It was encouraging to see a book about people who love running in the same way that I am learning to love it.
Recommended reading for anyone who runs, and even those who don't.
As an avid user of ice, custom orthotics, tape, Strassburg socks and small diameter balls (golf, lacrosse, etc.), this idea really intrigues me.
Some people equate running in modern running shoes to running in a cast.
After about a month of running around without shoes, my form has dramatically changed. Slowly I'm figuring out how to do things correctly, and it is really cool.
Barefoot is certainly not right for all situations, but it is a whole new experience, and not nearly as awful as the looks most people give me when I go jogging past.
Because of you I bought a pair of 5 fingers and run in them from time to time. Not often enough, but I ran in them today. I am curious where you can run barefoot. In the desert here there are rocks and thorns everywhere and the air is 108 degrees today and the roads must be 140 degrees. Do you have grass to run on?
I am going to San Diego for the next five days and will try running barefoot on the grass.
I run on the street and sidewalk mostly. I don't run on any crushed gravel trails now... haha. The thing I'm learning is that it is ALL about form.
If you do it right, it does not hurt. If you do it wrong you get blisters all over. Grass makes it more forgiving, but it can also hide things like sticks and dog poop... (a few close calls).
Now that I'm figuring out the right way to run, it is a great experience. It is no longer about speed, but about the joy of running :D.
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