Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Born to Run Review

I finished reading BORN TO RUN last night (hence, the lack of posts last week!). I am a changed runner! The book takes an in-depth look at the life, culture and running style of the Tarahumara as well as other Ultrarunners. The Tarahumara live in the Copper Canyons in Mexico and are some of the worlds best long distance runners (ultramarathons). What makes this book great is the analysis of human biomechanics and running's role in our evolution that is woven through the stories of colorful characters (Caballo Blanco, Barefoot Ted, Jenn Shelton, Billy Barnet, Scott Jurek) and exceptional race vignettes (Leadville 100).
Born to Run spurred me to run longer distances and continue to dig deeper into my natural desire to run. It has made me question running shoes in general and inspired me to wear my very flat soled and minimally structured Asics Mexico 66 Onitsuka Tigers for a run on the treadmill the other night. It felt great!

Whether you're a veteran runner, a newbie, or haven't ran since PE in the 8th grade I would highly recommend reading Born To Run. This book will inspire you to connect with your inner runner... literally and figuratively. Connections are made between being a runner and an artist (specifically Beat Poets!). There is something natural, simple and mentally fulfilling about running and Born To Run illustrates those connections flawlessly.  

Here is more info about the BORN TO RUN COMMUNITY. Here is a great website dedicated to BAREFOOT RUNNING SHOES. If you have read Born to Run or if you're already running barefoot (or close to it) then you know about BAREFOOT TED.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

McMillan Running: Online Distance Running Resource and Coach!

Greg McMillan is an accomplished runner and an even more accomplished running coach. He has coached athletes in every Olympic Marathon Trial since 1996! Amby Burfoot, the editor of Runner's World magazine said, "Greg McMillan is one of the best and smartest distance-running coaches in America." Greg McMillan is a nice guy too, he shares his running knowledge and coaching skills with the world through his site, McMILLAN RUNNING.  His RUNNING CALCULATOR is more fun than video game! Also, be sure to check out his Non-Profit Post-Collegiate Elite Running Team at McMILLAN ELITE. They are based in Flagstaff, AZ and they run fast!