this is an order- you HAVE to read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall!!! such a great book. i read about this around Christmas and it had such rave reviews, i knew i had to read it. keith read it first and couldn’t put it down- half the time, reading me parts of the book out loud. well, now i’m reading it and i’m the same way. i’m telling everyone about it. it’s a true story and utterly fascinating if you are at all interested in running.
Born to Run is written about a runner from Runners World who set out on an adventure to meet and run with the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyons of Mexico, arguably the greatest distance runners in the world. throughout the book, you meet some very interesting people and learn a ton about this very secret tribe of people that actually do exist in the world, but you also get a very interesting perspective on body mechanics, shoe mechanics, barefoot running, etc.
so, i’m reading this book and completely sucked in by the idea that the current running shoe is causing more problems than good. the idea of the Tarahumara Indians (who, by the way, run in a homemade type of hurache sandal!) and many of the barefoot runners is that the fancy running shoes are too supportive and controlling over your foot and you’re not allowing your foot to do what it really needs to do to support your ankle, etc. they make some very interesting points throughout the book.
interesting enough, my chiropractor (dr. brad) asked me to bring my running shoes yesterday for our visit. it was really pretty cool. he did a very thorough assessment of me in my running shoes and then the same assessment barefoot. he did some interesting things with my feet and suggested that maybe i say bye to my stability shoes and try out some neutral shoes. what?! is he really telling me the same stuff i’m reading in this book right now?? yes! he said my stability shoes are acting like a brace on my foot and that even though i have a super flat foot, i have very good foot to ankle and ankle to knee balance. all these years i’ve been running in stability shoes but i think i may be giving some neutral shoes a shot in the near future.
anyway, i must note, though, that this is not all what the book is about- it’s really about the adventures of running and the joys of running. if you’re having a hard time finding motivation or you’ve forgotten how to love the sport of running, read this book! it will literally want to make you jump up and go for a run- barefoot or not!