Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Born to Run.

"Perhaps all our troubles - all the violence, obesity, illness, depression, and greed we can't overcome - began when we stopped living as Running People. Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way." 
 Christopher McDougall 

I am almost finished reading the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. I would highly recommend he. He basically makes the argument that we are, born to run.  Some really sweet things I learned:

- Chia seeds are incredibly healthy.  The greatest runners in the world, the Taramuhara have a drink called Izikiate made of mostly chia before going on hundred mile long run. They have more omegas then salmon, more antioxidants than blueberries, etc. etc.

2. The Taramuhara live in caves and run with only rubber on their feet.  When given actual running shoes they found them so awful they found pieces of rubber and tied them to their feet for the last 85 miles of a hundred mile race.

3. Running shoes cause injuries. The more stabilizing and expensive a shoe the more injuries.  People who buy shoes for less than $40 are much less likely to get injured. And this is taking into account mileage and all other factors.

4. We were created to run. So get on it!

1 comment:

  1. fact number 3 is really surprising! I am throwing out my shoes.