I haven’t jogged in more than twenty years but I’m ready to put on barefoot running shoes and hit the hills.
Why? What’s got into me? Why am I now “born to run”? And why barefoot??
I’ve been reading the most riveting, stimulating, adventurous, outrageous, mind altering, fun, shocking and simply unbelievable book of 2009. I’m talking about Born to Run by Christoper McDougall.
The thing is, well, hypnotic.
It’s the true story of the Tarahumara, a peace-loving small group of mega-distance running people who live hidden in Mexico’s Copper Canyon. The author heard of them and went on a quest to find them. What a quest it was.
He didn’t just dodge drug dealers and dangerous mountains, but he climbed, walked, ran, and struggled though a maze of twists and turns that make this book the healthiest detective story of the year.
Only it’s all true.
Part of the secret to the Tarahumara’s ability to run forever — literally — is the fact that they don’t wear shoes. No Nikes. No New Balances. No spring-loaded computerized made-only-for-your-feet shoes.
If anything, they wear what some would call Jesus or gladiator sandals: just a slab of thin leather under the sole with a leather thong tied around the foot and ankle. That’s it.
Of course, these running savants love to run. They smile as they run. They are like kids at play — kids who smoke black tobacco and drink corn beer — but kids in spirit, even when they’re senior citizens dashing over mountain tops.
You’ve got to read the book. It’s a masterpiece. Read it for the writing style. Read it for the adventure story. Read it for the amazing characters. Read it for the inspiration. Read it to be shocked. But read it.
Off with the shoes and out the door to freedom I go.
I’ve yet to get my head around running virtually barefoot over roads and rough terrain.
I think I’ll finish Born to Run first and then decide.
Dr. Joe Vitale
PS – Here are some resources for you:
Info on Tarahumara
“White Horse” leads trips into Mexico’s Copper Canyon
Details on Barefoot Running
Book site for Born to Run
Vibram Five Fingers are “shoes” that look like slippers a frog would wear. Yet people run in these “barefoot running shoes.”
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