Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Born to Run

 

Summary
  1. Incredible and inspiring book. Caballo Banco (Michael Randall Hickman), the Tarahumara indians, Jen SheltonBonehead Billy, Barefoot Ted, and more are detailed in this book in relation to their ultramarathon adventures. Our ancestors were persistence hunters who could outlast any animal in the world. We are the ultimate long-distance running machine and the shoes and other technology often simply throw us off and injure us in the long run.
Key Takeaways
  1. We do not need fancy running shoes. The foot is perfect!
  2. Some incredibly courageous stories about a “different” breed of people who run just for fun and in the badlands. No publicity, no real money, just the thrill and the freedom to run 100+ miles.
  3. Humans are the most sophisticated running machine evolution has come up with. We sweat as the main way to cool down instead of just breathing so we can run more efficiently. Can go longer than any animal. There is even a 50 mile race between man and horse in Arizona and the human wins
  4. Running technique:
    • Knees high, toe down, short strides, feet land directly beneath you, heels flip back
    • Forearm parallel to the ground and pumping like Rock ’em Sock ’em robots. You are the only bi-ped without a tail and the arms provide stabilization
    • In slow motion foot looks like a swan landing on water, with toes splayed.
      • Pronation is good – meaning you land on the outside of your foot and rotation ends on your big toe. This is a mild twist that provides shock absorption.
    • Your ligaments and tendons act like springs, use them right and you will run more efficiently
    • Children are natural runners.
  5. Running tools and recommendations
    1. Evolution Running
    2. Chi Running
    3. Pose Method Running
    4. Vibram 5 Finger
    5. Run with a 180 beat metronome
    6. Supplements – Wild geranium, chia seeds, garlic, ginger
What I got out of it
  1. Had no idea our ancestors relied so heavily on persistence hunting and simply out running their prey. While I don’t think I am one of those people who loves running 100+ miles for fun (I haven’t tried yet so you never know…), it is amazing what these people are capable of

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