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Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Summary

  1. Rich Roll tells his inspiring story of lazy, overweight, addicted into an all vegan and ultra marathon lifestyle
Key Takeaways
  1. Rich Roll was a very overweight 40 year old who transformed himself with marathon training and a vegan diet
  2. 7 day juice cleanse that Rich used to start his transformation found here
  3. Rich became a very good swimmer and had his choice of schools, eventually ending up at Stanford. He soon found that alcohol alleviated a lot of his social angst and consumed way too much.
  4. He went to law school and partied too much, as he did in college and big city life was not conducive to him being sober. He somehow made it through, got a good job and was engaged but his alcoholism soon took away his marriage and job. He went to AA and eventually rehab, changing career from entertainment litigation to starting his own entertainment law firm, eventually finding his supportive and amazing wife along the way.
  5. Rich wasn’t able to get into an Ironman initially so he set his sights even higher, an Ultraman. He trained professionally for the first time in his life and ended up having tremendous success although he was one of the few amateurs in this field
  6. While training, had a really bad accident but decided to keep his dream alive. Security is a cop out. Embrace the fear and unknown
  7. The rest of the book describes his incredible struggle of doing 5 ironman length races in a week. Amazing determination
  8. Book ends with his tips on nutrition, recipes and more. Obviously plant based, but also no gluten or dairy and has recommendations for which plants and fats to load up on
What I got out of it
  1. People can do much more than they think they can. When you feel like you can’t do any more, you’re likely only 40% there. Keep pushing. He also does a good job of advocating his “plant power” lifestyle but asks you to experiment for yourself and do what makes you feel good. I’m a big fan of this as I don’t believe there typically is a “one size fits all” for diet, nutrition, lifestyle, etc.

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

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 –  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