… was my gateway book to an alternative lifestyle.
I had taken up running on a lark so that I could cross “Run a marathon” off my bucket list. After a few knee injuries that limited me to never running on consecutive days, I read BORN TO RUN on a friend’s recommendation.
Upon finishing the book I immediately got a pair of Vibram Five Finger Sprints, and promptly ran 10k every day for 2 1/2 weeks. But this isn’t another rant about the wonders of barefoot running. Barefooting was only the start.
For me, reading the chapters on barefoot running were not only revelatory, they were infuriating. My first thought at the time was “Why didn’t I know this?!”
We live in an internet age when we imagine ourselves to be the most well informed society to date. And yet here was an obvious fact that was true for all of civilization until Nike invented the running shoe and in the course of one generation it was erased from our collective memory.
Heel strike. Heel strike. Knee trouble Hate Nike. Hate Nike.
The mere thought of running in anything that isn’t generously padded at the heel is now so foreign as to be mocked. How did that happen?
And then the questions started.
What ELSE have we forgotten? What else are we wrong about? What other subjects have we been falsely guided by “experts” with little or no evidence? Or actual evidence to the contrary?!
And thus the journey began. And changes followed.
My feet at the finish line of the 2012 Izu Marathon
Stretching before running for example. Not actually proven to help. Two years, two marathons, and roughly 2 thousand miles later… I have neither stretched nor been injured.
Carb loading. Don’t do it. Two marathons and a 100k trek later… still don’t do it.
Sports drinks. Don’t help. Replaced by water.
But not just running lifestyle changes. Look around you at the arbitrary things we have come to accept a facts:
Five glass of water a day. Says who?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipped.
Rice is a carb and therefore fattening. Ever heard of ASIA?
Low fat diet. Wrong.
The list is growing at an exponential rate.
Thank you Christopher McDougall.
Suggestion…. this March 4th (the only day of the year that makes a sentence) extend yourself beyond the borders the experts have set for you.
The results might inspire you.