Tarahumara: Legendary Native Runners of Mexico

This rare video contains footage from the 1960s and 1930s of the Tarahumara playing their running game. The majority of the video is a documentary footage of a small Tarahumara “community in the transitional zone between the Sierra upland country and the deep canyons to the South.”

Scenes from Christopher McDougall’s Born To Run

Born To Run by Christopher McDougall is easily my favorite book. I’m ecstatic to have stumbled upon this YouTube video of people and places from the book. It was a lot of fun watching and comparing faces and landscapes to what I’d envisioned.

This may be a bit of a spoiler for anyone planning on reading the book that knows nothing at all about ultramarathoning and the Raramuri/Tarahumara. Enjoy!

Important Names in The World of Ultramarathoning

Ted Corbitt, “father of American ultrarunning”; 1952 US Olympic team member; former American world record holder at various distances

Scott Jurek, seven time winner and former course record holder of the Western States Endurance Run; two-time winner and former course record holder of the Badwater Ultramarathon; winner and former course record holder of the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run; three-time winner of the Spartathlon 152-mile race from Athens to Sparta, Greece

Ann Trason, thirteen time Western States Endurance Run winner and current female course record holder; holds numerous world records, including 100 mile (13:47:41 1991), 50 mile (5:40:18, 1991), and 12 Hours (147.6k, 1991); American 100k record holder (7:00:48)

Yiannis Kouros

Dean Karnazes

Anton “Tony” Krupicka

Lisa Smith-Batchen

David Goggins

Freedom: Reducing Personal Possessions

I want less stuff. I write things down so as not to clutter my mind. My soul finds comfort in the simplicity of proof. I find comfort, freedom, and space in the absence of possessions.

I find collecting is very rarely important. I’ve hardly ever returned to look at journal entries, pictures, or even class notes once I’ve passed the exam. I’ve always been far more interested in the future than the past. Lessons of the past come quickly and are only useful as applied in the present or projected into the future. It seems time is best spent appreciating the present and focusing on the future for the sake of building better presents.

Some collections are priceless; like the experiences we’ve had and the lessons we’ve learned. Most of all, I cherish abstractions, the apparent ease to which I develop or acquire them and assemble them into the apparatus of my working mind, and their endless ability to help me more thoroughly experience, accurately explicate, and deeply appreciate every moment of my life.

Any mental resources potentially wasted glancing around my room and checking in with or being distracted by furniture and stockpiles of recreational objects are elements that I could be putting to better use. I could be introspecting, meditating, contemplating, creating, designing, planning, learning, or otherwise feeding and building and developing the essence of me. I will never be my stuff, my tables and chairs, my keyboards and laptops, my pillows or my bed, no matter how much time I spend with them. I do become my lessons, my challenges, my ideas and inspirations; they weigh nothing, cost nothing, and are worth more than I could ever stockpile. And at the end of the day, if I’ve lost something, it could only ever be my mind.

Anyone want a microwave? It makes a great night stand.

I love my empty white walls.

I don’t even use that fan. Craigslist…

Runner’s Advanced Workout for Knee Health

Tonight was a knee-focused workout to strengthen my knees and supporting muscle groups. Keep the weights and repetitions low to start. Increase repetitions gradually from about 6 to about 12 then increase weight and drop the repetitions back down to 6, repeat. I’ve grouped some of the lifts into super sets to increase the cardio training effect and decrease workout time. This whole workout should take an hour or less.

Do this barefoot for optimal knee benefits. You’ll still benefit with shoes on, but for the sake of your knees, you’d be better off walking around your yard for an hour than doing anything with shoes.

Roll ITB & quads.
3x glute bridge; side-lying clams.
barefoot run 4.5 min.
3x dead lift; leg press; back ext.
3x ham curl; knee ext.
3x step-ups; seated calf raises.
barefoot run 3.5 min.
Stretch, drink shake, eat meal, shower, call it a night.

7 Secret Secrets of Barefoot Running

This video is too funny to not post. Please note, I do believe in barefoot running, but this video is not an accurate representation of my beliefs or suggested approach. My intention here is to make you laugh, not explain why you should take your shoes off and log some miles. Check out the barefoot running section of my blog for additional information.

As he is, so shall his world be.

I’ve got nothing against seven minutes in heaven or BDSM, but I’ve never liked closed doors and I’ve never liked being tied down. For me, freedom is ability. I want to be able to get up and walk out a door whenever the impulse strikes. But by that same token, I reserve my right to sit still and build.

My father built something great. As a child I’d thought that much was obvious, but I’d come to this conclusion superficially. It’s easy to think a big house and family vacations are a testament to something great, and often they may be. In this case, I was right, but for the wrong reasons. Continue reading As he is, so shall his world be.

I will run the Leadville 100.

For years since over-running my knees on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th of October, 2007 I’ve battled a maddening array of knee, leg, hip, and foot problems. In most cases, when people asked about my injuries, I just told them I had bad knees, because I knew they didn’t have the time and probably weren’t interested in hearing the endless backlog of symptoms and experiences I’d had with my legs. Who likes to hear someone complain? I still don’t think they’d care to hear about my struggles, but more recently I’ve been increasingly excited to talk about my successes. Continue reading I will run the Leadville 100.

Am I Sleeping Too Much?

The earliest I’ve woken up and most refreshed I’ve felt in the last few weeks was after a couple beers, dancing around, and staying up until 2AM. I was up at 7AM after only 5 hours of sleep and was more excited and energized to be awake than last Christmas. In fact, I think I slept until noon last Christmas.

As far as I can tell there were only three differences between a normal over-sleeping night and this refreshingly short night. It’s possible that drinking a couple beers every night would help, but this is unacceptable. It’s possible that I should be dancing, or working out and having fun every night, which is doable. I’m hoping that I’ve actually been over-sleeping, even on attempted 7 hour nights.

Junior and senior year of high school I slept 5 hour nights, but that included a 2 hour nap every day. Freshman year in college, well, I forgot how to sleep. Sophomore through senior year of college I always woke up for class, regardless of how many hours I slept, or didn’t sleep, night after night. Since I’ve started co-oping and working I’ve spent more hours hitting the snooze button than I used to sleep in high school. Maybe I AOL instant messenger again and relentless social curiosity. Maybe I need to sleep less.

How to Say I Love You (Part 2)

I just received a eulogy more impressive and profoundly fulfilling than any I ever could have imagined. I am overwhelmed.

The words “I Love You” can be incredibly powerful. For many of us, forms of love are the only things that really drive us. While some struggle to say these three little words, you have written an essay, dedicated a detailed heart-felt account which will invariably serve to more than drive me. I am elevated.

Unfortunately for some, “I Love You” has come to lose meaning over suffered years of deceit and betrayal. Even casual over-use can degrade the intensity of the emotion you’re trying to share. Someone you love may not hear what you want them to when you offer these three words alone.

For your words, your vulnerability and honesty, I am deeply thankful. I have learned a great deal from you. My world will undoubtedly be blessed by the reverberations of this loving gesture.

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