...I had a great time reading "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen" which examines this amazing group of runners in northern New Mexico, the Tarahumara. I loved the book, and the main takeaway for me is that we are, "Born to run," that we, as humans are designed to run - perhaps not fast (not me anyway!), but that we are designed to run some pretty long distances. I ran my longest run ever two days ago, on Friday - 20 miles, and I feel surprisingly good after the run...giving me confidence to really take on this thing in but 20 days. The other main takeaway is that running (as with most things), should really be joyful - should be fun, should be something that gives us pleasure. The Tarahumara tend to run with smiles on their faces - now I won't say that I am always smiling while running, but trying to cultivate joy, and trying to enjoy each and every step seems so so important...so, with that, I will be going out on a good little run today - and enjoying it!
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey
From the Amazon.com review:
"Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.
Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence."