May 2009 Blog Posts (6)

Running with the Tarahumara Indians - Part 2

Once we had arrived in the canyon and got that first run in our legs, life started to slow down a bit and for the first time I was able to thinking about what was about to happen. For years now I had been researching as much as I could about the Running People of the Copper Canyon. Now I was about to trek 30 miles in their company. You could tell Caballo Blanco was getting a little anxious for the trek and how the Indians would react to us.

We left Batopilas early in the morning and… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on May 27, 2009 at 11:52pm — 7 Comments

Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Christopher McDougall

Question: Born to Run explores the life and running habits of the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyon, arguably the greatest distance runners in the world. What are some of the secrets you learned from them?

Christopher McDougall: The key secret hit me like a thunderbolt. It was so simple, yet such a jolt. It was this: everything I’d been taught about running was wrong. We treat running in the modern world the same way we treat childbirth—it’s going to hurt, and requires… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on May 25, 2009 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Combo Workout for Strength and Running Form

I have been getting quite a few question regarding strength training and good running form. First of all, the majority of strength work that I have my athletes do is running. This is accomplished quite simply by doing very short, steep hill repeats. They do not need to be a max effort, nor should they. Your run effort should just be strong. In my workouts I say, "train, don't strain" and this type of training run should refect this. Hard and strong, AND consistent. Too many runners will run too… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on May 22, 2009 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Running Free

My story begins in college. I started running because I loved team sports. I played field hockey and lacrosse. My injuries also began in college. I sprained my ankle a few times and to solve the problem I was taped before every practice and game. My therapy was a bucket of ice water.

I didn't start running again until after I had my kids. At this point I ran to have some time to myself. Running helped with the stresses of raising 5 kids. I also liked having a goal so I started doing… Continue

Added by Margot Watters on May 22, 2009 at 5:57pm — 1 Comment

A Tale of Two Cities

As you might guess from my photo, I'm more of a cyclist than a runner these days. But that wasn't always the case -- I hope to rediscover running later this summer, as soon as I compete in the National Senior Olympics in cycling in August. Until then, Coach Eric and I are working on a long-term build to deliver me to the starting line(s) in Palo Alto fit as a fiddle ...

There was a time, however, when running was my focus. Here's a running story from my running past (1994) ago that I… Continue

Added by Keith Peters on May 19, 2009 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Why I'm here...

So, first blog post.

I'll jump right into the why and how I'm here. To the point is good, yes?

I joined the service in '99, and during bootcamp realized that while everyone else dreaded the one to twice daily five mile runs, I really dug them. I actually looked forward to them because it was a vacation from being there. I wasn't being smoked on the quarterdeck, being bellowed at by red faced DIs, or doing pushups unitl I couldn't breath. Running was escape, and I was good… Continue

Added by Dustin Hucks on May 19, 2009 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

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