TED Talk: Are We Born To Run?

Last off topic for awhile. Another must listen, watch:

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rich on 2011/10/10 at 11:38 AM

    Interesting. Since this is a soccer site, I’ll point out that soccer shoes have very little cushioning.


  2. I can’t wait for someone to make “skele-toes” or “toe shoes” with little cleats on the bottom. I think those would be awesome for soccer……until someone steps on your foot.


  3. Posted by Alex on 2011/10/10 at 1:06 PM

    This guy is really cool. If you guys haven’t read his book yet it is an excellent read: Born to Run. It really helped to keep me motivated while I trained to run a marathon


  4. Posted by John on 2011/10/10 at 1:49 PM

    Worth noting that the minimalist movement advocated for by McDougall is both good and bad, just like running shoes. I have known people who switched to minimalist and injured themselves, just as much or more than I have known people who got stress fractures from ramping up too fast in shoes.

    Even people like Anton Krupicka (who is a minimalist) still run in shoes for races. He barefoots on grass typically as a foot strengthening exercise, but runs in his New Balance minimalist shoes. Also worth noting that most of the races that he performs in are on dirt not concrete.

    The biggest problem is that people tend to run differently from pronators to supinators to neutral runners, and each of those people needs a different shoe/approach/idea.

    There is no one fit all idea, and if you go minimalist straight away without any pre-prep (foot conditioning/strengthening) you stand a very good chance of injuring yourself.
    This especially goes for all you people who pick up the Vibram 5 fingers and then pound your feet into the ground on concrete. They are a great training tool for a mid-foot strike/fore-foot strike, but they won’t necessarily prevent you from having an injury more than the appropriate shoe for your running style. Of course the outlier is what causes these theories to gain traction because there is always someone who does the “my $150 asics didn’t fix my achilles/IT Band/back problem but running barefoot did”. This does’t account for the thousands of people that the $150 Asics/New Balance shoes DID work for.

    Even people like Scott Jurek don’t suggest that barefoot is the answer to injury or necessary way to go. Rather it could be used as a training tool for technique and form. Running barefoot can be fun, as I like to run in parks or places that have cushy grass, but I wouldn’t want to attempt 26 miles barefoot or in sandals any day of the week.


  5. Posted by chazcar2 on 2011/10/10 at 2:01 PM

    As I runner first and soccer player second, I have been following the Minimalist thing for several years now. As John pointed out its all about the individual. Some people can run 5 miles everyday for 10 years without an injury (actually know this person), while others can’t run two days in a row regardless of distance (that would be myself).

    Running is about listening to your body and identifing good pain (muscle soreness, lungs burning, mild cramping) and bad pain (tendon pain, stress fractures, heart racing). It can be quite confusing.

    The biggest mistake that I find most non professional runners make is a lack of cross training. Strength training, swimming, pilates, yoga, etc are all excellent ways to achieve a new PR. Minimalist shoes/barefoot are actually a great cross trainer too. The force you to focus on form and to run differently.


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  7. Posted by JohnC on 2011/10/11 at 9:48 AM

    Who knew Grant Wahl was so into running.


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