Tonight I went to see author Chris McDougal talk about his new book, Born To Run, not the story of Bruce Springsteen, but a wild tale involving his researches into the incredible endurance feats of a particular tribe in Mexico. He’s a good story-teller, and adds in a variety of information about theories of evolution of humans as ‘tribe runners’ that hunted animals by running them down, as well as a healthy dose of skepticism about the benefits of modern running shoes. He believes that we’ve been done a disservice by those who say that there’s no ‘correct’ running style; we don’t say that about swimming or most any other atheletic endeavor, so why would it be true of running? A look at runners of the past seems to indicate a stride that lands on mid-foot, and leans forward a little, to get the help of gravity to pull you forward.
I personally made it out for a five mile run mid-day, getting up into the Forest Park trails. I find it very exhilarating to run on narrow trails, winding up and down, in and out along the ridge!