video: are we born to run?
This week my video was "Are We Born To Run?" by Christopher McDougall. This video is based upon the history of running and how we as humans evolved as a "hunting pack animal" which can be linked back to the tribal days. McDougall gives some very cool stories about how running has evolved and about how we began to focus more on how we run and how fast we run as our brains advanced versus just running for the love of running. He relates this to the creation of "running shoes" and talks specifically about getting rid of running shoes and being more like the Tarahumara tribe.
This video is very eye opening. As humans we see running as a basic action that we learn as toddlers and then just evolve from there, but it is really that simple? McDougall insists that running extremely long distances barefoot is the key to health and happiness. He says that we need to get rid of the marketing and packing and the idea of "urban marathons". He says that Brand-name "running shoes" with gel cushions and super support is what causes injuries when running. He says running should be a source of joy and happiness and not injury and pain. McDougall's talks about the Tarahumara, a tribe that is know for their ability to run extreme distances in bad conditions without sweatng or getting injured. He calls them superathletes and says they would win all races and running competitions even though they are 500 years behind in their technology.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this video is because the subject of running applies to me with sports. It was interesting to to hear McDougall's philosophy and findings on the injuries he believes happen because of expensive running shoes. Running is a very important aspect of the game of baseball, a sport that I love so to hear that the shoes I wear when playing baseball could potentially cause me injuries was interesting. The video kept my attention because McDougall had a lot of really cool and interesting stories to go along with all of the information he provided. I understand what McDougall is trying to say with getting back to running for the love of the sport and that noone has foot injuries in tribes who run with their bare feet. Can you imagine all baseball players being on the field running around with no baseball cleats or shoes on. It seems like a funny concept but what if we were all more effective runners that way and didn't have many injuries. I know I personally run a lot faster with no shoes on and I am much happier doing it so maybe there is something to McDougall's theory.
This subject is one I would definitely want to do more research on because the subject is very interesting and relates to me as a athlete. McDougall did a very good job of presenting the information in an exciting way and it kept my attention as a result. I would watch another one of his videos.