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85 Reddit comments about Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen:

u/emperorOfTheUniverse · 60 pointsr/videos

Kid's form is terrible. Runs like he just learned how to as a child. That's cute and all, 'run like nobody's watching' and all that. But if you're serious about running, you need to think of your form and the impact it has on your joints and muscles long term.

This book is a somewhat interesting read on the subject.

u/CompositeCharacter · 24 pointsr/todayilearned
u/PepperoniFire · 23 pointsr/changemyview

>Seems to me, if you wanted to be in good shape, there are much better ways to do it then spending months training to run an large yet arbitrary number of miles.

Most people do not run marathons simply to 'be in good shape.' That's one benefit of many but an erroneous framing of the issue. You can run to set a goal and meet it. It's not arbitrary; it has a history.

This usually starts out running a lower set of miles and working up. It's seeing tangible benefits for a constructive use of time. This is an important mental foundation of any kind of running but it often feeds into shorter-distance runners pushing themselves to a limit they've never envisioned themselves meeting. This is an emotional high that is very hard to match, though it is not exclusive to running.

Also, some people simply enjoy running. The fact that you see it as merely something to do to stay healthy is inevitably going to ignore that it is also something people can do for fun even if it's not your thing. I don't really see why people enjoy yoga even if I acknowledge some health benefits, but people who take part in yoga are also part of a community and a subset of fitness culture and also enjoy the act of taking part in it.

Building on that, there is a running community, ranging from ultra-marathon runners (if you think ~24 miles is bad, try 100+) to Hash Harriers. Individuals coming together as a group to set a goal and push each other is something from which a lot of people derive personal utility.

Finally, there's nothing that says long-distance running is ipso facto bad for you simply because it is long-distance. There is an argument to be made that much of human evolution focused in some part on the necessity of running for survival. You also need to acknowledge that some people, such as the Tarahumara, have an entire culture that revolves around long-distance running that surpasses the average marathon and colors everything ranging from education and holidays to courting and dispute revolution.

I can't really speak for nipple issues because I wear a sports bra, but needless to say it really shouldn't be enough to tip the scales from all of the above just because it doesn't fit one's neat aesthetic preference for athletic beauty.

Doing something for personal reward, community, and culture is not masochism.

EDIT: I forgot to add that marathons are super accessible. You don't even need to formally sign up for an event in order to run one. It's an egalitarian form of competition - either against yourself or others - that basically requires a shirt, shorts, shoes and fortitude. Some even view shoes as optional. Compare that to hockey, golf or football where they require investment in protective gear or pay-per-play course access at the least (at the most, a membership at a club.)

u/never_rememberpass · 15 pointsr/IWantToLearn

This is it man, You've got to treat this moment as your last chance. You will fail but you will recover.

Whatever your feeling is temporary. It's ego death.
Figuring from your username, you think a lot.
That's a good thing in general, it means you care. But it's debilitating.

Quite simply, grow a pair of balls. Quit trying to live the world through your thoughts, live in the real world, be present in every moment.

Personally, I would wrap myself in my thoughts as a safe haven. I have tons of good ideas, but I never had the balls to manifest them. I liked being in my safe world where I was god and nothing could harm me.

The only problem with this is that it's fucking lonely. I may elevate my ego by convincing myself the world is shit and I know better than everybody else. I believed that I had the solution to everything; but it's shit, it's all shit, it was me lying to myself to stay in my protected metaphysical bubble where I'm god. Nothing could humble me.

There's nothing wrong with such a meaningless existence, I didn't harm anything, I didn't bother anything, I was miserable but I didn't make the world a worse place. I rationalized that what I did was ok.

But that was bullshit: That's me, that's my story.

But that's also past tense. I would get glimpses into this other realm of consciousness; a feeling of oneness with everything, or belonging, or happiness. It's why religion is so popular, we'll all suffer through this shit together praying that such and such will stave off our meaningless existence; give purpose to a purposeless world.

You have to find something important for yourself, this feeling will go away. How do you get back to it?

Mainly, how do you quite the rational mind, and let the intuitive self guide you?

  • Remember when you rationalize, when you put your awareness to that component of the mind, everything else gets less energy. The world is not nearly as linear as your rationality would have you believe.
    To fix this I read Chaos by James Glieck. It thought me how much I can actually gain by thinking; it's not much. We can only grow through new experiences, if we think all the time, we don't get to work with new information.

    But that only led me to understanding, how do I take it to the next level of application?

  • This is where I am 98% sure you will fail. The only reason I am writing this post is an exercise to experience my own growth. From a philosophical sense, I can't even verify your existence; how do I know reality isn't just a computer simulation and everything else is a program. The truth is I can't. You'll fail unless you except that this is the only truth. This moment, there is nothing else. The thoughts you have are very real, but only in the certain synaptic patterns your connectome has involved into. In the grand scheme of things, no matter how smart you are. That is your whole worth, that is all you are. If your only your thoughts, that is all you are. Only the neurons firing in your brain. The brain is powerful and can trick yourself into believing that your thoughts are more important than your physical surroundings, but that's your choice.

    Quit philosophizing. There is nothing more paralyzing than searching for an overall understanding. That understanding is god, or what people like to call god, or faith, or being, or whatever strokes your ego. I'm an atheist. But I pray to God ALL THE FUCKING TIME. The truth is God does exist. But it's in the manner of his existance. God is your brain, your brain is God. That is all. You are a fucking human. You are a part of the species that eats and shits and dies. You are the part of the species that can contemplate its own existence, sends rockets to mars, manipulate genetic information, communicate 5,000 miles away instantly. You are part of THAT FUCKING SPECIES. Your potential is just shy of infinite. The choice is yours. You have the power of God, not in some benevolent, bullshit, religious, make myself feel good about my self sense. But in the sense that YOU can make the changes you see fit in the world. If you're a thinker, and seek understanding, your ideas are better than 99.9% of the world.

    What I did:
    read proverbs in the bible. No bullshit, it talks about God's true being. But it has to be dug out. The beginning of knowledge is fear of the lord. And fear of the lord is fear of death. Hopefully that's a big enough hint on how it should be read. It can't be read with any preconceptions about anything, it has to be read when your experiencing the experience you felt earlier.

    Exercise: So FUCKING important. And where you will fail. Start running, read this book
    we are much more like animals than you wish to believe. don't give up.

    Have sex. But not in a nondiscriminatory manner, find someone who you can make feel special And have AWESOME FUCKING SEX, ALL THE FUCKING TIME. Because there are few things, and especially few natural things which will make you feel this good, especially with and for someone you care about.

    Solve problems, seek understanding, hold wisdom above all else.
    If you have the balls, do yoga.

    Be accountable, I'll be that person for you, keep this post as a journal. It can be something we share. Maybe other people will read it and learn. Most likely not, I doubt you will. But I will, for what it's worth. I'll post every fucking week. Because fuck it; I'll expose my life to the world. It's the least I can do.
    I hope you choose to do the same. We could help each other, I just started on this path and could use advice as well.

    Most importantly, quit searching for meaning and be the meaning.
    Become the change you wish to be in the world.

    To answer your question, How do I give a shit about the world again?
    Give a shit about yourself first. Then you can have the capacity to give a shit about the world.


    Good now your getting it. This was too long, you shouldn't have read this post. Get the fuck of Reddit, Get the fuck off the internet. Get the fuck out of your mind, grow a pair of balls, do something you think you can't.

    Always remember you can. You may think you can't, but it's only a thought.
u/dmsmadball · 15 pointsr/running

Would that be the Tarahumara indians? Featured repeatedly in this book Born to Run - an AMAZING read, highly recommend it

u/jdbee · 14 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I haven't bought many shoes that I've had to stop wearing because of pain, but I'm really picky and do a ridiculous amount of research beforehand. I should probably experiment more - I don't know what I'm missing out there. I'm with you on Frees though - the soles are just too squishy for me to run in. As far as breaking them in, I'd say that most of my shoes stop feeling "new" after 15-20 miles in them.

Thinking about my stride and body mechanics has made me a much, much better running. If you haven't seen in, take a look at Chris McDougall's Born to Run.

Edit: Just to expand on form and stride a little, give the hundred-up drill a try. The idea is to trick your body into running efficiently without engaging your brain. The other thing that worked for me was to think about my upper-body position, which filters down to my feet. Try to run with a slight lean forward, and instead of pushing off with your back foot try to imagine your upper thighs being pulled forward. Shorter, quicker strides that land you on your midfoot with slightly bent knees is what you want to aim for.

u/evrydaynormalguy · 13 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

The book Born to Run explains this very well.

The theory it talks about basically says that Homo Sapiens beat out Neanderthal because we could literally run grazing animals to death by exhaustion. Neanderthal was used to hunting large game that was in the process of going extinct, and could not compete with our hunting style on the smaller, faster animals.

Also, Homo Sapiens has physical structures on our body that directly aid our running ability that even close relatives like chimps and early hominids don't.

u/grumpas · 11 pointsr/minimalism

I recommend you read a little bit about 'no shampoo' diet and about barefoot running first before dissing the ideas. I'll give you two links to start you off if you're willing to spend some time reading about it.

'An Experiment in Giving Up Shampoo'

'Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen'

u/WIrunner · 11 pointsr/running

The Tarahumara were chronicalled in this book:

If you haven't read it, it is definitely worth the read.

u/drinimartini · 9 pointsr/running

If you want to learn more about ultras and distance running in general I highly recommend this book. It's a really great read.

u/ilykdp · 8 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

The real problem is running shoes in general - their design promotes heel landing, which is not how the body is supposed to run.

Try running barefoot on concrete and you will quickly bruise your heels - the more natural way to run is to land with the fore-foot, or the pad right behind your toes. This places the stress of landing on the calf and hamstring muscles, rather than the knee and hip joint when heel landing.

Shoes nowadays that have zero drop or minimal drop (thickness difference between toes and heel on a running shoe) can be found, but you have to ease into the transition.

Check out the book, Born to Run.

u/JonnyHydra · 7 pointsr/running

Complaint: It's too cold to run. There, I said it.

Confession: I read Born to run while in the Hospital. The moment I got home, I made some Iskiate. ( Unicorn Snot )

It's fucking delicious and I am completely addicted to it. My fridge is full of it now. I've drank a mason jar a day since I got home.


Mason jar. 32oz

4 table spoons of chia seeds,

3 table spoons of sugar,

juice from 1 lime,

Put ingredients in Jar, fill with water. SHAKE IT.

leave it overnight in the fridge.

Drink the nectar of the gods.

u/autoposting_system · 7 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Read this book.

Tigers have big teeth and claws and are strong and have stripes that make them hard to see. Rabbits are fast and good at hiding and finding food and making more rabbits. These are the obvious advantages nature has given them. So what are our obvious advantages? Everybody knows about the opposable thumbs and the big brain. In our society, we get to operate our brains all the time. And we're always picking up little objects and doing things with our hands. So we all know about that.

What we don't know, however, what many of us never realize, what our modern civilization has hidden from us, is that we have another gift nature has given us. Human beings can run. We are literally the best long-distance runners on the planet. Cheetahs can run faster; horses can carry more; oxen can pull harder; but when it comes to long distance running humans wipe the floor with all of them. When you combine this natural ability with our tool use (like our ability to bring water along) and our big brains (like our ability to find and remember where the water sources are) we are practically long-distance superheroes.

The entire human body is built around this, and most people never use it. Once you're used to it, you feel your body is doing the thing it's supposed to do. If you never run, just try it: go outside, run as far as you can, then switch to walking as long as you have to, then run again. You can cover a huge amount of ground this way. And it might surprise you what you can do even without training or significant preparation. The comedian Eddie Izzard trained for just a couple months before running 27 marathons in 27 days. Think about that: if you're in reasonable health and not too old or massively overweight, you could run a marathon in just a month or two. True, you're not going to win against a bunch of people who've been running for years, and you might have to do the run-walk-run trick, but you can make it. And once you've used your body for what it's really for, you feel it.

u/KFBass · 7 pointsr/Fitness

In the book Born to Run by Mcdougal, he actually tells a story of a couple guys (iirc) running down a deer (antelope?) until it collapsed and died. Took them several hours but they did it.

u/FiveAgainst01 · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

Born to Run

"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."

u/jessamini · 6 pointsr/xxfitness

You could pick up yoga or pilates! Something very easy on the body. I like to read motivational books, for example Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. You can totally read other books too! :) You could also look into taking care of your body in other ways - say learning how to do new braids for your hair, taking care of your skin better (shoutout to /r/skincareaddiction and /r/asianbeauty), learning how to mealprep and try new recipes..umm making collages and fashion boards on Pintrest.

As for the eating, I would say to up your protein and fat intake to help you feel satiated & full longer. I used to make these really large fruit smoothies that were relatively low calorie, and sip on them all morning/afternoon to pass time.

u/secretsexbot · 5 pointsr/running

I really like Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. It's not really a training book, more of a memoir in which he talks about the role running plays in his life.

If you want a serious training book I'd go for anything by Pete Pfitzinger. Even if you don't like his training philosophy he has great explanations of how your body changes as you get better at running, with actual science.

A lot of people will probably recommend Born to Run but personally I was annoyed by his tirades on the evil of Nike and shoes in general.

u/HeadphoneJackal · 5 pointsr/running

If you like reading, here are a few other great books:

u/obligatory_mom_joke · 4 pointsr/running

In the book Born to Run, the auther concludes that humans were built for slow paced, long runs. There is some evidence that humans used to participate in persistence hunting - essentially chasing animals until they die of exhaustion. I would think that an in shape healthy adult could easily run on the plus side of a marathon without too much discomfort if they were raised in a running culture and their pace was slow enough. If you haven't read Born to Run you should give it a shot. It's really an interesting read.

u/theoldthatisstrong · 4 pointsr/xxfitness

Chia seeds got very positive press in Born To Run, which is an excellent book whether you enjoy running or not. Additionally, chia seeds are a somewhat balanced source of protein, carbs, fat, and fiber that have the ability to absorb water and turn it into somewhat of a viscous gel. That can be useful if you want to add them to a smoothie to get a thicker texture or make a "pudding", for example. However, never sprinkle them on a salad as they'll generally turn any dressing into what feels like mucous. Overall, I've used them on occasion but am not a fan. YMMV.

u/kmj442 · 3 pointsr/running

Read Born to Run by Chris McDougall. It is a great book and quite insightful. After you are done, get your friend to read it. When he is done ask him when he wants to go running with you.

u/polarbeer · 3 pointsr/guns

Basically what souzaphone711 said.



A cool info site:

The MOST IMPORTANT thing if you decide to give these a try is to EASE into using them. Luckily the guy who sold me my first pair was a true believer and walked me through it. My wife also. Do NOT put these things on and go. Your foot is weak from years of having been encased in shoe support. It takes some time build the muscles back up. If you don't already spend some time in your bare feet start doing so.


Sub-sub-reddit (for hardcores who want NOTHING on their feet, at all - too extreme for me):

Read "Born To Run". Though not the focus of the book, this is the book (plus a guy I know who bought some shoes) that got me to try the shoes out:

The shoes did not just work for me - they helped my wife also. She'd had shin splints, plantar fasciitis, shoe inserts, etc. and she now has six pairs of FiveFingers. She runs much farther than I do (I only go a few miles, she'll do five or six).

If you try it you'll find that people seem to have strong opinions pro or con. The longer someone has been running and buying super expensive shoes and/or been educated in the status quo the stronger they will react.

u/prof3ta_ · 3 pointsr/GetMotivated

If you like this, you guys would love reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Unreal story and super motivational book.

u/shadowedhopes · 3 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

So, I completely sympathize. I am a crappy runner and am really self conscious about running with just about anyone because they're going to be faster than me and I don't want to slow them down. I agree that your boyfriend should be more understanding and supportive and with everything that's been said so far.

But! Your other question is about motivation. Understandably I've never liked running because I'm not good at it. And I never had any desire to be good at it. That is, until I read this book. The freedom and joy derived from running ultra marathons by the people in the story is inspiring.

I'm still not a great runner. I'm still really self conscious about running. But goddamned if I don't really want to love running now.

u/Jaicobb · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

Born To Run by Christopher McDougal is all about the virtues of running barefoot and some great storytelling too.

Bigger Leaner Stronger and Thinner Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews are good books that cover a lot of basics thoroughly. I would recommend only getting one of Matthews books as I've heard they are basically copies with pronouns swapped to be geared toward a different audience.

u/causticwonder · 3 pointsr/running

I'm sure you've either read or been recommended these, but here goes:

Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall.

The Oatmeal's Book

u/slmotivated · 3 pointsr/BarefootRunning

That's a great deal for the Bikilas! I've been running in mine for about a year now and I love them. As long as you start slow and get used to the new form, I think they're really good for you. I had some pretty bad knee and shin issues when I was running in traditional shoes, and all of that went away with my Vibrams.

If you haven't already checked it out and are interested, you should check out Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. It's a really interesting book for a runner.

u/ProblemBesucher · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

well. A book that changed my life back when I was 15 was Walden from Thoreau. I threw away everything I owned. yeah I mean everything even my bed. I own nothing that dates from before I was 15. Would this have the same effect today? who knows.

back then, the book Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche had something to to with me ''taking a break'' from school, contributing too did: genealogy of Morals, into the wild, Adorno - dialectic of Enlightenment ( had no idea what that guy was talking about back then but made me real queasy about the world nonetheless.)

books that changed my life recently: Lying from Sam Harris. Steven Pinker - Enlightenment now made me pick a lot of fights with people who like to hate this world.

Insanity of Normality made me forgive some people I had real bad feelings toward, though I'm sceptical now of what is said in the book

unless you understand german you won't be able to read this: Blödmachinen , made me a snob in regards to media. Bernard Stieglers books might have the same effect in english

oh and selfish gene by Dawkins made me less judgmental. Don't know why. I just like people more


oh lest I forget: Kandinsky - Concerning The Spiritual in Art made me paint my appartement black blue; Bukowski and the Rubaiyat made me drink more, Born To Run made me run barefoot, Singers Practical Ethics made me donate money and buy far less stuff.

u/crd3635 · 3 pointsr/Fitness

Read the book, Born To Run. Not only is it a great book, but it addresses barefoot running and the evolution of the running shoe. Humans aren't designed to wear shoes.

u/fizdup · 3 pointsr/running

c25k is a good way to go. And you should read Born to run It changed my life.

u/auto_pry_bar · 3 pointsr/running

This is the Born to Run you are looking for.

u/AmaDaden · 3 pointsr/todayilearned

Check out the book Born to Run. The main problem is not shoes, but thick shoes like sneakers that don't let your feet flex and bend while they encourage you to strike the ground hard on your heel and not softly on your toes. This has been a much more recent thing. Like the 1950s with the rise of Nike

u/54321modnar · 3 pointsr/physicaltherapy

Born to Run is a great read about human performance reads like a novel. I'm making my way through The Story of the Human Body it's more an evolution perspective of the body and I have to say it is going slow but interesting.

u/DreamCheeky · 2 pointsr/running

Socks is incredibly nice to get. I also enjoy any running material....if he's newer to running then perhaps the following books (which are super cheap) would interest him:

  1. Feet in the Clouds

  2. Eat and Run

  3. Born to Run

    There's plenty of others....but a good read is nice after a nice run.
u/catmoon · 2 pointsr/running

Although the thesis about barefoot running is controversial, try reading Born to Run if you want to change your attitude on running. Running doesn't have to be a grueling battle with your body.

u/fractal_amphibian · 2 pointsr/TechoBlanco

A huevo man! Bahuichivo, Cerocahui y Urique son la mamada. Yo tambien me pase 3 noches ahi. Me salia todos los dias a subir una nueva montaña y ya que llegaba me acostaba en alguna piedra a ver el paisaje y las aguilas volar. Me quede en un luigar que se llamaba La Posada del Oso en Cerocahui y casualmente conocí a un wey que le dicen Caballo Blanco. Es un gringo que organiza un maraton con los tarahumaras y escribio un libro que es super famoso y ha inspirado a mucha gente. El libro se llama Born to Run. Murio el año pasado el wey creo.

Suerte en tu regreso al jale!

u/asgeorge · 2 pointsr/running

You didn't mention anything about how you run or what kind of shoes you run in. If you land on your heal when you run then my suggestion would be to read Born to Run and Tread Lightly and then consider changing the way you run.

Also, keep in mind that X-Rays will not show soft tissue damage (ligament, tendons, etc) so unless you have a broken bone, they are pretty useless.

u/YepThatLooksInfected · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Barefoot is better!! All of your joints will thank you... Get a nice pair of some New Balance runners, or whatever brand suits you. I've been doing the barefoot thing daily now, work shoes as well as running shoes. It solved some weird knee pain that I started feeling - and my pace has actually improved. Barefoot shoes cost a bit more, but are well worth the price in my opinion!

Also, THIS BOOK has been recommended to me time and time again, and I really need to read it, myself.

u/JeanLucsGhost · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Yes you land much more gently if you're forced to do a mid or forefoot strike. I had terrible knee and ankle pain running in traditional shoes--they were prescribed by the fancy running store after watching me run. Pair after pair sucked. Now I use the barefoot style shoe and like running. YMMV

I learned about after hearing an interview with this writer

u/lexpython · 2 pointsr/Supplements

I reccommend this book if you are interested in running. Not striking your heel uses your calf like the spring it's meant to be and allows one to run much more efficiently.

u/jdovew · 2 pointsr/Futurology

This is a pretty good book that really popularized a lot of what running has become. It's a good read too.

I was a test subject for Altra running shoes, and they are a pretty good example of the newer trend. (Even though I don't wear them)

Here are the main points:

  1. You run on your heel because your shoe has cushioning. That's not a natural running stance and is a huge problem.

  2. A heel strike is super high-impact. You put all your weight right on the heel, which goes right into your ankle, knee, back, etc. You have to move your whole body to compensate.

  3. Landing on the ball of your foot/midfoot is the body's natural way to run.

  4. Landing on the mid-foot allows to foot (arch, tendons, etc.) to flex and absorb the impact. This is much less harmful to your body.

  5. Running this way also fixes upper body form and minimizes excess movement.

  6. By absorbing the shock with your feet and taking smaller strides, with your body in alignment, you run much more relaxed. The body doesn't have to move all over to compensate, and injury is dramatically reduced.

    It's pretty simple. You have shock absorbers in your feet. The way we currently run (because of bad shoes) is terrible. You're basically taking a hammer to your heel, knee, and hips and ignoring your feet, which doesn't make any sense.

    Does that help?

    PM me if you want some more info and don't want to dig through books. I've written papers on this, been in studies, and understand it pretty well for a layman.
u/Aruselide · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

When I started running a couple years before HRT it did the same. Your muscle are just not used to it.

I had stopped running due to an slip injury mid-Dec 2016. I started running again 3 months ago, at the same time I started HRT. The first two weeks were a bit hard, but it's normal after a 3-month break.

Now I'm back to outrunning ladies on bicycles and kids in roller blades. HRT doesn't stop you from that. Just work your way up, and remember, it's all in your head. One foot in front of the other, till the end.
I usually run 10k a day on my lunch breaks. Everyone says it's too much, but I remind them that to them, it's overtraining and to me, it's just a walk in the park! Also, I've found that since switching to 5finger shoes, I don't have shin issues anymore, as they force me to land correctly on my feet instead of my heels like regular running shoes.

Edit: Check out these two books, they've helped me tremendously:

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen:

Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life:

u/JOlsen77 · 2 pointsr/goodyearwelt

Haha. I totally fell for the hype after reading Born to Run.

The jury is still out as far as concluding whether they are really the life-changing superfood that many like to believe, but it is a fact that they contain a lot of nutrients absent in the rest of my diet. That, and I can personally attest to the effects of the tremendous amount of fiber contained therein, ifyouknowwhatImean.

u/rougetoxicity · 2 pointsr/BarefootRunning

If your a book reader check out "Born to Run"

Its entertaining, educational, slightly biased, and loaded with hyperbole, but its worth the read for sure.

u/actstunt · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

While I was too into running, I stumbled upon Born to Run and I found it very wholesome and entertaining, it's non fiction but you learn lots of things about running as well other cultures.

u/ThoreauWeighCount · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Honestly, I think pacing is one issue but the main problem is people aren't willing to be uncomfortable. No shame on someone who doesn't have the fitness to run 30 minutes -- after years of not running, lots of people don't currently have that ability -- but I think many more people stay far short of their capabilities because, to borrow your phrase, they don't know how to exercise. I'll frequently see people resting as they walk up a flight of stairs because their heart rate is elevated; if you run for 30 minutes, that level of minor discomfort is something you'll have to accept for 29 minutes. Middle schoolers can do it because no one told them they couldn't, but as they get older people convince themselves that breathing heavy is a sign of impending disaster. And I think threads like this, treating running as some herculean effort when we're all born to run, contribute to the problem.
Source: I live in a city that is far, far from "most active."

u/FlushingDukkha · 1 pointr/Buddhism

VFFs are good for allowing barefoot form and not altering it otherwise. They need a strong warning, though...they are too good at protecting soles, and it is much easier to do too much, and overuse injure yourself. If bf from is not good, you'll get abrasive/sheering stress on the skin on the bottom of your feet. If form is dialed in pretty good, no blister problems. VFFs can protect the skin abuse, preventing you from receiving the message that form is not good enough, which can allow over-stressing other anatomy (Achilles and other tendons, calf muscles, etc...). They can mask cues that something is amiss, leading to false sense of security of good form, and you end up overdoing it and soreness or injury results. I prefer these huarachas for when running surface is too hot or sharp/rocky...they look better IMHO, but more importantly, they aren't so problematic as VFFs described above. Also, they slap loudly when form needs work, and are ninja silent when it is perfect.

Read this for fun and motivation, then this
for easy to understand details of kinesiology, and good bf is spot on...everything you need to know is here.

u/Prime_Move · 1 pointr/nba

I recommend this book

It also advocates for running barefoot as shoes have increased ankle splints and other lower body injuries

u/magic8square · 1 pointr/Fitness

Regarding shoes, there is strong evidence that older shoes are actually healthier and that newer shoes cause injuries.

Read this book: Born to Run

u/jokkerman · 1 pointr/BarefootRunning

being a dedicated barefoot runner myself, two things I can recommend:
Born to Run (a book) by Christopher Mcdougall
Swiss Protection Socks

u/an0mn0mn0m · 1 pointr/C25K

I've been reading this book recently called Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. I've not finished it yet but I couldn't recommend it highly enough to everyone here.

He talks about ultra runners, people who run 50+ miles. The best runners, he notes, are those that do it for fun. It applies to anything in life, and his examples are amazing to read and something I shall apply to every important area of my life.

When I found the right reasons & goals for running, in this case, I made it fun and I've not had to struggle to get out of the door like I used to. I've always been competitive so I currently use my previous times and distance as goals to beat. That will eventually need to change as I hit my limits.

I understand you're just starting out so you're still finding your feet, so to speak, but if running is something you truly want to incorporate into your lifestyle, C25K is the right springboard to start with and maybe check out the book too for some inspiration.

u/johnsgunn · 1 pointr/crossfit

I did when first starting to run in them. Calf smashing with a lacrosse ball really helps a LOT.

Check out some of the barefoot running tips on Vibram's site, and maybe check out Chris McDougall's Born to Run. It takes some time, especially if you've already been running a lot on your heels, but just do a little at a time, and you'll find your pace :)

u/phazer29 · 1 pointr/trackandfield

buy this book and start reading it

I always wanted to do sports in high school but never did because I thought I wasn't good enough for it. Then, in my senior year I decided to join anyways and I have to say it was probably the best decision I made. I wasn't fast at first, but just a few months in I shed all my excess weight and started to become exponentially faster. I didn't get tired anymore and I made a bunch of friends and met a bunch of chicks. It was awesome. Also, if you're gonna run and actually want to be a God at it (and to not look like a scrawny anorexic) you should also hit up the gym once or twice a week on the side. 50% of running is upper-body strength (for short-mid-distances)

u/japroach · 1 pointr/technology

What is the deciding factor you refer to, max heart rate? Or some kind of muscle strain due to starvation/toxic buildup.

I agree with the easy but long duration from what I've read (born to run). His theory is that we've evolved to have incredible running endurance, and can even run animals (antilope, etc) to death by exhaustion. Humans being the only mammal whose breathing process is not directly linked to their running gait.

btw it sounds like he is training for cyclecross, which presumably requires a high output.

u/DarkbunnySC · 1 pointr/technology
u/nickachu_ · 1 pointr/AskMen

I've read born to run while on a beach, it was a good interesting read. Also bought The Animal Dialogues while camping in yellowstone and it was also a great read.

u/TLSOK · 1 pointr/Posture

walking is good. walking barefoot (or with Vibram Fivefingers) is even better.

check out this awesome book, one of the most interesting books i have ever read -

Born to Run - Christopher McDougall

And this is an interesting one -

Walk Yourself Well

u/BloodyPhallus · 1 pointr/TheRedPill

I don't recommend running barefoot, because going from uber-soft super-padded cushioned running shoes to nothing is like a guy who hasn't used his legs in 20 years suddenly deciding he'll run a triathlon.

However, there is One Right Way™ to run, and it doesn't involve pounding your heels into the gravel. Also, the arch is supposed to support itself. That's what an arch does; that's why they're used on bridges. However, if your arch is atrophied from disuse then you'll have weak arches and you'll need "arch support" to compensate.

The human body is a miraculous thing. Humans and now-extinct hominids have been running obscene distances for hundreds of thousands of years. The "traditional" Nike-esque cushioned running shoe foot cast has been around for less than fifty.

Born to Run

u/aePrime · 1 pointr/running

Here are some books, but nothing specific to injuries.

If she likes the Oatmeal, this is a must-have.

The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances

The classic. It's a good read. Take the science with a grain of salt.

Born to Run

Bill Rodgers auto-biography. An entertaining read, but not greatly-written.

Marathon Man

If she's science-oriented, this is a great book. I love this thing:

What Comes First, Cardio or Weights?

u/lercell · 1 pointr/AskMen

It's important that you convince him to make changes by expressing your desires, and through reason.

If he is unwilling to grow, then you have to grow first; be willing to learn more than you previously wanted, provide opportunities.

This isn't about you, it's about empowering your husband.

I am a direct support professional, and I work with the developmentally disabled; I've learned that getting people to do what you want requires them to really feel free to choose.

Sometimes what you want is going to have to change, because what you pictured wasn't sophisticated enough.

Anything worth doing is going to be difficult.

Start with r/intermittentfasting

Here's some things I found interesting.

Similar to "move your dna"

Check out podcasts. Consider all kinds of things. Cbd oil may help with pain, and so will posture/better-movement, and better diet.

u/Ludakrit · 1 pointr/MGTOW

I read a book;

The company I got them from is here;

I went with the sandals, can't comment on the shoe versions, but the sandals are great. The shoes are well reviewed and I plan on picking up a pair in the future, I just have no personal experience with them.

u/LigerRider · 1 pointr/barefoot

If you don't run barefoot, but think you could be interested, I suggest that, as it will strengthen your feet like mad...but take it easy and pay attention to what your feet are telling you. No pain, no gain, won't pay off here, just make you miserable. Before beginning a running routine, I'd suggest reading Born to Run for a fun, interesting, and enlightening true story is very motivating, and will lead you to the rabbit hole. To go down the rabbit hole, I highly recommend reading Barefoot Running: Step by this before starting any barefoot running. This book the real deal, with very helpful and accurate information, with references to literature and research for you to follow deeper. The explanations of what to do, how to do it right and wrong, and why, but in very easy to understand language. IMHO and professional opinion. The only drawback is you have to wade through his personal story, but's still worth it.

For the issue of some or a lot of people having problems with what you do with your feet. Educate them, if that is a them over with a dose of red pill. If not, and for other reasons, such as misguided store owners, restaurants, etc...I recommend Xero huarachas. The Ventures are the next best thing to barefoot me. They are inexpensive, and you can buy kits for DIY. I started with Ventures, then a kit. Nowadays, I make my own from scratch with my design improvements. Any of these suffice for shoewear where it is required. I've never had someone snicker at my sandals, rather I get positive comments, and "where can I get a pair".

If education doesn't do it, and your tribe/village are too intolerant, find new ones. I know, it's easy for me to say this...I live in an incredibly tolerant city (Asheville NC) where it is almost impossible to stick out like some weirdo. I was initially concerned about what people thought of what I have going on below my ankles, but with experience and time, I grown in confidence, and my care for what others think has unraveled to nothing...if they don't like it...pffft! It's their problem. I'll still be running when they are likely hobbled by knee replacements, thousands spent on crippling shoes and foot orthotics, and otherwise buckets of pain. I'm 51, and do about 20 miles a week, and only saw the light 3 or 4 years ago, thanks to the books mentioned above. I now hike barefooted, even a late summer trip up to a glacier field in Alaska last year.

u/Zanowin · 1 pointr/loseit

I also have an autoimmune disease. Mine is MS. So my symptoms are not as bad as yours. All MS cases are different, and I'm lucky that my only "issue" is exhaustion.

So CICO has really helped me. I also go to a personal trainer twice a week (it's a mental thing with me...I don't like to let people down, so having accountability with my trainer has really helped. Also it's harder to skip a workout if you've already paid for it.)

About 8 years ago I read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and it really got me hyped for ruining/jogging (something I'd never consider doing previously)...But that was well before my diagnosis. I might need to read the book again. At my current state, I'm just too tired to walk extra let alone run.

> Disclaimer: I wrote this being very tired. Honestly I'm surprised it will make any sense

u/travisjeffery · 1 pointr/nba

Awesome post. I read Born to Run—a book focused on the benefits of forefoot running and it doesn't argue as well as this post does. The comparison between Westbrook and D. Rose with those pictures really make it clear.

u/statueofmike · 1 pointr/todayilearned

The book Born to Run is a good read on the subject.

Also for those interested in documentaries, Journey of Man contains interesting histories and amazing endurance in a polar climate.

u/riograndekingtrude · 1 pointr/sports

This is a great book about running, mainly ultras:

I read it in one night. Couldnt put it down. I dont particularly like just running (I like to be playing a sport), but this really changed a lot of my thinking about running.

u/Tsiox · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Honestly, clean concrete or asphalt is probably the easiest surface to run on. I didn't believe it either until I got the technique down. But, it's true.

When I started barefoot, I ordered a couple books and did some reading.

The first book is entertaining. The second book is instructional, and the most help in understanding the mechanics. Telling someone how to run barefoot is like trying to explain to someone how to chew. Think about that for a second, explaining a basic body mechanic isn't that simple to do because people just do it.

Barefoot running, when you're doing it properly, is like that. If something hurts, you're doing it wrong.

Now, I wont say that I run 6 minute miles. Again, I like running, but I wish I were more into it, I have a desk job and I'm old. My best mile is probably around 10 minutes or just under it. But, I usually keep that speed or around it the entire run. I can usually run the fastest at the end of my runs, after all of the joints have loosened up and my form is at it's best.

Buy a book and read if you're interested in it.

u/supea · 1 pointr/books

If you've ever been into running Christopher McDougall's "Born to Run" is a real page turner. Well written and a very enjoyable read, I went from cover to cover in 2 days on my first reading. Link to book

u/captainzoobydooby · 1 pointr/bodybuilding

Could also be your form too. Aim for light, quick steps, almost like you're running on coals. If your steps are too long or heavy, it takes more force per step, which kills your legs.

Don't know if you like reading, but this book is a great one that helped me develop a passion for running:

u/rocketvat · 1 pointr/askscience

You might not be so off about the barefoot thing...

u/DHamson · 1 pointr/Fitness

I ran a LOT in high school but switched over to mountain biking because of frequent injuries. Always though running was rough on the joints but then i read Born to Run. Blew my mind and did it's job of convincing me that running shoes are the problem. I could discuss for hours why flat soles are better, it's just evolutionarily sound. Neanderthals were stronger and smarter than we were but less adept at endurance running. Essentially after the ice age it was more advantageous in gathering food and killing prey to be able to move farther and faster than it was to kill the large game Neanderthal was used to. And for those too lazy to read the book just check out the Tarahumara. They'll run 200 miles at a time through canyons on a thin piece of flat rubber tied to their feet.

u/lifeishowitis · 1 pointr/changemyview

Check out Ann Transon, and other documented female 100mi. runners. While men have outperformed her, she did hold the record for a time and even now her record is only beat by about a minute, which is negligible over the course of 100 miles. While men will tend to outperform even in these cases, the time differences are multiples smaller than they are in sprinting and marathons.

Some of the theory behind why can be found here. He wrote a book on it called Born to Run if you're interested in looking into the original source materials or criticisms against his methodology. I have the book on order, but I find the theory behind why this might be the case pretty compelling.

*edit: let me go ahead and caveat that by saying while a minute is anything but negligible for athletic purposes, it's more than sufficient to make my point about men and women hunting or at least traveling for the hunt together. While many results are less fantastic, it seems that it's not uncommon for the long distance men and women to be only a few minutes apart.

u/lon3wolfandcub · 1 pointr/argentina

jaja, no es de medico es de "corredor". Supuestamente este tipo dice que todas esas afecciones se te van despues de correr como los indios tarahumara (es decir descalzo y pisando primero con el frente del pie). Ahora, parece que no es tan asi.

Brett Sutton, entrenador de triatletas de elite (Chrissie Wellington, Mirinda Carfrae) dice que:

>Sutton: The most important thing running in Ironman it’s that it’s more efficient to land with mid-foot strike. Not on the ball of the foot. So, I like the shoes to be low in the heel, not built up and with stability plate. That’s injury city. But don’t worry, no one listens to my thoughts there.

Ahora tambien, si te fijas en maratonistas de elite pisan primero con el frente, pero no creo que vos ni yo corramos una maraton a menos de 3 min/km.

ademas si queres un tip podes comer muchos carbs siempre y cuando sean complejos y vengan acompañados de fibra, y entrenes mucho :)

u/bark_bark · 0 pointsr/AdvancedRunning

Born to Run. Highly recommend it if you're looking for some motivation and to open your mind to the many different perspectives of running.

u/failure_of_a_cow · 0 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

You should not read this book if you want to keep using your shoe example.

Anyway, the argument that you're making is really about scientific advances, not economic ones. Except for the healthcare thing, that one is applicable.

u/JRRS · 0 pointsr/mexico

Por el nombre de fermentados no me voy a detener, yo conozco el Tesgüino (mas tomado del lado este de la sierra) y el bacanora (mas tomado del lado de Sonora).

tradicionalmente los Tarahumaras no toman nada ni consumen nada para correr por que eso afecta su rendimiento o pueden tener un accidente, ellos corren en acantilados y sierras. Se ha estudiado su tradicion de correr y se cree que el runners high o liberacion de endorfinas a cierto tiempo de correr es su "droga".

Correr tiene una tradicion prehispanica y si tenian rituales en donde consumian estupefacientes y corrian entre distintos pueblos: bajo caminos trazados y limpios, distancias no tan largas. Ahora se ha reducido a las tesgüinadas que no son mas que bacanales de alcohol y droga.

Te recomiendo el libro de nacidos para correr de Christopher McDowell, ahí viene todo lo que te estoy diciendo. Para variar un extranjero que viene a estudiar a nuestras etnias porque nosotros no podemos.

Yo se que los mandaderos de narcos usualmente no leen (causa-consecuencia), pero echale ganas, yo se que tu puedes.

u/Kurindal · 0 pointsr/todayilearned

Not spewing BS, please read my other comments when you choose to disregard something or ask for references if necessary.

u/rightname · 0 pointsr/bookclub
u/BriMikon · -4 pointsr/starcraft

If your practice good posture, then the chair doesn't matter at all imo. Also there is a near impossible chance that you are qualified enough to tell this guy that he's wrong. If anything, then I would say a more comfy chair would persuade some one to stay sitting for longer amounts of time, allowing less time for physical activity, which has a positive correlation to good health. Also have you ever heard of the book Born To Run? In a part of it they discuss how humans succeeded evolutionary partly because we were able to run incredibly long distances, tiring out the prey that we hunted. They discuss a tribe in Mexico who run from village to village, sometimes for 30 hours straight without stopping, and they run in barefeet or an extremely thin leather sole. So if this book is correct when it say that running shoes were a detrimental invention for runners (because the tribesman are an example that we have natural cushion on our feet and the shoes makes your feet more sensitive/ bones develop weakly), then I would say my argument has some validity that a comfy chair actually hinders long term comfort.