And the rest of you ain’t looking so good, either

Now that he's figured out what's wrong with our feet, mega-mind Dr. Dan Lieberman has moved on to the rest of our bodies. He's figured out not only why humans evolved to become world champs at packing on fat, but what we can do about it. As usual with Lieberman, it's an explanation and a solution you won't hear anywhere else. And too bad for that. … [Read more...]

I know YOU know this, but…

... it's hard to get other people, particularly journalists, to understand that the debate about running form is not a debate about bare feet. It's encouraging that publications like the New York Times and Men's Fitness have stories about Dr. Lieberman's groundbreaking research on the relationship between running form and injuries (while running … [Read more...]

Why is running form “controversial”? Because your pain is worth a lot of money.

Patient: "Doc, it hurts whenever I go like this. Doctor: "Don't go like that." Over the past few years, Daniel Lieberman's lab at Harvard University has made a series of groundbreaking discoveries by testing one simple premise: if your leg hurts when you move it one way, try moving it another. And what has he found? In 2004, he and Dr. Dennis … [Read more...]

Tarahumara Drought Update, III

I've never met Mickey Mahaffey, but Will Harlan vouches for him and that goes a very long way. Mickey and Will just helped coordinate a full-on Tarahumara rarajipari, or flick-ball race, down in the canyon-bottom town of Urique. The result: four tons of food were distributed not as charity, but as prizes for ultrarunning excellence. The message: … [Read more...]

When it comes to helping the Running People, Will and Caballo are short on words, long on deeds.

Good thing honest brokers like Caballo and Will Harlan are on the job, because when it comes to emergency drought relief for the Tarahumara, the Mexican government is apparently all talk, no pinole. You have to be impressed by the long-range strategies of Harlan and the Horse. Will's approach is to not only help out with immediate food rations, but … [Read more...]

The White Horse rides to the rescue

Caballo is going to head-butt me for that headline, so please note that i'm risking his wrath to capture your attention. The New York Times looked into famine conditions in the Copper Canyons, and their findings are almost identical to what Caballo told me two weeks ago: the mass suicide tales are bogus, but the hardship is all too real. One … [Read more...]