From the monthly archives:

August 2012

And it’s totally do-able. It ain’t cheap, but opportunities of a lifetime never are.
From Outside magazine:

Next winter, Jurek is joining forces with the Himalayan Cataract Project and imagine1day to offer 14 runners the chance to join him on a 10-day voluntour and running expedition to Ethiopia. “I’ve been trying to find partners and projects that bring together my passion for running with my desire to give back,” says Jurek of the Accelerate Ethiopia program, a fundraising initiative launched today to support HCP, a group that supplies high-quality, low-cost eye care in the developing world and imagine1day, a Canadian non-profit working to provide all Ethiopians access to quality education funded free of foreign aid by 2030. “This trip allows runners to not just raise money through racing, but to experience an amazing culture and give back along the way.”

The trip, which runs from February 22 to March 3, 2012, is a unique opportunity to train and race with some of the world’s best endurance athletes in one of the most stunning trail running settings on the planet. In addition to spending time with Jurek, participants will join Ethiopian superstars Gebre Gebremariam (winner of the 2010 New York City Marathon), Werknesh Kidane (world cross-country racing champion), and Haile Gebresalassie (two-time Olympic gold medal winner in the 10,000 meters) on runs in the rugged Gheralta Mountains, home to some of the world’s oldest Christian churches.

At his wedding last month, Scott and his new bride personally served dinner to every single guest. For those of us with shabbier moral codes, it’s hard to ever measure up to a guy like that. Here’s your chance.

Running Shoes, re-Born.

by Christopher on August 9, 2012

Coach E, the guy who beat me in a bet when I said there was no way I could run a 50-mile footrace, also opened my eyes to the sins of structured running shoes. Better put, he won the bet because he showed me how destructive they are. Instead of just beefing about the problem, he’s come up with his own solution — he’s designed his own minimalist shoe. He’s calling it B2R, although I have to point out that it’s entirely his business, not mine (the punk hasn’t even gotten around to sending me a pair yet. Size 13, please! 14 if you’ve got it).
What I like most about his approach is his idea that shoes are an accessory, not a solution. The best shoes protect your feet but stay out of your way. They don’t change anything. They don’t fix anything. If you’re doing something wrong, nothing you buy will help. If you learn to run correctly, you can wear whatever you please.

Even Crocs. Maybe especially Crocs. According to John Kent, a 62-year-old New Zealander, all you have to do is sling one of his Eazirun ankle straps around your Crocs and you’ve got a cheap, durable, ultra-ventilated pair of zero(ish)-drops that will last 1,000-plus miles. Think he’s wrong? You’re arguing with a senior citizen who can blaze a 10k in under 40 minutes. That’s 6:25 a mile for 6.2 miles at age 62.

Echoing hooves…

by Christopher on August 8, 2012

Caballo’s girlfriend, the Apache Butterfly, helped design this beautiful race poster for next year’s Caballo Blanco Ultramarathon. (I’m betting right now the tattoo artist at Coyote’s Born to Run race is going to face heavy demand for that design).
To top it off, Maria then grabbed a’hold of the same burro that Caballo ran with last year in Leadville’s Boom Days race … and finished in eighth place, same as he did. “I felt his spirit with us along Mosquito Pass,” she writes.
The 11th Caballo Blanco Ultra, in March 2013.

PS — Why does it hurt so much when you stub your toe, way more than the damage done? Barefoot Ken Bob explains, at about 3:10

Dr. Lieberman, Harvard’s “Barefoot Professor,” breaks it down to 5 easy tips:

And to put it all together, I still haven’t found anything better than the 100 Up.

Here’s Alberto Salazar, coach of America’s new Olympic silver medalist, Galen Rupp, putting it into action: