“The Truth About Barefoot Running”

By Christopher | March 5, 2012

In an excellent story for Runners World UK, Sam Murphy does something almost no other reporter ever tries: learning it for herself. She doesn’t just take a few wincing steps; she studies technique, makes a smart effort to master it, dares to climb aboard Barefoot Ted’s Wrong-Way Rickshaw, and even travels from the UK to…

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Race day!

By Christopher | March 3, 2012

Caballo has done it again: somehow he’s managed to pull off yet another “Ultramaraton de Caballo Blanco” at the bottom of the Copper Canyons. Barefoot Ted made it back, and if you’ve read Born to Run, you’ll know how thrilled he was to find this guy waiting to meet him: Manuel Luna, his pal and…

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“I started eating my German Shepherd’s rawhide bones…”

By Christopher | February 28, 2012

Back when I was living in Madrid and before I got my first journalism job, I was lucky to learn one of the best questions you can ever ask someone: “So what got you here?” Defining here is up to them, and that’s what makes the question so great: the first words out of their…

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

By Christopher | February 24, 2012

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…

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I know YOU know this, but…

By Christopher | February 10, 2012

… 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 magazines — surprise!…

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

By Christopher | February 8, 2012

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…

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Tarahumara Drought Update, III

By Christopher | February 6, 2012

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.…

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

By Christopher | February 4, 2012

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…

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The White Horse rides to the rescue

By Christopher | February 1, 2012

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…

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Can he make it look any easier? Marshall Lewy sips whiskey, writes Sundance scripts in 2 weeks, and reveals a bit about the Born to Run movie.

By Christopher | January 27, 2012

Amazing year for Marshall Lewy. One of his projects lost financing at the last sec, but instead of putting his foot (or the investors) through the wall, he bounced back by tearing out a Sundance-worthy script in just 16 days and attracting exactly the star he wanted — Robert Carlyle of “Trainspotting” and “The Full…

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