Lost Secret of Perfect Running (or, Ever Wonder Why Running Shoes Always Get Great Reviews?)

By Christopher | November 2, 2011

This Sunday, I have a story in the New York Times Magazine which reveals the secret of perfect running. It’s a drill from the 1800s called “The 100 Up,” and after months of experimentation, I’m convinced it’s foolproof. Check out the story here.

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“If you think of running with us, you’re loco. If you make it to the race, you’re mas loco.”

By Christopher | October 6, 2011

Caballo in Sweden, looking ready and rested for another Copper Canyon Ultramarathon. Mexico is in his blood, but Nordic countries sure seem to agree with the rest of him. Registration is already running high for the 2012 CCUM. With six months to go, 42 international runners have already signed up .

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By Christopher | October 5, 2011

From a Lance Armstrong tweet this morning: @lancearmstrong Just had an MRI done on my plantar fasciitis. Sick of this! Most frustrating sports injury I’ve ever dealt with.. No surprise. Take a look at his form. Brutal. Wonder why Nike coach Alberto Salazar hasn’t gotten on him to lose that heel strike and unlock that…

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“There has always been an “anti-female” attitude lurking beneath the surface of running”

By Christopher | October 4, 2011

The Guardian asked me to weigh in on the bizarre decision by track’s governing body to suddenly change rules that have been in place for 40 years and nullify one of the greatest performances in modern sports: Paula Radcliffe’s world record in the marathon. Is it a coincidence that 23 of the 28 people who…

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Prove it, or pay

By Christopher | September 28, 2011

No study has ever shown that running shoes do anything to reduce injuries or improve performance. Yet the whole multi-billion dollar industry business is based on the marketing lie that running is dangerous if you’re not wearing some kind of super-cushioned or motion-controlling footwear. It’s amazing the shoe companies get away with it. But one…

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If you doubt barefoot running is on the rise..

By Christopher | September 27, 2011

…check out the mob at the NYC Barefoot Festival. Only 2 years old and already booming. Barefoot Ted’s monkey-powered cart was the No. 1 hit (well, excluding the free kegs of Smuttynose pale ale). Watching Ted both pull and be pulled caused Dr. Lieberman to label him “both a rickshaw wallah and a shirtless barefoot…

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You don’t stop running because you get old. You get old because…

By Christopher | September 23, 2011

The Dipsea Demon made it a motto, John J. Kelley made it a tradition by barely slowing during decades of marathon, and the New York Times reports it’s now corroborated by German researchers: A few years ago researchers at the German Sports University Cologne took a close look at the finishing times of 400,000 marathon…

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Hope you enjoyed it, Mr. Vice President

By Christopher | July 1, 2011

What are you reading for pleasure? Have you made it through any good books since becoming Vice President? I read a great deal, but not everything I read is for pleasure. Some of the books I’ve read recently are Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell; Switch by Chip and Dan Heath; The Icarus Syndrome by Peter Beinart;…

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Busted in Boulder: The Graphic Novel

By Christopher | June 16, 2011

From Jenny Uehisa, who caught the showdown on film just when things were getting testy:

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“A kind of wild dirt magazine sort of version of ‘Born to Run’ that honors the true free spirit of what a lot of these people are like.”

By Christopher | June 16, 2011

Peter Sarsgaard, who was a creative writing student under the great Stanley Elkin at Washington University before becoming an actor, talks about his vision for the Born to Run movie and about adding his own screenwriting touch to the script. He’s certainly done his homework, including: interviewing Barefoot Ted at the Leadville Trail 100; getting…

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