Started by mgriffin, December 07, 2007, 09:39:14 AM
Quote from: mgriffin on June 30, 2009, 01:16:00 PMRecently I really, really enjoyed a book called Born to Run which is mostly about a tribe called the Tarahumara in Mexico who live hidden in the canyons and whose culture involves extremely long-distance running, for hunting and for entertainment.The author is an American magazine writer who keeps getting injuries while running relatively modest distances and he becomes curious about why so many modern, urban runners are hurt all the time, despite fancy, expensive running shoes, while relatively primitive runners running in the mountains in bare feet or hand-made sandals, can run 50 or 100 miles at a time without injuries.So it's partly an exploration of the Tarahumara, with insight into the American running scene, particularly the niches of ultramarathoning and trail running, culminating in a "challenge" race between top American ultramarathoners like Scott Jurek and Jenn Shelton, against a handful of Tarahumara runners in their weird garb and sandals.http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-Hidden-Superathletes-Greatest/dp/0307266303This really was one of the most interesting and inspiring books I've read in a long time, and made me question a lot of our assumptions about physical limitations.
Quote from: hdibrell on January 31, 2010, 03:25:27 PMWhale Music - Paul Quarrington . Entertaining book about a reclusive, eccentric, genius, former rock star (based loosely on Brian Wilson) who quits the music business and lives alone in his mansion by the sea working on his music for whales. He doesn't want any contact with the outside world , living on whiskey, drugs and jelly donuts. He gets an unexpected ,uninvited young female visitor from Toronto who believes in his music. It's a fun story to read. Not anything heavy, but entertaining. I know I want to get his main instrument, a seven keyboard emulator, the Yamaha 666 that makes sounds even when it is turned off 8) .
Quote from: mgriffin on February 26, 2010, 08:48:43 AM...Interestingly perhaps the best-known "minimalist" runner, ultramarathoner Anton Krupicka, has been injured frequently in recent years which to me sort of argues against the whole thing.