Has anyone read the book "Born to Run"? I am almost done reading it and it is awesome! It is written by a extreme sports enthusiast/journalist, who couldn't run 3 miles a week without having major joint issues. So the book is about his quest to learn how to run. It reads like an adventure novel and it is really well written. I highly recommend it, especially for people who run and for people who hate running as well.
I haven't run any distance for like ten years until just recently. I have a snappy hip and it gets sore when I run; it's from a tight iliotibial band (IT) band I believe. I used to tell people that I only run when I am being chased! But after learning about barefoot running and forefoot strikes and actually trying it, I think I can run again with out pain. Fore foot strikes are shorter strides and a whole different motion than the standard heel strike. There is a great website on this by Harvard University. So heel strikes can cause some serious impact to our bodies:
So this journalist had to travel far and wide to learn the "secret" to running. How to run and why we run in the first place. It is a fascinating book and has inspired me to run! I have an urge to go run just for the fun of it. I used to always hate the term "Fun-run". Running fun? I don't think so. But maybe it is after all; it's not just the runner's high.... it is part of who we are.
Check it out and let me know your thoughts.