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Becoming Tarahumaran | Rekindling the Native Spirit of Running
* Spicy Cabbage and Pinto Beans on 2 Tortillas
* 1 Pinole "Brownie"
* 1 Glass of Iskiate
* 1 Bowl of Spicy Cabbage, Pinto Bean and Yam Soup
had planned on reading the book "Born
as inspiration before I set off on my journey on foot from Delaware to
California but, since I wasn't able to build enough support for such a
feat, I got a bit discouraged, stopped running and grew a gut and a
beard. But after finally reading the book, I was surprised to
find how much I have in common with the Tarahumara people.
Running to them is fun, and it's not about earning medals or
ending up on a finishers list, which is probably why they can run 100
miles in sandals made out of old tires and still be smiling by the end
of it. I feel that we should all run to improve who we are;
should be competing against the old you, not against others.
when it comes to nutrition and footwear, that's where the Tarahumara
people and I don't have much in common. So, it's time for me
shake the dust off my running legs and step up to the plate once again,
to physically challenge myself to "become Tarahumaran". How will I do
Well to start, I'm going to have to kick
my fancy running shoes to the curb and slip on a pair of Xero Shoes
which are very similar to the huaraches that the Tarahumara people wear
on their runs. The more expensive your running shoes are, the
more likely you are to have some kind of running injury, and there have
been studies conducted which prove that fact. I
Xero Shoes over the Luna Sandals because Xero Shoes are cheaper, they
offer a 5,000 mile performance gaurantee, you have the option to have
them custom fit the shoes for you and they donate 10% of the purchase
price to the Tarahumara Children's Hospital Fund (which is much better
than the 1% that Luna Sandals donates to the Copper Canyon Ultra
Marathon). When I run, I will have no set path, speed or
just going to run until my body tells me it's time to stop, and you can
see my monthly progress below. Now, I'm going to be tracking
of my runs with the RunKeeper App
, and feel free to add
me as a friend
on there, but if I want to be comfortable running really long distances
then I'm going to have to make some Tarahumaran changes to my diet,
which you can see below. What I have outlined for you below
partially inspired by another website
and it is how I
will be eating only
on the days I run (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), which will make it
easier for me to stick with it and compare how differently I feel
whenever I'm consuming a strict Tarahumaran diet.
Here is my Old Tarahumaran
Diet (first 3 months, while still running)...
* 1 Hard-Boiled Egg
* 1 Orange
* Pinole "Oatmeal"