Thursday, February 3, 2011

Born to Run - TED Talk

I've mentioned this guy before - Christopher McDougall


Richard said...

Awesome video. I read an article on Men's Health about this tribe a while ago -

It goes into barefoot running quite a bit.

Simon Primal said...

I totally agree with McDougall on the issue of footwear, and found the book Born to Run highly entertaining, but have to say I find question with many of his theories.

For instance - We evolved to persistence hunt, meat providing the nutrition to develop our brains, therefore the best diet for an endurance runner - Vegetarian?

The Tarahumara eat rice and corn, and are healthier than us, so rice and corn must be the best food. They also smoke a roll up on the start line, should we do that too?

I would argue humans are born to adapt - Yes we can run, but we can also climb, swim, jump, throw (movnat anyone?) - We are a jack of all trades, master of none.

Had the scientist (stroke "unbiased" endurance runner)McDougall works with been a weightlifter, and had they gone to Bulgaria, could the book have been titled "born to lift?"

I do love the idea of Vibram FiveFingers being the answer to world peace however, just a shame they're so damn pricey!

Doug McGuff, MD said...

These TED videos are always inspiring in a tent-revival kind of way. It makes ME want to go out and run a marathon.

I think the injury patterns may have as much to do with the chronicity of steady state activity as it has to do with footwear. Steady state ANYTHING is bad IMO. When our ancestors persistence hunted, we did not jog an animal to death. There is a very fractal pattern of high and low intensity activity.

WRT the longevity of physical performance, I have clients in their 70's and 80's that perform at a strength level higher than the average 19 year old off the street. The wellspring of the active genotype lies within the musculature....particularly the fast twitch fibers.

Unfortunately, if you chronically partake in an activity that fails to recruit fast twitch fibers, the adaptation includes a loss of those fibers (which are physiologically perceived as excess baggage). Running is not necessarily bad...steady state running is definitely bad IMO.

WRT the injury issue, I have run my training facility for 14 years now and we have never injured a client. I have no injuries from the BBS approach, but have had some from other forms of exercise. Overall, no long term joint problems or overuse issues at all. I am stronger at 49 than I was at 19.

I do not make any claims for world peace.

JetAviator7 said...

Great video. I love to run, but my back gives me a lot of trouble. Lately I have been reading some teeter inversion table reviews that make it sound like it might be a great solution for me.

I miss running!