Running is the most natural thing in the world. We can all do it-it’s the thing we learn just after we learn to walk. Some are good at it some are bad, some love it whilst others hate it. I’m bad at it and I hate it, well at least I did. I’ve ran a couple of marathons and a half marathon and always had to run for various sports but my technique is less about gliding effortlessly across the surface of the earth and more about smashing my feet into the ground as hard as possible until the earth gives in (it hasn’t yet). I thought this was my lot and the associated injuries and pain was just going to be something I had to just deal with. I want to run from Alaska to the Atlantic, so I’ll have just do it-pain, aches, strains tears and fractures included.
That was until I read an incredible book by Christopher McDougall called “Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen”. This book changed everything. It’s written by a guy who’s struggling to answer one simple question-why does my foot hurt? His search took him to everyone from doctors, runners and physios to hidden tribes in Mexico. It’s changed my view on running-I can now see the joy in it. I’ve made a few common sense changes to my technique and it’s made all the difference.
I’m now thirsty for running adventures and the run leg of my next expedition is the one I’m looking forward to the most. The next three videos are for fans of running and fans of adventure.
Running Across The Sahara
I think this is my all time favourite modern expedition. It’s a stupid idea, it’s long, it’ll be tough and it’s going through one of my favourite parts of the planet, Africa.
Running Around The World
I got e-mailed this the other day and love it. A couple left their home in Switzerland and decided to run around the world. He ran and she drove a motorbike. Amazing.
Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Who Has Ever Lived
Running far is all good and well and it’s what is most important for my trip but running fast is just cool. Nothing is more majestic and anticipated that the 100m sprint final at any athletics meet.
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