Goshen Film - Tarahumara Documentary

Tarahumara Men Runners

From the creators or Back To Eden comes a new documentary featuring the indigenous Tarahumara tribe, renowned for their running endurance and prevention of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

To get their editing process over the finish line, they are asking for tax deductible donations. For your trouble you receive seeds and/or Xero Sandals.

A fantastic situation: you get to make a tax deductible donation to a group creating something you're deeply interested in, and in return you even get a little something back!

I encourage you to check out the video if you haven't already, it looks like it could be a riveting documentary with your support.

Have a purpose to every run

To ensure you get the most out of your time running, you should make sure you aren't performing a workout "just because". It pays to know why you're doing what you're doing.

Here's a problematic example: I want to run a half marathon, but I'm not sure how to train for it. The internet must have the answer, so I search and find 100's of programs I could use.

After careful consideration -- that is, picking randomly -- I decide to use a Hal Higdon program. Now I'm no novice, so I choose his intermediate plan.

This plan has a number of wonderful types of workouts. Everything from tempo runs, to intervals, to long runs. Rare for a plan, it also explains the types of runs which are to be completed. It explains the how of each run type, but does not touch on the why you should be performing it.

As I begin to follow the training plan, I run the pace it says I should run and hope for the best.

After the first month I hit a speed bump. I'm sick for a few days and skip the scheduled workouts.

Now that I'm off the beaten path

Why are you running?


On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

-- Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Have you ever stopped to ponder why you run? During a run, have you ever thought, why am I doing this?

Now I don't mean when you're in the middle of a race and the bile is creeping up your throat, I mean when you're relaxed and able to make a sound judgement.

Why do you run?

This answer surely revises as people progress through life. It may even change to, "I'm not anymore". It's imporant to consider the why, even if you end up being unable to articulate your reasons.

Why do I run? Let me enumerate:

  1. Meditation in motion. I feel more sane when I'm done running. There are so many moving pieces to life these days: from family, to work, other responsibilities.

    Before I took up running, I could make it through an entire week without taking a moment for reflection.

    While I'm running, I'm reflecting on life. Some days I reflect on deeply spiritual quandries: the meaning of life, the purpose of existence, and the square root of -1.

    Other days, I simply reflect on a project

Stride types - Jack Daniels Edition

I've been enjoying reading through Jack Daniels, "Daniels' Running Formula 3rd Edition" this week.

His 2nd edition book has remained my go to reference for understanding training paces and devising training plans.

Running Formula 3rd Edition

This updated version contains many more plans, expanded terminology, and more direct explanations regarding the "why" of the training ideas.

I'll be covering the ideas presented further, however this struck me as particularly interesting:

Runners who are relatively new to the sport should experiment with different foot-strike techniques and use the one that is most comfortable, that is the least fatiguing, and that allows for a light and quick turnover rate of about 180 steps per minute.

How succinct is that? He's reinforcing the idea that you should experiment with yourself to determine the most effective manner of running for your body.

No one is going to be able to tell you what will be most effective for you in terms of stride, but they can tell you that focusing on 180 steps per minute and seeing how you run naturally is a fantastic idea.

The runner's morning

Always I rise, my eyes still sticky with sleep, my brain still fuzzed from the muddy night’s sleep. Before I stand up, I force my legs to tighten, testing their stiffness from yesterday’s adventures. Callouses may cover my feet, but my muscles always twinge with the anticipation of the day’s first step.

Darkness still reigns supreme as I finally slip out of bed, careful not to wake the wife. Every step sends shivers up my body as the synapses begin to fully fire. Frankly, it’s too early to be awake, but sunrise waits for no man. Getting out the door is the most important step.

Having placed everything out the night before makes it easy. I slide into my gear. Just contemplating being outside makes me anxious. Kneeling, my hands fumble to tie my shoes. Looking back through the door, I’m ready, let’s run!

My arm flicks the door handle and I’m bounding outside before I even hear it shut. No one can stop me now. Often I start out this way, like a caged gazelle finally free. Part of me knows this never lasts. Quickly I put that thought out of my