A reborn runner? Inspiration from the Tarahumara

I first explored the possibility of running barefoot last year (see Sole of a Runner) but my soft, un-calloused, feet were not up for the challenge.  Several months ago I purchased a pair of Vibram Five-fingers and discovered that wearing them during workouts, at work, and while just walking around, relieved the nagging knee pain that I had suffered from for over two years.

Most recently, I came across a book called "Born to Run" and felt in my heart that it's time for me to re-discover my inner Tarahumara.  The Tarahumara are an indigenous tribe living in Mexico's Copper Canyons and they routinely run ultra-marathon distances wearing only home-made sandals.

My plan is to devise a running reboot, a rebirth if you will, to essentially start from scratch and build myself back into the runner I never thought I could be.  I'll be documenting this project as it unfolds, but until then, here is a little inspiration from the Raramuri (literally "The Running People")...




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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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