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Christopher McDougallBilly Yang interviews Christopher McDougall, American journalist and author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. His 2009 best-selling ethnography sold over three million copies and sparked a movement in minimalist running.

McDougalls engaging storytelling in Born to run traces members of the Tarahumara Indian tribe living in the copper canyons of Mexico. After repeateded running injuries, McDougall marvels at this tribe's ability to run ultra distances (more than 100 miles) at incredible speeds, without suffering the typical running inflicted injuries.

Running legend, Michael Swinton "Bruce" Tulloh, dies aged 82

Famed barefoot runner, world-class athlete, coach and author Bruce Tulloh has passed away at his home in Marlborough on 28th April 2018. Bruce won the European title in the men's 5,000 metres at the 1962 European Championships, set a British six-miles record (27:23.8) in 1966, and was part of the national title winning Portsmouth A.C. team in cross-country and road running in the 1960s amoung many other accolades. He was famous for running barefoot in many of his races, the first non-African to compete without shoes in top-level international races, arguing that the lack of weight on his feet enabled him to accelerate more suddenly.  

Full article with detail at Athletics Weekly

 

Scott Jurek Eat & Run

Scott Jurek, world famous ultrarunner, bestselling author of Eat & Run, public speaker and all-round legend gives some tips on diet and running for in this interview with Waylon Lewis of Elephant Journal. "Running is basically controlled falling" - Jurek

The physiology of stretching

Check out this very informative video explaining the physiology of stretching from Dianna Cowern (AKA Physics Girl) featuring the hyperflexible contortionist Sofie Dossi  and University of Southern California Biomechanist K. Michael Rowley.

Stretching regularly can help your flexibility by changing the water content in your muscles, stem cell differentiation, your sensitivity to the mild pain of gentle stretching, the contract/relax reflex loop from your muscle to your spinal cord, and muscle fibre length. 

Brazilian ultra-endurance athlete Fernanda Maciel

Meet Fernanda Maciel, Brazilian ultra-endurance athlete quit her job in 2006 and moved to the village of Coll de Nargó, population 40, where she now spends around four hours a day training for ultra-endurance races around the world. She hasn't watched TV since 2005, and meditates regularly, occasionally going on 10-day silent retreats.

Fernanda Maciel set a world record when she summited Argentina’s Aconcagua mountain, because she was the first female to ever run the entire way. But for a woman who grew up in a family of fighters, running up mountains is all in a day’s work — and the stuff of dreams.Fernanda Maciel set a world record when she summited Argentina’s Aconcagua mountain, because she was the first female to ever run the entire way. But for a woman who grew up in a family of fighters, running up mountains is all in a day’s work — and the stuff of dreams.

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