I have just dug out this email which I received some time ago after watching a programme on TV about the Tarahumara Indians and thought you may find it of interest – don’t throw away your trainers just yet!
“I wanted to make you aware of a new book that I know will be of interest to you and your readers, BORN TO RUN: A HIDDEN TRIBE, SUPERATHLETES, AND THE GREATEST RACE THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN, by journalist Christopher McDougall. BORN TO RUN tells the story of the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyons, who centuries ago discovered techniques which allow them to run for hundreds of miles with minimal effort, all the while maintaining nearly perfect health. Chris McDougall stumbled upon a mysterious man named Caballo Blanco, and together they not only uncovered the secrets of the Tarahumara, but also planned and trained for a 50 mile ultramarathon in the Copper Canyon with the Tarahumara and some of America’s best (and weirdest) ultradistance runners. The ultrarunners include Scott Jurek, Barefoot Ted, and Jenn Shelton, all famous in this small, intense world of ultras.
We’ve put together this great video of Chris, take a look:”