Christopher McDougal’s book “Born to Run” has done amazing things for my training. The four points “easy, light, smooth, and fast” have simplified what I am paying attention to on each run. I highly recommend this book for all runners, and anyone who likes a great true drama story. The book is about a group of Mexican ultrarunners called the Tarahumara.
- Easy – If it’s not easy, you’re working too hard. Slow down, take smaller steps, and simplify.
- Light – Be light on your feet. Your joints aren’t made to POUND into the ground.
- Smooth – Make your movements smooth and efficient. Excessive bouncing wastes energy. You want to move forward, not up.
- Fast – Fast will happen naturally when you master easy, light, and smooth.
I got it easy already, becoming light and smooth now. I believe that by the time I reach California I will also be fast. We will see.