Been sitting on a couple interviews with Born to Run author Christopher McDougall via Time online and figured I'd go ahead and pass them for your weekend leisurely reading pleasure!
Do fancy running shoes do more harm than good?, originally published 8/20/2009:
McDougall: ... You can't run that way in your bare feet, or in a minimal shoe. So if you run in a minimal shoe all that mumbo jumbo stuff is off the table.
TIME: What do you wear when you run?
McDougall: Usually nothing. I'm in New York now. I'm going for a run later in Central Park--
TIME: Please wear something if you're going to be running through Central Park.
McDougall: I've actually run through the City in my bare feet and didn't have a problem. But when I'm not barefoot I like to wear the Vibram Five Fingers shoes.
The Myth of the Lonely Long-Distance Runner, originally published on 6/01/2009:
TIME: What did running those 50 miles feel like?
McDougall: Most of the miles were a total blast. You start before dawn, so it's dark outside, and you're all huddled for warmth at the start. As you're running, the sun comes up. It's just brilliant. Every moment, every mile brought a vivid sensation. When you allow yourself to ease into the run, as if you're easing into a hot bath, the sensations come to you gradually. You feel your body warming up. You feel yourself hitting a stride. Nothing ever feels forced. It feels soothing and fun. The only crunch time was the last 10 miles or so — they were a little hard. I thought there was going to be more water, but they ran out. One man, Barefoot Ted, was drinking his urine at one point.
Always good stuff from Mr. McDougall!
Be sure and check out my interview with Christopher McDougall!
In it, Chris talks about denying your nature, the sports shoe industry, getting to barefoot, cross-pollinating ideas, and more!