Born To Run
I mentioned before that for Christmas my super awesome boyfriend got me a Kindle (!!!) but I failed to mention that I blew through my first ebook in approximately three days. The first book I read was "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall and it was so good. It might have helped that I'm obsessed with running, but I'm pretty sure even the running-haters out there would still find this story incredibly interesting.
It's a true story about a journalist on a quest to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara tribe, a group of people living in the Barrancas (or Copper Canyon) in Mexico who run great distances (I'm talkin' a hundred miles at a time) through an effing canyon wearing just thin leather sandals. These people are awesome. They barely eat meat, they rarely get injured and they survive in one of the most dangerous places to live (can you imagine bringing up toddlers in a canyon?!) Basically I want to follow these people around and learn their secrets for myself, but this book is the next best (less dangerous) route.
Considering the length and nuisance of my left knee injury, I was more than willing to learn about a running technique that could possibly help cure and/or avoid future injuries, so..
I got Vibrams for Christmas!!
I ran one mile (very slowly) in them on Christmas day and my calves are still sore, but my knee wasn't too bad. I take this as a ginormous sign that I'm supposed to build up my foot strength and all my running problems will be gone once I find the perfect stride. Just let me think this way.
I also got this super cute apron to cook all my vegan cookbook recipes in! (Don't mind the pjs and non-makeup-face.) I will keep you all updated on my Vibram running experiences. I'm pretty excited about it. Also, I highly recommend you read this book if you have even the slightest bit of interest in running. It's amazing.
Song of the day -- the oh-so-appropriate Bruce Springsteen: