• Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

This past week my grandson, Drew, showed me his FiveFingers shoes and  gave me his book on the Tarahumara (Raramuri) people of the Sierra Madre in Mexico, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe,  Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall.

In Tarahumara society both genders are world-class distance runners up to 100 miles in mountains with deep canyons.  Their shoes are like going barefoot and like  FiveFingers shoes by Vibram.

I immediately bought a pair of  FiveFingers, the first shoes I have ever put on (even though I have worn Birkenstocks since the 1970s) that truly fit my feet.  Now the 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons, and ligaments in my feet experience the miracle of running with Mother Earth.

Never before, even though I have played basketball and other sports since childhood, have I truly stimulated and exercised the most intricate part of my anatomy.  I have worn my  FiveFingers and have run every day since buying them, without pain and with joyful experience.

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