I still feel sick today and kept going back and forth about running. Ultimately, I didn’t and I think it was a good decision as I’ve felt worse all day.
Here are my #stravastats from April:
“Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” as feature-length documentary about ultra-running legend Micah True will premiere at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis on Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m. The one-night-only event is co-sponsored by Minneapolis Running and the TC Running Company.
Micah True, better known as Caballo Blanco – the White Horse – was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico. Also known as the Rarámuri, or Running People, they are some of the best long-distance runners in the world.
Caballo Blanco was an enigmatic visionary who lived and ran with the Tarahumara after moving to remote Copper Canyon in the 1990s, and who created the fifty-mile Copper Canyon Ultra-Marathon to honor their running traditions and aid in their sustainability. Now in its thirteenth year, the race attracts hundreds of local Tarahumara to the village of Urique to compete alongside some of the best runners in the world. All race finishers receive five hundred pounds of corn, which the international runners traditionally donate to the local Tarahumara, commemorating the spirit of sharing, or “kórima,” which is a way of life among the natives of Copper Canyon.
The documentary is directed by Sterling Noren, a filmmaker from Seattle who met Micah True in 2009. Most of the material for the film was recorded in the weeks leading up to the 2012 race. Shortly after that race, Micah True disappeared in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico during his daily run, prompting ultra-runners from all over the country to drop everything and join in the search. His body was recovered several days later, found on a trail in a deserted canyon by some of his friends.
“We wanted to tell the story of Micah True in a way that was exciting and authentic, so that viewers could get a sense of what an amazing and inspiring person he was,” said Noren, of Seattle. “Micah’s vision lives on and his legacy is honored in this film. The film shares Micah’s compelling message of love, hope and kórima with the world while helping sustain the people and culture that meant so much to him. We’re honored to be part of this project and are committed to keeping Micah’s mission alive.”
“Micah’s genuine passion for honoring the sacred running traditions of the Tarahumara people was the essence of his being,” said Maria Walton, executive producer of the film and Micah True’s girlfriend at the time of his death. “We made this film to share Micah’s vision of hope for the Tarahumara culture and empower people everywhere with his joy of running.”
The 90-minute film recently won the 2015 Bud Greenspan Memorial Film and Video Award, presented by the Track & Field Writers of America. In addition, the film also was named winner of the prestigious Award of Excellence from the IndieFEST Film Awards, which recognizes film, television and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, contributing to profound social change. The IndieFEST Film Awards said of its latest winners, “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries,” of which Run Free was singled out for its creative excellence.
Most recently, the film was named the Best Documentary at the 2015 Arizona International Film Festival.
A percentage of the film’s profits, including from DVD sales, will go to benefit Norawas de Rarámuri (Friends of the Running People), the non-profit agency founded by Micah True to preserve traditional Tarahumara culture. Norawas de Rarámuri works to provide maize, non-GMO seed corn, and cash awards for participating Tarahumara runners, both men and women alike. On this way, the organization offers Tarahumara families nutrition during drought and support for a tradition of small farms necessary to both physical and cultural survival.
Tickets for the event are $12 in advance at www.imathlete.com/events/runfree or $15 at the door the night of the show, or can be purchased at either TC Running Company location for $11. The TC Running Company, the Twin Cities’ premier running specialty shop, has locations at 6405 City West Parkway in Eden Prairie and at 12862 Bass Lake Road in Maple Grove. For more information, go to www.tcrunningco.com.
The Riverview Theater is located at 3800 42nd Ave. South in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Running is a website created in 2012 as a virtual clearinghouse for all things running in th Twin Cities. Its motto is to “motivate Minnesotans to become strong runners while living happier lives.” For more information, go to www.minneapolisrunning.com.
For more information about the film, go to www.runfreemovie.com.
The idea of Functional Fitness has been around for awhile. I’m not 100% sure of its origins, but it is based around the idea that going to the gym and lifting weights doesn’t necessarily make you strong enough to do every day tasks. Say that you can bench press 300 pounds but you can’t move a couch across the room – you are really strong, but lack functional fitness. Your 300 pound bench is meaningless in real life. Your fitness lacks a daily function.
Crossfit is a huge proponent of Functional Fitness. I’m not sure what flipping tires has to do with daily function, but really we don’t do that very often. Much of our workouts improve or focus on our core strength which can have a huge impact on our daily functioning. We are also constantly working on improving overall strength in areas that are weakened by our sedentary lifestyle and office/seated working styles.
But my thought today is about more than being functionally fit. It is about using our fitness, but more specifically our daily training as a part of daily life. What does that idea mean to you? To me this could look like a few different things:
1. Stretching or doing yoga poses while standing in line. You might get some funny looks, but why not reclaim some of that time?
2. Changing daily activities like sitting at your desk, to improve fitness. Get a treadmill desk, standing desk, or balance ball chair.
3. Using your training to complete a task. Ride your bike to work, the store, etc. Or even literally run errands.
This cam to my mind recently as I literally ran some errands. Based on the schedule I couldn’t get a morning run in, but I was dropping the car off the get serviced. It was going to be a good 2 hour service, so I decided to run the 5 miles home. I rode my bike back to pick up the car later. I’ve done this before with the bike, but I needed to get a run in that day so I swapped it around. Running to work can be hard as you’ll most likely need a shower even in cooler weather while biking is a little more forgiving in that area!
I’ve been using a balance ball chair for over a year now. Two things I have to remember are to keep it inflated and to make sure I’m sitting properly in it. Mine has a little bit of a back so it is easy to slouch which negates some of the benefits. Having it fully inflated makes it harder to slouch!
I have a friend who often would stretch while waiting in line. Of course some people gave him funny looks, but really who cares. Most of the people you will never see again. Some stretches are super easy to do and don’t require you to expand your personal bubble too far!
How can you integrate your fitness regime more into your daily life?
This winter I started using Instagram as a way to log my workouts. You have to be a little bit creative in using pictures to showcase your runs. It definitely helps if you have scenic or photo-worthy places to go! It is actually super-easy to do, especially now that most runners always have their cell phone with them.
All you need is your cell phone and a few apps. You could do it without your phone but the beauty of it is taking pictures while running and its simplicity. I have a LG Optimus G which has a 13 MP camera which takes some great shots!!
Since I have an Android phone I’m going to talk about Android apps and give links to the Google Play store. I’m sure all you Apple lovers can find the same apps in iTunes too!
Obviously you need the Instagram app. I just use my phone’s standard camera app, but you could install a different one if you wanted. I use Strava Cycling to record my run. To record the weather for the run, I use the Weather Channel app. Last but not least, I use Photogrid-Collage Maker to the make the collages of pictures. I think most phones now have built in screen capturing (shot) but if yours doesn’t you will need one.
Now that you have all the apps installed you are ready to run!! Here’s what I do:
What creative ways have you found to log your runs?
A recent daily mission over at Daily Mile was
What workout gear do you pack when you travel?
Since I’ve been training for a triathlon I’ve thought a lot more about this topic than previously, but I still pretty much only worry about bringing a pair or two of shoes, a pair or two of shorts and a Garmin. Well, ok a tech shirt and “running” socks as well.
Depending on where we are going really makes a difference in how I pack. For example, when I went to Spain this spring I brought 2 pairs of running shorts and my Garmin specifically for running at least twice. I could have only brought 1 pair of shorts and washed them out, but oh well. I made sure that I brought several pairs of running socks and tech shirts that I could wear throughout the week while touring and then re-wear them for a run. I brought a pair of my running shoes to wear around while we were touring.
That has become my travel strategy for recent travel where I want to run. Wear a tech shirt on the travel day or one of the first days so that I can re-wear it for a run later in the week. Running gear doesn’t have to take up a lot of space which is super-nice. When we went up with Christy’s family to a cabin over the 4th of July I was bringing my swimsuit already since it was on a lake and so I threw in my goggles, though I never went for a training swim.
I think the Garmin is important when you are travelling for two important reasons – 1) it gives you accurate distance and time information (and stores it for you until you are able to log it), and 2) if you get lost in unfamiliar territory it can help you get back home!
When travelling, pack light and don’t be afraid to wash your clothes in the shower/sink and re-use them (or at least get the stink out).