Every now and then I come across a book that really makes me think. Last week a very good friend of mine, who happens to be an exceptional runner, gave me a copy of BORN TO RUN by Christopher McDougall. It basically states that human beings were never meant to wear shoes. Prior to 1970′s and the birth of Nike, pretty much all sneakers were flat bottomed, rubber soles with no arch support or any other technological trickery that is injected into the current $200 running fare. Hence, it is no coincindence that during the pre-1970′s era, there were virtually no ankle, knee, hip, lower back problems, etc. reported. But once Nike came into the scene and created all this “support” & “cushioning”, all those medical problems came into existence and skyrocketed. Diagnosis…the human foot is not meant to be cushioned or supported. The natural arch is a wonder in design that only millions of years of evolution could have crafted. By wearing expensive shoes with all this technological support gadgetry, we are removing our feet from it’s natural state…hence innovating backwards and creating problems. Blew my mind. I’m going to go run barefoot for a while and find out for myself.
What’s something you’ve come across recently that totally blew away your current mode of thinking?