Google Talk on "Born to Run" and Barefoot Running
Had the pleasure of giving a Google Talk recently and would like to share the video with you. When I look back on videos of me talking, the sentence below always comes to mind...Christopher's description of me in Born to Run:
"Barefoot Ted talked the way Charlie Parker played the sax: he’d pick up on any cue and cut loose with a truly astonishing torrent of improvisation, seeming to breathe in through his nose while maintaining an endless flow of sound out of his mouth."
In the end, I truly love telling the story of my barefoot journey, primarily because I think that it is a journey worth taking for any sophisticated, 21st century, highly evolved primate with human ancestors. Done well, running makes us happy and fit...and if done thoughtfully and presently, running reconnects us both to one of our greatest fundamental physical capacities and to the earth. We are ultimately rewarded with joy.
I say don't obsess about distance and speed...rather seek out that sweet spot of joy in running and let that be your guide. In the end, joy is a great teacher...of both your mind and body.