Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Some Running Videos

Hey, here are some running videos.  Basically I've been geeking out watching them lately, and I should be in bed right now, but I don't like seeing a two-month-old post at the top of this thing.  So check these out!  I think they're great as drama, even if you're not into running.

They're also a corrective to the tendency that a lot of Americans (myself included, I admit) have to lump all African runners together.  Like, "the Kenyans," or, "the Ethiopians."  There are a lot of colorful personalities on display here if you can get past the hard-to-pronounce names. Especially Sammy Wanjiru, R.I.P.

Oh, and another thing they're a corrective to: people getting obsessed and/or dogmatic about form. Don't get me wrong -- form is important and I think about it all the time.  But in this class I coach I was lecturing people about not holding your arms too high, not swinging them side to side, etc. etc. And some of these guys break a whole bunch of "rules" (even sometimes heel-striking ... the horror ... the horror), all while running 4:30 miles for two hours straight.  So hey, whatever.  To an extent, I think you run how you run.  But, you know, first world problems.

Anyway, without further ado. The first one is my favorite but the second one is pretty badass too.