Yuki Kawauchi of Setagaya, Tokyo, recently turnedÂ a very bright light on his countryâ€™s running legacy, given a chance by almost no one, he won the Boston Marathon â€” the oldest and most prestigious of the worldâ€™s annual marathons â€” in frigid temperatures, relentless wind, and horizontal rain. Here's how he prepared.
Popular running culture tends to reflect the beliefs and priorities of the era that generates it. A decade ago, the reigning champion of the genre was the natural/minimalist running movement. I love the way natural running connects us to the legacy of East African and Native American runners, particularly those who grew up running barefoot. But minimalism isn’t limited to the shoes on your feet.
It’s time to change the way we approach the world’s most natural and inclusive sport. The type of minimalism that I teach is a timeless idea that has been around for a quite long time. It has to do with significantly reducing the muscular energy expended while running and the pounding on the body that occurs as a result of unnecessary, constant tension as well as the misapplication of effort resulting in loss of form and overtraining. My system is very easy to communicate and it helps you discover the science of running in your own personal experience.