It was a beautiful, sunny, hot day for the Naked Run that I said I was gonna do. It was part of the Born to Run, Naked Tour to promote Chris McDougall’s book. I heard Chris speak last Fall and loved everything he said – very motivating, inspiring and fun. Today’s event was very different than last fall (where there were hundreds in attendance, it was inside and it was Chris speaking for a longer period of time). Today was a very cool, laid back event that was sponsored by Gear West and The Bookcase. A free 5ish mile run, followed by book signing, brief talks by Eric Orton, Chris McDougall and Scott Jurek, then a Q&A session.
The “Naked” part was supposed to be running barefoot or minimalist, if you chose. Otherwise running without garmins and gadgets and tech stuff. I kept my shoes on, but went garmin-less!
Chris was very funny, just like he was last year. His main message was that so many people focus on getting speed (getting that 3:59:59 they need to BQ) that they forget about the fun of running. He thinks it should be the other way around – focus on the fun and the speed will come.
Scott Jurek spoke for quite awhile then. I have to say, he was REALLY interesting and I liked him alot. I didn’t know a whole lot about him, other than the obvious things everyone who runs knows: That he is THE kick ass ultra runner. He’s WON the Western States 100 mile like 7 years in a row. He is a bad ass. I was surprised by how tall and skinny he was. But I suppose that’ll happen when you run a gazillion miles a year.
I forgot my Born To Run book at home, so I ended up buying the paperback copy they had on sale there. Now I really will have to read it again (which I definitely want to do!)
The Naked Run, in pictures:
Thanks to Gear West for hosting another great event!