Terra Plana & Profile Books are very proud to present:
A barefoot evening with Christopher McDougall, author of the international bestseller Born to Run.
What: join us to investigate what gives ultra-runners their ability & hear how a multi-million pound fitness shoe industry – built on arch supports, shock absorbers & extra padding – is actually doing more harm than good.
For 1 night only, we are hosting a slide show, book signing & Q&A with the author… celebrating the book’s paperback release.
Why: Born to Run has already stormed the NY Times best seller list. This book has been instrumental in starting the barefoot revolution & has freed readers to do what we are born to do…run.
Who: McDougall is a contributing editor for Men’s Health & writer for Runner’s World. He has been a sportswriter for Esquire & the New York Times Magazine & has run numerous races, including the Death Valley Marathon…
When: Tuesday 8th June 2010 / doors open 19.15 pm
Where: Ethical Society / Conway Hall , 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
(tube: Holborn / on bus routes include: 19, 38, 55, 243 (Theobalds Road)
“Born to Run is a fascinating and inspiring true adventure story, based on humans pushing themselves to the limit. A brilliantly written account of extraordinary endurance, far from home – that also explains how anyone can run better – it’s destined to become a classic.”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
ADMISSION IS STRICTLY BY TICKET & GUEST LIST ONLY; SPACES ARE LIMITED.
For guest list places (1 per person) please send an email with your full name to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leading by example, Galahad Clark, talks about the triathlon in the London Triathlon Guide 2010:
“This was my first tri so I just tried to enjoy it, but I found it absolutely ball-achingly knackering. I expected it to be a little bit easier. The swim and the run were OK. My goggles steamed up so I couldn’t see where I was going on the swim, and it was very abstract, with lots of interesting refractions of light through my goggles, so it felt like an acid trip. The bike ride just about did me in: I’ve only got one gear on my bike so people kept overtaking me on the hills. Overall, it took me less than three hours. My girlfriend put me up to this, I think she’s trying to tell me somethin, like I’, fat! It was nice and sunny, but right now I’d like to throw all this stuff in the Thames and never see it again…”
Hi Again Terra Plana,
I completed my first 24 hour race in tiptop condition April 18. I had been planning this event for nearly two years. All of the planning, which included readying my mind, running all training runs in Vivo and Evo Barefoot Running shoes, tuning my ChiRunning skills, strengthening every system in my body with the help of my Kaiser Permanente medical team and getting a “go for it” from the medical team, including an endocrinologist, cardiologist, podiatrist, an ophthalmologist, a GP and a nutritionist.
Photograph: Terri Gregory
Since this was to be my first run beyond the 13.5 hours that it took for me to complete JFK 50, I planned this race as a training run-with NO focus on pace-but to identify areas in need of special training emphasis as I continue my preparatory journey towards next year’s 100 mile race. My thinking is that if I take care of building a solid foundation on endurance (over 22 years of long distance running–65 marathons, one 50K and one 50mile race) across all mental and physical systems, long distance speed could be built on this solid foundation-without injury.
I came in 41st of 123 runners. Not because I was faster since I planned to run between 60 and 70 miles and ended up with 54.5 miles, but because I took the time to engage in preventive measures this first time out, which made me the smarter runner.
I wore the only pair of Evos that I own sock-less, for all 24 hours. Even though the course was loose stones on packed dirt with some roots and embedded rocks, I had no foot problems whatsoever-no soreness, no blisters, no bruising, no pain during or after the race. Actually because of my shoes, I relaxed into landing oh so gently which allowed the loose rocks to perform a foot massage upon each landing. It is hard even for me to believe but my feet were not even tired. All around me runners were at various stages of “tending” to their sore blisters and often bleeding feet. By the nighttime hours, many could no longer run but were doing a foot-dragging walk. Many were astounded that I was sock-less, in minimal shoes and with no issues. As you might guess, I filled them full of my “wonderful Evo and ChiRunning” running experiences.
Photograph: Terri Gregory
My ChiRunning skills were very important to my success in weathering the potential storm of completing a 24 hour run. My hard working abdominal muscles-the ones that hold my pelvis level and hold my forward lean were the only muscles in my entire body that got really tired-but they never gave out. I could actually feel them working throughout the race. In preparation, I did floor work every morning for over a year to strengthen those hard working core muscles.
I periodically dedicated time at the end of almost every lap to stretch my muscles and ice my legs and feet as a preventive measure.
I learned that I can stay awake and pretty alert from 11:30 Friday night to midnight Monday morning.
I learned that I can handle endurance-moving forward in high energy mode for all 24 hours without a napping or even a sitting break.
Photograph: Terri Gregory
I learned that the low glycemic, high quality vegetable-based fats, carbohydrates and protein food patty that I concocted and began eating months ago to ready my digestive track to handle this heavy food during running (chick-peas/lentils/brown rice/flaxseed/onions/garlic/asparagus/ tomatoes/olive oil/curry patty) that I took in every three hours along with the high glycemic foods such as gels, Lara Bars, and energy drinks that I took in between times, worked extremely well. I had no digestion/stomach problems and I never ran out of glycogen.
I learned when and how much electrolyte supplements (sodium and potassium) to use.
Except for brief pauses for eating and potty stops, I ran without stopping for more than 13 hours until sunset when I changed into heavier clothing for nighttime running.
I walked the more technical rooty sections of the trail during the overnight hours which slowed my pace but prevented a spill.
I learned that it is more beneficial for me to focus on time rather than pace during these endurance events.
And as usual I took no pain medication.
I now know where I stand relative to the work ahead because I gained valuable information that will help prepare me to meet the 100 mile 30 hour time limit of my chosen 100 mile race. And I have about 11 months between now and the gun to prepare. I will focus on holding on to my endurance and strength as I work to increase my speed and on becoming more adept at trail running during the overnight hours.
I’ve already planned the next 24 hour “training” run July 30, 2010, outside of Boston.
Photograph: Terri Gregory
Photos: Field, Entratalibera Milan, April 2010
FIELD by Dominic Wilcox?
Showing at Entratalibera, during the Salone del Mobile in Milan from the 14th to the 19th of April.
Dominic Wilcox is very pleased to be showing his artworks and designs at Entratalibera.
The creations on show include ‘Field’, an installation made from over 500 eco-friendly Terra Plana shoes and shoelaces that rise into the air as though growing towards the light. The featured shoe is the Terra Plana ‘Pop’.
?Corso Indipendenza 16?
This is Dominic Wilcox’s second collaboration with Terra Plana; a reinterpretation of his succesful Field installation in 2009, London Design Festival.
For this project, Dominic wanted to explore issues of ecology & sustainability; for Terra Plana these are foundation principles of the company…
The POP was selected because unlike most shoes, that use upwards of 30 components, a lot of heat setters and glue, the ‘Terra Plana Pop‘ is designed with efficiency in mind using minimum glue, components and processes.
The result is a truly modular shoe that is lightweight, flexible and ergonomically crafted and boasts an interchangeable sole. Making the Pop easy to repair and personalise.
WATCH how the POP is made by clicking here
Terra Plana’s Galahad Clark has been interviewed as part of an article on the new barefoot running phenomenon. He says “The year 2010 is going to be a breakthrough for the barefoot revolution. The science is really compelling and exciting.” To read more of what he said, and for the whole article, please click on the images below.