Year Zero for Christopher McDougall? He couldn’t even run, let alone tackle a 50 mile race in the Copper Canyons with the Tarahumara.
But then, he met Coach Eric Orton, who taught him the truth about running stronger: it starts with a 90-day reboot. That’s exactly why the duo wrote Born to Run 2: The Ultimate Training Guide.
Christopher’s tale in Born to Run wouldn’t have been written without guidance from Eric, a renowned running coach and ultrarunner himself. The sequel gives runners of all levels the tips they need to run faster and further, for longer. Runners often think of winter as a time to rebuild their base. But just as important as it is to ramp up mileage slowly, you need to focus on key elements: form, fitness, focus and footwear.
So what is the 90-day Reboot?
Anyone who gets a copy of the book gains access to Training Peaks, where you’ll get a daily schedule of workouts, designed by Coach Eric.
You’ll learn form drills like:
- Rock Lobster to practice optimal running form and eliminate overstriding by running to the beat of the famous B-52s song while your
- Running Logs to increase cadence, proper foot strike, stance leg, and push off.
- 100 Up to train active muscle patterns in running, specifically for forefoot landing and knee drive.
You’ll also improve run-specific strength exercises (no weights required), through exercises like:
- Foot Core to stabilize from the ground and improve balance and foot strength.
- Run Lunges is the golden exercise for strength, stability, mobility, and arm synchronization.
- Single-Leg Wall Squats to restore equilibrium between your quads and glutes as you learn to initiate squat movement from your hips and glutes.