Saturday, July 23

More Christopher McDougall

I thought Christoper McDougall's best work was Born to Run... but I might have spoken too soon. He did a TED talk last July that was finally published a few months ago (and if you haven't seen TED yet, you should*).

Watch the first 2 and a half minutes of McDougall's talk, and tell me you're not hooked.

My personal favorite quote (and it was difficult to pick just one, because there were several gems):
We think Usain Bolt is fast?
Usain Bolt can get his ass kicked by a squirrel.

Even if you are not sold on barefoot running (and I'm not), the video is fun to watch.

*What's TED?
TED is a nonprofit dedicated to "ideas worth spreading" (for free). TED serves as (in their words) "a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other." My take on it is that TED videos truly are amazing, thought-provoking, and inspirational, and cover such a wide variety of topics that there is something to catch the eye of almost anyone. I've used clips to improve my own knowledge, as a resource in my classroom, and for personal inspiration.

For the original McDougall video, please see:


  1. I like his story about the NYC marathon.

  2. I know! It was a great story on so many levels - overcoming great adversity, being a good sportswoman, true kindness...

    I watched it again today - an antidote to the Norway bombing news - to remind myself that the world is full of really wonderful, kind, strong people (they just don't normally make the headlines).


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