Many attribute the explosion of minimalist and barefoot running to Chris McDougall, the man who wrote the best selling book “Born to Run”. Since writing the book Chris has become a fixture in the barefoot/minimalist scene, and is often quoted and published in mainstream publications on the topic. In a New York Times Article he authored, he discussed how he discovered a training technique that seems to have been lost 100 years ago, the 100-Up. He says,
I was leafing through the back of an out-of-print book, a collection of runners’ biographies called “The Five Kings of Distance,” when I came across a three-page essay from 1908 titled “W. G. George’s Own Account From the 100-Up Exercise.” According to legend, this single drill turned a 16-year-old with almost no running experience into the foremost racer of his day.
The 100-Up seems simple enough, and Chris has recently challenged everyone to do it for 30 days in a row to improve your form and function. Check it out in our Video of the Week: