Chris McDougall, author of Born To Run, eulogizes the long-distance runner Caballo Blanco
On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. True.
On BBC News Magazine, Chris McDougall, author of Born To Run, eulogizes the long-distance runner Michael Randall Hickman, also known as Micah True, White Horse, or Caballo Blanco.
“Don’t fight the trail. Take what it gives you,” he began. “Lesson two – think easy, light, smooth and fast. You start with easy, because if that’s all you get, that’s not so bad. Then work on light. Make it effortless, like you don’t [care] how high the hill is or how far you’ve got to go.
“When you’ve practiced that so long that you forget you’re practising, you work on making it smooooooth. You won’t have to worry about the last one – you get those three, and you’ll be fast.”
The above two paragraphs have stuck with me so well that I have found myself repeating them on the trail many times since reading Born To Run. If you are a runner and have read the book, then maybe you, too, sometimes repeat these words. Surely, you understand why hearing of Micah's death took my breath away...it sat me down.
Even if you are not a runner, I recommend you read the book. It is an incredible true story about incredible real people. We need both in today's day and age.
We will miss you, Micah. God speed.