Monday, April 09, 2012
The Death of Caballo Blanco
He developed this goofy notion from his Native American teachers that running should be fun.
When you see runners go by in brightly colored, light-weight shoes, or those shoes with toes, that's White Horse. From the Tarahumarans, the best long distance human runners, True learned the notion of minimalist running.
Lightweight shoes or none at all!
Shoe companies are making gazillions off that idea, but Caballo Blanco just ran.
I try running shoeless sometimes, but still prefer my Brooks' Addictions. They weigh 2 pounds each. And that's without the orthotics!
True died last week, in the middle of a 12-mile run in New Mexico. He had stopped to dip his feet into a stream, and quietly passed away.
It took four days to find his body.
He died doing what he loved.
There's a nice story about this spiritual runner in Boulder Weekly.