The Tarahumara of northern Mexico, of all the world cultures with a history of running, probably best deserve the top accolades for their achievements in the ultrarunning realm. After all, these proud Native Americans refer to themselves at the “Rarámuri,” which means “those who run fast” and have a long tradition of covering hundreds of miles on foot over the course of several days in order to communicate, trade and hunt.

Christopher McDougall’s bestselling book, Born To Run, featured these incredible runners, and due to their minimalist footwear, spawned a barefoot running movement. But, footwear and biomechanics aside, what sets these runners apart from the rest of the world? How are they able to run so far for so long? Here are four secrets of the Tarahumara you can use to apply to your own running:

1. Do not waste energy.

Nothing is wasted with these runners. What really stood out to me when I ran with them is the efficiency with how they live their lives as well as the efficiency while running. They are really about not wasting energy or calories. They sit down right away when they stop, from water conservation to their running stride to pacing. 

2. Work as a team.

The Tarahumara benefit from running together as a tribe. Anyone who’s ever joined a running club has already learned one of the most important lessons of the Tarahumara: collaboration makes you stronger and happier. The Tarahumara always race as a team, not as individuals. They feed off each other’s energy and camaraderie, but there’s also another benefit: by pacing yourself to the group, you reduce the risk of going out too hard and blowing up. They run with friends as often as possible.

3. Run with a contagious joy.

For the Tarahumara, running is a joyful and sacred experience with a powerful spiritual significance. Their traditional running is about working together in teams, celebrating as a community and honoring one another. Their laughter while running their traditional races was not only contagious but inspiring. 

4. Embrace simplicity.

The Tarahumara don’t rely on GPS watches, heart-rate monitors, pace calculators, detailed training plans or a special shoe that best matches their running stride. Keeping things simple allows them to focus exclusively on running. The Tarahumara treat running as a fine art, something to be learned slowly and perfected over a lifetime. 

5. Pinole.

The consumption of pinole with water, rich in carbohydrates as well as proteins, can be one of the secrets. 

Secret of Tarahumara Runners

Based on an article by Duncan Larkin. 

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Pinole is a traditional Mexican semi-finished product. It is roasted, ground corn mixed with roasted cocoa, sugar, chia and cinnamon. Western audiences were introduced to McDouglas' bestseller Born To Run. Although it's not a particularly tasty mixture, there must be a reason why Rarámuri runners, considered the best long-distance runners in the world, have used it for centuries. The balance between nutrients and their digestion is likely to ensure good results. Western audience got familiarized with in a bestseller Born To Run by McDouglas. 

 

Pinole & amarant 250g

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Pinole is a traditional Mexican super-nutrition product for ultra performance. It is roasted ground corn mixed with roasted cocoa, sugar and cinnamon. Western audience got familiarized with in a bestseller Born To Run by McDouglas. 

 Amaranth is one of the false cereals and was already cultivated by the ancient Maya, Aztecs and Incas. Due to its high nutritional value and undemanding cultivation, it is called the crop of the third millennium.It contains proteins, fiber, quality oils, minerals and vitamins.

 

AMARANT is a naturally gluten-free ingredient.

Availability: 99 In Stock

Pinole is a traditional Mexican super-nutrition product for ultra performance. It is roasted ground corn mixed with roasted cocoa, sugar and cinnamon. Western audience got familiarized with in a bestseller Born To Run by McDouglas. 

 Amaranth is one of the false cereals and was already cultivated by the ancient Maya, Aztecs and Incas. Due to its high nutritional value and undemanding cultivation, it is called the crop of the third millennium.It contains proteins, fiber, quality oils, minerals and vitamins.

 

AMARANT is a naturally gluten-free ingredient.

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Pinole is a traditional Mexican semi-finished product. It is roasted or unroasted ground corn mixed with roasted cocoa, sugar and cinnamon. Western audiences were introduced to McDouglas' bestseller Born To Run. Although this is not a particularly tasty mixture, there must be a reason why the Rarámuri runners, considered to be the best long-distance runners in the world, have used it for centuries. Probably the balance between nutrients and its digestion gives good results.

Availability: 95 In Stock

Pinole is a traditional Mexican semi-finished product. This particular pinole product is an unroasted ground corn mixed with chía. Western audience got familiarized with in a bestseller Born To Run by McDouglas. Although it is not a particularly tasty mix, there must be a reason why Rarámuri runners, considered the best long-distance runners in the world, use it for centuries. Probably the balance between nutrients and its digestion provides good results. 

 

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