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Caballo Blanco

Posted Apr 10 2012 9:36am


If you've never read Christopher McDougall's bestseller Born to Run, you probably have no idea who Micah True was.  If you have read the book, then you know he was eccentric and colorful ultramarathoner known as Caballo Blanco who introduced McDougall, and in a way the rest of the world, to the Tarahumara people of northern Mexico.

Caballo Blanco on the trails
Micah often ran trails by himself.  Many of his peers said that he seemed "indestructible," so it came as a surprise to many when late last month he left on a 12 mile trail run in New Mexico and never came back.  Ultrarunners from far and wide, including McDougall, came to New Mexico to join in the search for Micah when the word went out about his disappearance.  Unfortunately, when rescuers found Micah lying next to a river he had already passed away.

Micah's life story was incredible, too incredible to do justice to it in this short space.  I highly recommend you read Born to Run to learn about the man, or follow the memorial page that has been set up recently .  You can also check out Micah's page for the annual Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon he had led.

As for me, the biggest thing I will take from having read about Micah True is his quote in Born to Run
“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 give a shit 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 practicing, 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.”

No matter if I'm training for a marathon, simply enjoying a run, or trying to get through a rough day, I try to keep Micah's three pointers in mind: easy, light, and smooth.

It's a quote that, for me, transcends running.
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