An Arch bridge works by transferring the weight of the bridge and its load by the abutments at either side of the bridge. My picture today was taken from a suspension bridge, The Clifton suspension bridge that over looks the River Avon in Bristol. A suspension bridge has a deck that is hung below suspension cables on vertical suspenders. Although I enjoy a good bridge I’m by no means a bridge spotter…but, in today’s listening of Born to Run Christopher spends some time discussing the history of the running shoe and it’s role in the massive increase in running injuries over the last 40 years.
The tie back to arch bridges is the arches in our feet. Why are we supporting them with clunky running shoes? Would an engineer put support under the arch of the bridges they’re building? I’m no pediatrist but after listening to chapters 20-25 today I’m pretty convinced that we’ve been sold down the river on these fancy running shoes. As Christopher put it (snippet here):
“People have been running for thousands of years without running shoes. People try fix things that don’t need fixing”
Makes me think about what else I’m trying to fix that ain’t really broke…
Until tomorrow, keep running towards better!
I listened to 69% of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Today’s route can be found here: