For those of us who don’t run regularly, the idea of running any kind of marathon is…scary. The least we would do to cope with such a physically-demanding event is make sure we have everything we need to make the race as easy as possible. Running shoes, compression socks, a hydration vest, the basics. And even if we were fully prepared, we still probably wouldn’t win.
Well, we’re thankful to not be racing against María Lorena Ramírez because she just won a 50k race in sandals and a skirt.
Ramírez belongs to Mexico’s Tarahumara indigenous community, who are known for their ability to run long distances, as talked about in Christopher McDougall’s book Born To Run. According to the book, to stay hydrated, the Tarahumara people drink pinole (water with corn powder) and iskiate, a chia seed drink that McDougall has titled “10,000-year-old Red Bull.”
Ramírez completed the 31-mile race in seven hours and three minutes; and she did it in sandals, called huaraches, made from repurposed tire rubber. No fancy equipment needed!