Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the... show more
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong. Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder. With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
Publish date: May 5th 2009
Pages no: 287
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Book Club
, Sports And Games
GREAT inspiring story, whether you run or not. McDougall's smooth style allows him to weave in stories about scientific studies of running biology and Nike shoes, while continuing his ongoing crescendo of the Copper Canyon Marathon with the Terrahumara.
Confession: I ended up switching to the audio version of this book (but without bothering to switch editions on my "currently reading" shelves). I just seem to get most of my reading done that way lately (training for my first 50k will do that). I thoroughly enjoyed this "running" book.
I have no idea how factual this book actually is, but I'm going to pretend it's all true because it was a fun and inspirational read. The cheesy, journalistic tone was distracting, but it didn't spoil it for me. As brutal as ultra running sounds, I'm still sitting here with the urge to lace up.
This turned out to be an awesome book, and I didn't think it would be in the first 50 pages. I thought this was heading to some mystical hippie BS, given the beginning makes it sound like this "Stone Age" tribe had superpowers and the author was in search of this mysterious "gringo indio" in Mexico'...
For the longest time I couldn't understand why this book was so popular. It actually took me until 60% until I finally got interested in it, and that was because that's when various kinds of facts started showing up. The personal stories about this and that marathon runner didn't particularly grab m...