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.
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Makes you want to take your shoes off and run
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had no expectations and although I had heard it was a good book I wasn't sure how exciting a book about running could be. I am happy to say that as soon as I was done with this book I was searching for other books on running. Even if you are not an avid runner you will enjoy the stories presented in this book. Great for a long drive or to listen to while running.
Ultra Runners Adventure and Cultural Exchange
An Excellent Adventure with a collection of wonderful characters make's this book hard to put down. The adventure and mystery that is weaved together with the contrasting personalities of the Ultra Runners makes this true story very entertaining. Even though running is in the title the story is more about personalities, adventure and culture.
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Born to run
Amazing characters, awesome follow up, and mind blowing feats of athleticism. Must read if you consider yourself an athlete or want to develop further.