The stories about the people
The stories about the people and what changed them.
I really feel this book can be life changing, not only as a runner, but in the ways one approaches life. There were a few parts that I felt were tedious and boring (some of the scientific parts regarding hunting antelopes), and I prefer stories about people, but my husband really enjoyed some of the scientific parts so there's something for everyone! I find myself eating better and trying to make a move towards minimalistic running.
If you haven't heard of the Tarahumara, ultra marathoners, and how running shoes have caused so many injuries, you'll find this very interesting.
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
It was a very interesting story and got me thinking about running in a way I never had before. It is not simply a book about how great running is, but is a book on the history and culture of running, and tries to explore WHY running is so great.
I am not a runner, and I never have been. The furthest I've ever run is 1.5 miles, and it was slow enough to make me feel guilty about calling it "running." So, I didn't go into this book expecting much. But, overall it was very interesting and entertaining. A few times it gets a bit grandiose about the pleasure and potential of running, but it didn't feel like I was listening to a sermon at the Church of Running.
Maybe after you read it you will get up and go run (which I did, but have since stopped again) and maybe you won't, but either way it was a very fun story.
Im not a runner, but this book inspired me to buy new running shoes. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy this book. It gets a little dry in parts, but fight thru. It's a better than average boom over all.
Very informative and it told an interesting story at the same time.
Even, enjoyable a non factor
Nike is the devil
Yes, I would recommend this book. it has really encouraged me, as a new runner, to push myself.
Possibly, not sure how interested I am in reading more running books, one might be enough.
That our bodies are capable of much more than we think. Knowing this has changed my outlook on training and am able to push myself a lot harder knowing we were "born to run".
I love this book and i'm listening to it again and probably going to repeat it everytime I need more running motivation.
As a former competitive runner I've always had problems getting back to it - my brain can run 19:40 5K but my body ... well though I love love, CRAVE even (this book made me realize/reaquaint with) the feeling of successful runs but I hate the getting back into shape which with the number of injuries I've been getting is pretty much always the case.
I listened to this book before "boot-camp" and managed to be so motivated that I did my 1.5mi test over a steep bridge even in 11:15 after not being 'up-to' running the full distance without stopping only ~3 wks before.
He got me back in touch with my original LOVE for running - cause he's more right than he may think I did run EVERYWHERE EVERYWHERE all the way till the last year of high school ... EVERYwhere.
man I love running now more like I originally did and I've recommended the book to so many people & I've found so many other fans since reading this book too - We are a running nation, a running world, a running race... :-D
I was hoping for more education on the running style and less on the story.
It ended as real life normally ends.
Yes, there was a good mix of characters.
No, maybe a documentary.
I love trees!
Already have..... 4 times!! Its such an inspiring great awesome book!!
Where to begin? The characters mainly, Caballo Blanco (RIP) The Story, The science, history....every thing!!
He's great!! He very expressive and easy to listen to.
Lots!! Our own evaluation, and how we truly are born to run!! so much more... you just have to experience it for yourself.
fantastic incredible book!!! so AWESOME!!
Do you really need to spend 10 hours explaining that our fancy Nike shoes are bad for us? I did not care for many of the characters and found that the narrator lost focus (especially in the middle of the book). Overall, I found the book aimless and superficial.
Life of Pi
Did not like this narrator at all.
I'm a Photographer and Bible student. I like books that challenge me, keep me on the edge and have deep characters.
A great story and a great way to tell it. Personally the best way to describe this book is like when you want to watch that documentary everyone is talking about but never get around to it... when you finally do, you can't stop telling your friends about it and regreat you haven't seen it sooner. It's a fun book, filled with funny moments and interesting facts, the reader is perfect as well. Don't miss it!