The reading was wonderful, the story was wonderful!
WONDERFUL book to listen to whether you are an athlete or not!
This is an entertaining and inspiring book and is helping motivate me into becoming an avid runner and I am experimenting successfully with the barefoot running philosophy. The performance and storyline are well laid out and keep your attention from start to finish. It is filled with entertaining adventures and interesting personalities. I recommend it for everyone especially if you are looking for some added motivation.
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
I have and will continue. Not just for running friends either.
The story of Ann Trayson! I really enjoyed that.
He is an excellent narrator. He really did the book justice. Great job!!!
The whole book moved me but definitely the end when you find out who he is.
Excellent book and I really learned alot. Being a runner it really made me love running even more.
I have been running for 9 months and this was well timed. I have heard the hype about this book but was avoiding it because I did not want to be preached to about barefoot running. (Not a fan.) It is not that. This is a great book and entertains as well as informs but from a position to give you something to think about rather than forcing it down your throat.
I loved the book. Felt like I was being taken into an adventure while being educated along the way. Great book and being someone with ADD I never found myself spacing out or not paying attention.
The Race before us by Bruce Matson.
A thoroughly well-written and inspiring read for the person who feels the athlete in their soul. I couldn't stop listening to it …the storytelling is touching and endlessly intriguing! I listened to it on my runs, on my way to the office and on 5-minute drives - whatever time I could squeeze in. Guaranteed I will read it again in a few years when I need the motivation again!
A great listen. This was a very intriguing book I listened to while running. I'm very happy to say it inspired me and brought many a smile to my face during my runs. At times, McDougall stops in the middle of a story, to tell another story which helps provide further background and detail to the original story. Sometimes I forgot there was an original, unfinished story to begin with until he returned to it. Of course, part of this could have been from the fact that I was running and getting tired. Either way, I got so much enjoyment out of it the first time, I will listen to this book again and suggest you do, too.
The portion of the story about the race was interesting but I thought the most interesting part of the book was by far the scientific explanations as well as theories as to why we, humans, are born to run.
The story part about the race with the Tarahumara and Cabayo Blanco is interesting but I thought the author pressed a little hard on the superlatives. You will encounter a mention about something being the most _something_ in the whole world every two sentences, which got old pretty quick for me.
Yes, because I learned that there really is no limit to what the human body can endure
This is the first one. If flowed pretty well.
Yes, but it was hard for me to listen for more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
Probably not. It was interesting but not to the point where I would go see it in the movie theaters.
After reading the book I ended up buying a pair of minimum running shoes to see if it will improve my running performance.
McDougall no. Sanders yes. I really dont go for fiction and I honestly had to check twice if it was non fiction. It reminded me of my drunk uncles fishing stories. Colorful, fun and creative and based on some real facts yet ginned up for dramatic sake I am a life long runner and was excited to to read a book about distance running. The story is melded with some science and history of running. Characters were well developed. The non linear writing style appeals to me. Much of the book seems to be promoting minimal running shoes and the copper canyon running event.
McDougall references science and running experts to promote his idea, and cites resume and accomplishments of individuals. Then he goes on about Nike being the evil of running and in particular founder / coach bill Bowerman. He denigrates Bowerman as sort of a greed motivated coach who knew little about running. This was very dishonest journalism regardless of whether or not you love or hate Nike or what you think of Bowerman. as for Bowerman coach at University of Oregon his accomplishments stand for themselves, he is a snippet of what McDugall conveniently omitted. "Over his career, he trained 31 Olympic athletes, 51 All-Americans, 12 American record-holders, 24 NCAA champions and 16 sub-4 minute milers"
I really liked much of the book, it gives a very limited perspective of Ultra running. And the use of Hyperbole is just too much for me to give this more than 3 stars.
Im sure it will want to go out and run and some valuable tools and knowledge can be gleaned from the book.
Reminds me of 3 cups of tea, kind of felt sad that the author couldnt write the story with Authenticity.
The story of Human Language
the south African guy following the tribe about doing research.
yep...of course. it would appeal to anyone who bought Shape up shoes. made for TV .