The last thing you want to do with an awe-inspiring story of incredible endurance is to drown it in a sea of exaggeration. Mr. McDougall uses so much cliche and hyperbole that by the time the actual facts unfold you are too weary to fully appreciate them and they no longer stand in contrast to anything else that was written. Combine this with unnecessary salacious details and gratuitous obscenity and it becomes obvious that Mr. McDougall is mentally stuck writing for the eighteen year old consumer of Men's Health magazine and not the larger public audience that this book could have reached.
I listened to this book while running instead of music. It was great! It inspired me to run more thoughtfully. Not only did I enjoy the story, I learned a lot about improving my own running. Great book. I've been recommending it to all my friends, runners or not.
I absolutely loved this book. I've been dabbling in 10km and half-marathon runs, but this book has opened my eyes - and brain to a whole new attitude towards running. The chapter on barefoot running is fantastic.
I loved this book. I listened to it twice, just to catch all of the details, then researched some of the information myself. The author does a great job of marrying his research information with characters and a plot. There is enough education, and history to keep your mind churning, but there is also humor, friendship, love and loss, peppered throughout. I highly recommend this to anyone who once was, is, or has a desire to ever be a runner.
Really fun, easy listen for the endurance athlete!Note that the shoe development/industry info is essential for anyone undertaking an endurance sport!
Not only was this book a pleasure to listen to, but the information found within is thought provoking and encouraging. In my youth, I was a toe walker and toe runner. I ran 10ks and really enjoyed running. I was no speed demon but never had a sore back or injuries, that is, until I began training for triathlon and got a coach who taught me how to run "properly" by striking my heel first. I never put the two together but ever since then, I have been racked with injury and gave up running entirely 2 years ago. It's been like giving up my best friend and I have never lost the desire to run. After reading this book, I have renewed hope. I've been walking barefoot since and today I went pool running..on the balls of my feet. Fingers crossed. Thanks to the author for the inspiration.
I learned a lot about things I knew nothing about. I listened to this while I exercised and found the stories of the Tarahumara runners, and reasons for running barefoot fascinating. The stories also gave great incentive to continue exercising! The author reveals the whole field of ultramarathons and the unusual people and ideas behind these races in a captivating way even though I am not a long distance runner or runner at all.