Yes, if they liked running.
That it kept my attention and was very interesting and informative
I was looking forward to reading this but I had thought it was mostly a narrative that really sold the barefoot running idea. But it turns out that is only one part of a very human and unexpected story. Very inspiring--now I want to run fifty miles (even though I have never run longer than a half marathon!).
I love subject that include and involve the difficulties of “dealing with serious challenges” and “achieving goals”. Naturally, running marathons and especially Ultra Marathons incorporate those challenges and difficulties and one can be inspired and take the understandings that are mentioned in this book and re-think about other challenges that everyone faces during ones lifetime and implement those principles when other challenges and difficulties appear!
The favorite character was “caballo blanco” that leaves everything behind and lives his fullest passion.
yes, actually there were many of those moments...for example the descriptions of the wild nature, the insight about “dissolving into the pain” and turning painful moments into pleasurable experiences of enjoying defeating those pains. Also the entire buzz and the excitement of running just for the sake of running.
It was captivating, enjoyable, and the true stories were amazing!
The Perfect Mile, Finding Ultra, Every Second Counts, It's Not About the Bike
The scene where the American legend fell down from heat exjaustion during a desert race and was able to pull it together again and win!
Humans: The Perfect Runners (Why running injury happens when it shouldn't. A true story)
I really liked this book, it was inspiring to run to...wish I could find more like it.
I've been running few miles almost every day in the last 30 years or so. I only did few marathons and they always made me suffer.
Anyway, after seeing McDougall on "TED" I purchased this audio book as an "educational" book.
However, it was a very pleasant surprise to find out that it is also very entertaining!
For runners, this book is a potential life changer.
For non-runners and runners alike, it's a good story, it's sometimes funny, sometimes suspenseful and it's always very interesting.
McDougall is well-placed in the Esquire tradition of creative non-fiction, in the daunting footsteps of Gay Talese. It is a "true" story, but the quotation marks are necessary, because McDougall (and most writers in this style) describe countless scenes they did not witness and--no matter how good their research--they could not know the thoughts people had and have, as portrayed here. As is often said, they use fictional techniques to tell a non-fictional story.
McDougall does a smashing job of ordering the telling of the story, with long flashbacks and sidetracks adding richness and depth to the main, protagonist-centered story line. It's clear why and how the book became an influential bestseller--it is hard to stop listening. It got me running again! Albeit, nothing like the distances these delightful wackos are doing.
The performance is first-rate, but I have to mention a huge gaffe right at the start. Is there an editor listening at Knopf Doubleday? No one noticed, apparently, that the narrator gets the title wrong--completely reversing the meaning of the subtitle! Not the narrator's fault. An editor is supposed to catch things like that--certainly in the title! He does a great job with all that Spanish and Tarahumaran pronunciation.
A great read even for non-athletes. The history and science seemed well-sourced, but it was not dry or "self helpish" .