The theory about human evolution; why we are born to run
Hunting for deer
the human foot as a deadly weapon
After reading the book, I went straight to the store and bought a pair of Fivefinger shoes!
I've always got at least one audio book I'm listening to. I generally listen for entertainment and education.
Yes! McDougall writes in a narrative style that it educational and interesting. The characters he develops become real people in my mind. Rather than chasing one narrative thread singularly, he diverges from the book's thesis to add other interesting facts, stories, detours, and side bars in a way that adds a lot of interest and value to the book. Meanwhile, he continues to follow the main story line that leads to barefoot running, chia seeds, and a small tribe in Mexico. Fascinating!
Shadow Divers. While Born to Run has a better reader, they both are epic and almost unbelievable tales about a really specific genre (WWII submarines and deep sea diving, and long distance running - respectively) that I knew little to nothing about but came to appreciate and thoroughly enjoy. While comprehensively researched and written, they both left me wanting more.
An inspiring and hypnotic story of a people that I'd never heard of woven together with compelling information about running shoes, human physiology and history. This book will inspire and challenge runners and non-runners alike, it's really a quite brilliant book that I was sorry to finish, but I'll just listen to it again!
I'm a recreational runner and completly fell for this book. It not only talks about running and its different aspects but has an intriguing story behind about a people to whom running comes as natural as breathing and about a race that celebrates just that. It even made me think about changing my running style and discovering bare foot or minimalistic running.
Realizing the logic of the premise
Another silly question
???The best way people can honor (Micah True -the hero of Born to Run as "Caballo Blanco") is to donate to his charity, which benefits the Raramuri Indians (AKA Tarahumara) as did the race Micah founded. The Raramuri are barely surviving the worst drought in Mexican history".
I have recommended Born to Run to almost everyone I know who is interested in fitness. Not sure the lengthy dissertations on foot anatomy and the modern "science" of Nike running shoes would appeal to the everyday couch potato. But I'm an active person so I loved it, especially the characterizations of the important players in running and sports medicine. Part history lesson, part science experiment, part sermon, this book was captivating from beginning to end. I've even adopted a new habit that was introduced later in the book - the breakfast salad - that has proved to be nothing short of a nutritional breakthrough for me! It was especially poignant to have read the book with the recent death of Caballo Blanco, and narrator Fred Sanders' Spanish pronunciations added to my listening enjoyment.
Say something about yourself!
I would recommend and have recommended this book to other runners. Its totally inspiring and highly entertaining.
I really liked the section on barefoot running (although I personally run in nike volmeros myself), and the section on the long footrace with the Tarahumara Indians in the second half.
I listened to this book while running and it inspired me to increase my distance and run longer and harder. I have listened to it twice already and plan to listen to it again. Great book!
on a quest to read Audible's entire nonfiction science section...
The only flaw I can find with this audiobook is that it took a bit to get rolling but, once it did, I absolutely fell in love with this one. Great characters, lucid writing and research, engaging story and a motivational message puts this one in my top 20 if not top 10 audiobooks.
The race through the mountains with the Tarahumara and the "bru-ha" was a wonderful lesson and a pivotal part of the point. My persepective of why I run changed at about this point. Do it because you can and because you were born to! Enjoy it!
One Man's Journey to Find Himself and Everyone Else at the Finish Line Together!
RIP Caballo Blanco. You touched my heart and taught me how to run!
This was my forst audio book ever!
What a stroke of luck for me! I loved the book, the narrator and the messages of the book!
You are already ready...... now RUN!
This book made me rething everything from nutrition to exercise..... Thank you!