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.
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 .
What could be a more boring book than one about people who run super long distances? Don't buy this book unless you are a runner with an unusual fascination with other people's running feats.
Narration was okay. Would be nice if the narrator could mimic voices.
I lost 11 hours of my life that I'll never get back after listening to this lame book.
Bought this book to use credits. Got one of my favorite books of all time. Part collection of some of the eccentric characters that seem to be prevalent in ultra marathoning, part ultra marathon history, part lesson in the science of running. Stars of the show are the Tarahumaras of the Mexican Sierra Madre, a close community famous for running and their out of control corn beer infused parties. Barefoot Ted, Czech running revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, Billy and Jen, the hard partying former lifeguard couple, and Caballo Blanco are other characters that make this book a fun read/ listen
As a former runner, I related to everything in this book. It has modivated me to get back out on the road. Very entertaining, very informative.
What I loved best was how the author interspersed the stories of the "Running People" with his own personal athletic history, evolution, biology, and the history of modern athletic consumer products. This book was so fascinating to me, I have been driving my husband and friends crazy by repeatedly sharing things I've learned from the book.
I am not an avid runner, but it certainly inspired me to want to take off my shoes and run through the woods.