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.
Fascinating use of history and science in covering sport.
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.
I read almost exclusively non-fiction; there are so many real stories that are worth knowing, and learning from.
This was a wonderfully insightful account of the author's adventures with the Tarahumara Indians of the Sierra Madres, and one "Cabaio Blanco" with regards to the discipline/sport of running. If you run, exercise, or are interested in remote cultures and history of the southwest, this tale will transport you to challenges you may never deal with, but in hearing the story of how the real-life characters dealt with these situations, you'll be inspired to do your best with your own obstacles. I highly recommend this book!
This book is entertainingly written, but packs a wallop of serious thought provoking information. It ranks in my all time great list with Bones for its ground-breaking anthropological ideas, with You and with How We Decide for its medical and physiological insights, and it is just a great adventure. My view of myself as a human animal is different, because I read this book. I have struggled with running for years, but reading this book has provided me with some strategies that I look forward to testing in the next couple of months as I head out on the open road again. Natural scientists, doctors, runners, and lazy out of shape people with intellectual curiosity will get something out of this book. Have fun!
WOW! What a wonderful book that is part biography as well as incredible history lesson of man and how/why we are born to run.
Phenomenal book. I highly recommend anyone interested in running to read this. It changed my approach to running completely and now I enjoy running more then I ever have.
If you're a runner, you'll find yourself talking about this book to anyone who will listen. Whether or not they want to. :P
This book is not straight forward to describe to people but it is everything that it claims to be and more. I liked it so much that I read (listened) to it again straight away!