This has been the most enjoyable non-fiction audio book I've listened to in a long time.
It's a fantastic adventure with wild real-life characters. I have a bunch of new heroes now, and have had fun putting together my own "epilogue" by reading the websites & blogs of the characters in the book.
Born To Run also ties in evolution, anthropology, history, and marketing with running. Made me very glad I'd switched to running in Vibrams.
I enjoyed this book but more importantly have found that it has drastically changed my desire and ability to run. At 6'5" 250 I thought that running would just never be my preferred activity. Like the author, I have had a variety of injuries every few months despite attempts to run on trails with the right shoe/orthotic and limiting my runs to every other day. Since changing to a ball of foot striker, I am running 1-2 hours daily without pain and have mixed in running barefoot, with Vibram 5 fingers, and Newton shoes and really enjoying the trails without pain. I can't wait to move on to some longer distances and was truly inspired by the book.
As someone who has love running since junior high, I found this to be one of the best books I've ever read. I've had tons of running injuries and cannot stop thinking about how this book explains almost all of them. I've already started putting into practice the lessons learned and the results are phenomenal. And, on top of it all, it was as intriguing of a read as any novel I've read recently.
I am a runner, and I love history and non-fiction. So, I thought I would really enjoy this book. But I never warmed up to it and gave up before the second file. The story-telling was too over the top and I missed a likable character to anchor the story.
This is just a plain good book for anyone interested in endurance athletics - the long tail of running and cycling. I have read all the running books, and they all seem to be about the author. While the author of this book plays a role, the book is more about running and challenging yourself to limits you never thought were possible. I was disappointed when I finished the book, and it will probably become the first book I ever listen to twice.
This book really made me want to go run. There is just enough clevery dialogue to keep the story alive and relevant but also a good deal of science to validate some interesting ideas as to why man evolved the way he did.
If you enjoy running even a little bit, this is really a great book. I highly recommend it.
I came across this as a recommended book by audible and coincidentally had also just received my first pair of Vibram five fingers shoes from a friend who took pity on my blistered feet from barefoot running. The book was an eye opener on my personal mission to eliminate shoes from my life and an inspiration to someone who once weight 260 lbs.
What surprised me the most was it WASN'T fiction. there are real people really doing these things from this book. most have real blogs and I was never bored throughout the book. this will be in my arsenal of reading in both audible and paper back as I move into the test of a lifetime and try to become an ultra runner.
I did not know what to expect when starting this book. I was pleasantly surprised to find a book full of inspiration, information, and sheer entertainment. I highly recommend this book to runners and non-runners alike. Chris McDougall does an excellent job of analyzing the sport of running, and the various aspects that make humans as a race the perfect runners. Well worth the listen!
I've run 19.3 KM for the first time of my life while listening to this book.
Till now 11KM was the max.
Interesting, funny, inspiring!