the descriptions of wanting to run, and the feeling the superatheletes have when they run.
finishing the race.
I liked learnnng where the new 5 finger running gloves came from!
I listen to audio books while running and this book was inspiring. I'll never be an ultra-runner, but I did adjust my form and found more joy in my workouts. The book is filled with interesting characters and the crazy predicaments into which they get themselves. It also contains fun facts and theories about the evolution of man, the place of running in our evolution and in world cultures today. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would and recommend it to all runners and want-to-be runners out there.
Draws you in from the beginning. My only criticism is that- as has been said elsewhere- McDougall goes a little off track trying to be gonzo at certain points. Otherwise is it's fantastic.
The human achievements recounted in this book are overall absolutely amazing and sometimes even difficult to believe or comprehend.
I thought certain portions dragged a little bit, but overall I found this an engaging and informative piece. If you are a runner or at all interested in running, the stories in this book will thrill you.
This book definitely inspired me to give barefoot running a go. I love the idea of human beings having evolved to run long distances. Having studied anthropology in undergrad, I can guarantee that their are many biological anthropologists out there who would entirely disagree with the author's conclusions, but this is still a very interesting perspective.
Parts of the book are laid on a bit thick, however. The author makes the claim at one point that the obesity and heart disease epidemic plaguing America can all be traced back to the running shoe companies. He says that the reason Americans don't work out is due to that fact that running shoes put so much stress on the body. I agree that running shoes might not necessarily be the best idea, but I don't think that is why people don't exercise.
This inspiring book has all of the above but is also filled with many interesting asides. You don't need to be a runner to enjoy it, but the book might turn you into one.
The ending was the best. The unfolding of the community built between racers, and the pulling together of people was very inspiring.
I hope this event never becomes commercialised by a film.
From the very beginning, Born to Run kept me listening and itching to get go back to my car to listen to more! I have recommended it to many friends, runners and non-runners alike. McDougall is a great story teller!
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I will not tell this book is amazing and you should read that. I will tell you something else. In this book you'll find amazing story with some philisophical aspects, history of running and the real passion. Scott Jurek always was my idol. Now I love him :)
I listened to this while training for my second marathon after a long injury-induced hiatus from running. I found the book and stories inspiring, and definitely would recommend for anyone looking to improve their attitude towards running.
This was my first audio book and it spoiled me. Taken, I am a runner...the topic appeals to me. But, overall, this is just a great story for anyone who likes learning about different cultures and sub-cultures. The narration is great...not boring or annoying for one second. The story is engaging. Great for anyone interested in running, adventure, cultures, lifestyles etc. Very good.