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.
I have a passion for all things science, music, and outdoors. I am also a "crazy dog lady."
The authors candor.
The descriptions of all the super-athletes and their unique personalities.
Born to Run
This book was one of those that I made excuses to listen to and never wanted to turn it off. My husband, who was not interested in the topic and is not a runner, felt the same way and was actually so inspired by this book that he is finally going to start doing some barefoot running with me!
I listened to this audiobook with my two children (16 years old and 12 years old) as we drove around to their soccer practices, games, tournaments, etc. We spend a lot of time in the car, and audiobooks are a great way for us to "read" books together like we did when they were younger. There were a few scenes and references that weren't completely appropriate for children, but overall it was a great family book and I would recommend it for teens and older.
My criticism: sometimes the writing was overly romanticized and hyperbolic, especially about the Tarahumara people. My mom is from Chihuahua (we have been to many of the places where the race took place!), and we have Tarahumara (Raramuri) blood. I think readers need to be able to overlook/understand the perspective in which this was written in order to "buy in" to the narrative. I find myself recommending the book, but with the caveat that though there are insights into the Raramuri, and they are significant in the book, it is all from an outsider's perspective. Wouldn't it be amazing to read their perspectives and hear their stories? But, that would be another book...
That said, the narrative and information are really engaging, interesting, and motivational! My kids wanted to continue listening in order to follow the narrative of the great race, but by listening to all of it, they are now hooked on running! Needless to say, they are among the throngs of readers/listeners of this book who have been inspired to run. Plus, we all learned a lot and they definitely feel like they are part of a running culture now. There's no downside to that!
My title says it all...I almost stopped listening several times because of the offensive language.