I love subject that include and involve the difficulties of “dealing with serious challenges” and “achieving goals”. Naturally, running marathons and especially Ultra Marathons incorporate those challenges and difficulties and one can be inspired and take the understandings that are mentioned in this book and re-think about other challenges that everyone faces during ones lifetime and implement those principles when other challenges and difficulties appear!
The favorite character was “caballo blanco” that leaves everything behind and lives his fullest passion.
yes, actually there were many of those moments...for example the descriptions of the wild nature, the insight about “dissolving into the pain” and turning painful moments into pleasurable experiences of enjoying defeating those pains. Also the entire buzz and the excitement of running just for the sake of running.
It was captivating, enjoyable, and the true stories were amazing!
The Perfect Mile, Finding Ultra, Every Second Counts, It's Not About the Bike
The scene where the American legend fell down from heat exjaustion during a desert race and was able to pull it together again and win!
Humans: The Perfect Runners (Why running injury happens when it shouldn't. A true story)
I really liked this book, it was inspiring to run to...wish I could find more like it.
I've been running few miles almost every day in the last 30 years or so. I only did few marathons and they always made me suffer.
Anyway, after seeing McDougall on "TED" I purchased this audio book as an "educational" book.
However, it was a very pleasant surprise to find out that it is also very entertaining!
For runners, this book is a potential life changer.
For non-runners and runners alike, it's a good story, it's sometimes funny, sometimes suspenseful and it's always very interesting.
A great read even for non-athletes. The history and science seemed well-sourced, but it was not dry or "self helpish" .
Could have lived without hearing his theory of evolution, which was woven throughout the book. But his personal story of running with the hidden tribe, and the characters that joined him on his journey are will worth getting past hearing his personal believes of evolution. Still this was the best written book I have heard all year. Truly, a well written piece of non-fiction that I highly recommend even through I disagree with his person theory.
This book is so compelling that it will make you want to go for 30 mile run. The book is well written, and the reader is excellent.
I love how Christopher McDougall wove the scientific studies in-between the story (fascinating, real-life characters). I struggle with science even though I want to know…. I’m just want entertaining science.
Jenn Shelton: "I've never really discussed this with anyone bc it sounds pretentious, but I started running ultras to become a better person. I thought if you could run 100 miles, you’d be in this Zen state…. You’d be the f*(!ing Buddha, bringing peace and a smile to the world. It didn’t work in my case; I’m the same old punk @ss as before, but there’s always that hope that it will turn you into the person you want to be… a better, more peaceful person.”
Nope. I would like to listen to more.
You Were Born To Run (my brain isn't really made for creativity).
The author's way of weaving multiply characters into a story without confusing the reader. He always goes back and continues with the original story after heading off on a soapbox. I've never visited this area of the United States and Mexico, but by listening to this book the audience gets a detail account of the geography and culture.
When spanish words are used, the english translation follows. Woven throughout the book, small stories of how the culture like drug gangs, native people, and visitors to the area shape the Mexican landscape.
His voice is perfect for this audiobook. easy listening.
Perfect book for a long run whether a 5k, 1/2 marathon or more.
Terrific story. Very motivating for competitive or casual runners. Non runners will be intrigued as well. Good narration and character development. Best book I've listened to in a long time.