In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.
Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence.
With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a 50-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.
With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons.
Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
©2009 Knopf; (P)2009 Random House
"Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history....[McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down....The climactic race reads like a sprint....It simply makes you want to run." (Outside Magazine)
"Hugely entertaining. . . . One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years." (The Irish Times)
A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete." (Kirkus)
Its definitely one of the best books I've listened to so far
Oh yeah it made me laugh and at certain instances jaw dropping on the things these runners have done and can do. The philosophy and the resolve of these people are highlighted very well and something worth adopting
Didn't read the print version.
I really liked the science behind the argument that humans are built for running long distances and the revelation about the damage runners suffer due largely to the shoe industry.
Although I've never heard Christopher McDougall speak, Fred sounded as if he could have been the author, he sounded the part.
I'm really glad I listened to this book. Running has always been my choice for cardiovascular exercise, but I had nearly reached the conclusion it was too hard on the human body. I have a new appreciation for the sport and feel strong and comfortable on the trail.
I'm so glad i listened to this book while I was running. I can't imagine experiencing it while sitting on my couch. This book was made for runners who like Audible. I definitely picked up my pace and had a smile on my face while I listened to it. It's all been said before, but this is a classic, fun listen. I was the last of my running friends to read it and I'm sorry it took me so long to get around to it.
Great narrator who was super easy to listen to on 1.5X speed.
This was an awesome story that is well told. It is well written, well researched and really tells a story of humanity. It is also very inspiring to get you off the couch and get out and move. Best book I have listened to so far.
I loved it, it was great! Everyday I wanted to hear some more, and tell everyone around what I had discovered. I loved the characters and the parts where he diverges from the storyline to educate the reader about running. Great book I would recommend for any runner (even newbies like me). Very motivating.
Loved it. The narrator was great. I couldn't put it down. I finished the book in 4 or 5 days. Chapter 25 was my favorite because it outlined the details of the basic thesis of the book in a convincing and authoritative way.
This is one of those stories that excels being told audibly. It flows freely and kept my interest. I don't usually bookmark audible stories, but I found myself bookmarking several spots so that I could easily find the information.
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