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)
I enjoyed the narrators tone, never dull. Always helpful in helping me visualize the canyons where this story took place. This is both a story about our species ability and need to run as well as some of the best runners in the world, and their secret in being ultra running champions. Set mostly in the canyons of Chihuahua Mexico this story follows the authors journey to learn the secret of the Tarahumara people and gain back his ability to run after being told he would need to stop running.
I'm a chronic sitter and lifelong running hater. My better half loves to run, so I picked up this book for us to listen to together on a long road trip. By the time ago the characters were introduced, I felt ready to learn the right way to run. Now, only two days into running and having finished the book, I can already tell that my life is going to change and that the pain I have experienced for as long as I can remember will soon be a thing of the past. We really are born to run!
This is an amazing book! If you like jogging or if you want to start jogging this is probably the best motivational book ever written on this subject matter. This is the story of a lost tribe, jogging's history and why jogging is so important for us humans. Sure Doug may not sound that interesting but it really is!
Great story, great information, and a narrator that's easy to listen to. It's gotten me really excited about running and I've never cared to run.
I am not a runner, but I thoroughly enjoyed learning about those who do run for the joy of it. I may have to become a neighborhood runner after listening to this book.
This book was an absolute joy!
* The details of the remote tribe
* The effects of running on the body and the feet.
* The superathletes running for hundreds of miles
* Training barefoot and the scientific benefits
I enjoyed the entire book!
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