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)
Yes, because it was an amazing, inspiring read.
Learning in order to be a good runner, you need to give up the idea that you're running to be skinner, or better. You need to run because you love it.
The way he really got into the book and portrayed the authors ideas
To love running for what it is -- a break from real life and what we were born to do.
This book was so good I'm making my boyfriend read it. It really inspired me to hit the road again, but not to make myself skinner, as I've ALWAYS tried before, and then failed. I started running again just to see if I could love it for what it was. Sure enough, I truly do.
This book was great! It kept me entertained and super excited and motivated to run during my training! I loved it and will recommend it to my whole family!!!
I was only able to get through the first 2 chapters, but the author had already surpassed my limit for BS. Much of the information about running and the Indian's lifestyle was wrong. It is pointless to go on. Look at the Amazon reviews on the book, particularly the most helpful low ranking reviews. Based on the overall reviews, I believe the story is good, but it is mostly fiction.
The narrator was good.
Great book, great narration!!!
Even if you are not a runner, you can really appreciate this story. Wonderful characters and compelling narratives.
Great story and narration. The scientific basis for running was surprising and compelling. Loved the race at the end and the bonding humanity of the runners.
An awakening of running knowledge, truly amazing, superbly fun and easy to listen while running. Great book!! Well done!!
Fred make this book and mystical and exciting listening experience. job well done!!
Extreme informative , we have been running all wrong for so many year... marketing is destroying our bodies.
The book did a great job of explaining scientifically why we were born to run while at the same time interweaving a great story. This combination kept me interested and wanting to listen more.
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