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)
on a quest to read Audible's entire nonfiction science section...
The only flaw I can find with this audiobook is that it took a bit to get rolling but, once it did, I absolutely fell in love with this one. Great characters, lucid writing and research, engaging story and a motivational message puts this one in my top 20 if not top 10 audiobooks.
The race through the mountains with the Tarahumara and the "bru-ha" was a wonderful lesson and a pivotal part of the point. My persepective of why I run changed at about this point. Do it because you can and because you were born to! Enjoy it!
One Man's Journey to Find Himself and Everyone Else at the Finish Line Together!
RIP Caballo Blanco. You touched my heart and taught me how to run!
This was my forst audio book ever!
What a stroke of luck for me! I loved the book, the narrator and the messages of the book!
You are already ready...... now RUN!
This book made me rething everything from nutrition to exercise..... Thank you!
For anyone who is an athlete at heart.
Fun to listen to as an Oregonian, especially.
The stories about the people
The stories about the people and what changed them.
I really feel this book can be life changing, not only as a runner, but in the ways one approaches life. There were a few parts that I felt were tedious and boring (some of the scientific parts regarding hunting antelopes), and I prefer stories about people, but my husband really enjoyed some of the scientific parts so there's something for everyone! I find myself eating better and trying to make a move towards minimalistic running.
If you haven't heard of the Tarahumara, ultra marathoners, and how running shoes have caused so many injuries, you'll find this very interesting.
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
It was a very interesting story and got me thinking about running in a way I never had before. It is not simply a book about how great running is, but is a book on the history and culture of running, and tries to explore WHY running is so great.
I am not a runner, and I never have been. The furthest I've ever run is 1.5 miles, and it was slow enough to make me feel guilty about calling it "running." So, I didn't go into this book expecting much. But, overall it was very interesting and entertaining. A few times it gets a bit grandiose about the pleasure and potential of running, but it didn't feel like I was listening to a sermon at the Church of Running.
Maybe after you read it you will get up and go run (which I did, but have since stopped again) and maybe you won't, but either way it was a very fun story.
Im not a runner, but this book inspired me to buy new running shoes. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy this book. It gets a little dry in parts, but fight thru. It's a better than average boom over all.
Very informative and it told an interesting story at the same time.
Even, enjoyable a non factor
Nike is the devil
Yes, I would recommend this book. it has really encouraged me, as a new runner, to push myself.
Possibly, not sure how interested I am in reading more running books, one might be enough.
That our bodies are capable of much more than we think. Knowing this has changed my outlook on training and am able to push myself a lot harder knowing we were "born to run".
I love this book and i'm listening to it again and probably going to repeat it everytime I need more running motivation.
As a former competitive runner I've always had problems getting back to it - my brain can run 19:40 5K but my body ... well though I love love, CRAVE even (this book made me realize/reaquaint with) the feeling of successful runs but I hate the getting back into shape which with the number of injuries I've been getting is pretty much always the case.
I listened to this book before "boot-camp" and managed to be so motivated that I did my 1.5mi test over a steep bridge even in 11:15 after not being 'up-to' running the full distance without stopping only ~3 wks before.
He got me back in touch with my original LOVE for running - cause he's more right than he may think I did run EVERYWHERE EVERYWHERE all the way till the last year of high school ... EVERYwhere.
man I love running now more like I originally did and I've recommended the book to so many people & I've found so many other fans since reading this book too - We are a running nation, a running world, a running race... :-D
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