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)
Classics, productivity, travel, beach culture, family, languages, learning,sports
Yes, great story and well read.
What a fantastic thirst for life these people have.
Fred is awesome. Probably the best narrarator I have heard so far.
Just couldnt wait for my commute to begin.
I think this book could spark profound changes with people who need that little push to do something spectacular.
A 30 Year old male with interests in Media, Digital Art, online businesses and running
the description of the characters is amazing, you like the characters without meeting them.
I think the reader brings a lot of passion into the reading of this book. his tone of voice helps set the mood right for the scenes depicted in this book
It made me change my perception of human limits, I run 5 Km daily after reading this book I decided to increase my runs to 10 Km daily. and was able to do it. Got me to start exploring barefoot running.
Well written and insperational...........................
Narrative put you into the story and was very beliveable........
How to always keep going.........................
Great book, Learned a lot of new things about running. Have a lot of motivation thanks to this book, Thank you
It is hard to say what I loved best. It is full of useful and even life changing information if it turns out to be correct. Even if it doesn't the book was hilariously funny, super motivating and just plain fun.
I laughed out loud while running every single day I listened to this book. People on the trail kept looking at me and smiling.
this book is adventurous, exciting, moving, and educational. I would recommend it to anyone that loves running and listening to the offbeat stories of those that live outside the box.
This is one of my favorite books: it is a brilliant blend of history, intrigue, wacky characters, and superathletes. After reading this book, I just want to get outside for a run. I have listened to it several times (and read the print version too), and plan to do so again in the future. Also, Fred Sanders has a likeable and easy-to-listen-to voice that lends itself nicely to the story.
This is only one of the first audio books I've listened to, however I LOVED it. I've been wanting to read the book for a while now but with my commute this was a great way to go. The story sucks you in and there are a lot of details/tips/tools I found interesting as a runner.
Jenn & Billy - they are some crazy and humorous characters.
lot of laughing...
The way McDougal gradually unfolds the story of the Tarahumaru and Caballo, pausing for short bios of some great international athletes of the last 50 years.
Also, I especially liked the chapters spent debunking common misconceptions about running styles, expensive footwear and injuries and the chapters that went into the evolution of our hunting techniques.
Far more interesting than Finding Ultra.
Chris and Caballo
Why did we change thousands of years of good running technique in the last 50 years?
Yes, and I already have recommended it:)
The education I got on the Tarahumara people.
Kept me captivated, clear and in the zone.
Learning how to run all over again and in a better way than I ran before....the recipes of the Tarahumara people.
The was my first audible novel and it was a great one to kill two birds with one stone, running on the treadmill and enjoying the story at the same time:)
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