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)
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:)
Really enjoyed this book. Entertaining, funny, and informative. True events and characters told well. Hope McDougall writes more.
It was time well spent in January mulling over the desire to get a resolution under way.
Chapter 3 in the second download portion is really where I would suggest starting to listen. But the chapters don't match what iTunes indicates. They should really sort this out with all of the downloaded versions.
Made for TV movie.
Yes, it was fun and informative.
Hard to pick just one, there are so many likable positive folks in this book.
Caballo Blanco, for the element of mystery.
Secrets of the Canyons
that it is about real people you have never heard of who do some amazing things just for love or just because
also I really appreciated the interviewing of both business economic issues and the scientific issues
This is my favourite audio book thus far. It is GREAT!
Great story, great characters, engaging and inspiring as well as informative. Loved it!
Well delivered. Kept me engaged and kept the story moving.
Yes. I will also likely listed to it again.
I have recommended this to a number of people. It really deserves the incredible praise it has received. I had VERY high expectations and the book exceeded them.
Yes, very different.
The different stories of all the runners.
Liked them all.
Story of great runners with some personal health ideas.
Worth listening too. Very good reader!
Cape Town, South Africa
Several of my friends had encouraged me to read this book, but I was convinced that I belonged to another species, one that was NOT born to run! But there has been something which fascinated me about running, despite my dislike of it, and so I capitulated and listened to this book. Wow! It was just incredible! It is very well written and researched and communicates a knowledge about running, ultramarathons, evolution, our bodies, mindfulness, compassion and love. I enjoyed every minute of this book, it was so well narrated by Fred Sanders who brought it the energy and excitement with which it ought to be read! I was convinced, I too am born to run!
I am a runner coming back from an injury and I absolutely love this book. I listen to audio books while I run and this was the perfect choice. It's very positive and motivational. I also enjoy the narration. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy this book.
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