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)
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
An absolute must-listen. A truly inspiring story that has made me have a new love for running; and certainly convinced me that humans are "born to run". Everyone needs to listen to this book and then take its advice: running and eating healthy. I truly believe it would reduce the obesity and unhealthiness in the American population.
Very humorous at times, wonderful and interesting characters, a fantastic finish.
I found out about this book after watching some youtube videos about running, since I was having some pain in my hip after running.
After this book, I had a better understanding of running itself, and why my hip was hurting. I follow its advice and everything got fixed! no pain!
Besides the content of this book, which is great and inspiring, the performance is great. It gets you involved and connected to the characters.
The reading was wonderful, the story was wonderful!
WONDERFUL book to listen to whether you are an athlete or not!
This is an entertaining and inspiring book and is helping motivate me into becoming an avid runner and I am experimenting successfully with the barefoot running philosophy. The performance and storyline are well laid out and keep your attention from start to finish. It is filled with entertaining adventures and interesting personalities. I recommend it for everyone especially if you are looking for some added motivation.
I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.
I have and will continue. Not just for running friends either.
The story of Ann Trayson! I really enjoyed that.
He is an excellent narrator. He really did the book justice. Great job!!!
The whole book moved me but definitely the end when you find out who he is.
Excellent book and I really learned alot. Being a runner it really made me love running even more.
I have been running for 9 months and this was well timed. I have heard the hype about this book but was avoiding it because I did not want to be preached to about barefoot running. (Not a fan.) It is not that. This is a great book and entertains as well as informs but from a position to give you something to think about rather than forcing it down your throat.
I loved the book. Felt like I was being taken into an adventure while being educated along the way. Great book and being someone with ADD I never found myself spacing out or not paying attention.
The Race before us by Bruce Matson.
A thoroughly well-written and inspiring read for the person who feels the athlete in their soul. I couldn't stop listening to it …the storytelling is touching and endlessly intriguing! I listened to it on my runs, on my way to the office and on 5-minute drives - whatever time I could squeeze in. Guaranteed I will read it again in a few years when I need the motivation again!
A great listen. This was a very intriguing book I listened to while running. I'm very happy to say it inspired me and brought many a smile to my face during my runs. At times, McDougall stops in the middle of a story, to tell another story which helps provide further background and detail to the original story. Sometimes I forgot there was an original, unfinished story to begin with until he returned to it. Of course, part of this could have been from the fact that I was running and getting tired. Either way, I got so much enjoyment out of it the first time, I will listen to this book again and suggest you do, too.
Yes, because I learned that there really is no limit to what the human body can endure
This is the first one. If flowed pretty well.
Yes, but it was hard for me to listen for more than 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
Probably not. It was interesting but not to the point where I would go see it in the movie theaters.
After reading the book I ended up buying a pair of minimum running shoes to see if it will improve my running performance.
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