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)
I will definitely listen to this book again. Everything about it appeals to me.
It is amazingly educational while telling a fascinating story. Also I have done a lot of hiking and backpacking and can easily relate to the characters.
It is hard to say which scene is my favorite. The story goes from one great tale to another.
Sure, but there is a lot to be savored and not rushed through.
I love this book and had read it three or four times before buying it on Audible. I have had some other experiences where a favorite book was not a good listen because of the performance. This time I was very glad I decided to listen. The performance was just right so I now have a great way to continue enjoying one if my favorite books.
I love audiobooks! They allow me to do my daily chores and get a book read at the same time.
I really enjoyed listening to his voice.
It makes you remember why you ran in the first place. I think many people forget and then running becomes just another task to do on their long list. Barefoot running; very enjoyable but have only done 10 mile runs like this. I have noticed starting to feel fatigue and then not lifting my feet all the way up and ending up with a sprained/stubbed great toe. Ouch!
The narrator did an excellent job.
It was so interesting AND informative, but told as a story. I was expecting more of a "how to" book, so I was initially disappointed when the author was telling all of these stories about people. Then it all came together and it was incredible. I'm listening to it a 2nd time now.
This book changed my life. I recommend this book to anyone that is a runner at all, but especially if you have experienced injuries from running.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
Even if you aren't a runner (which I'm not), Born to Run is a really enjoyable read. Part medical/fitness book, part anthropological study, part evolutionary history, and all great story telling, Born to Run starts off as a compelling story and just keeps you turning pages until the end. The performance was quite good too. Who knew we were all Born to Run?
Green professional and pro blogger; Audible addict!
Great characters and race descriptions. As a trail racer, this was an exciting listen. It's also a true story.
I love Scot Jurek
A great book for runners
This was a bargain. Now I want to go for a run!
I've listened to this audio book twice and I'm gonna listen to it again.
This book reconciled me with my natural form of running.
Fred Sanders bring real life to a story which otherwise would sound more technical.
This book made me change my 120$ running shoes for cheap 12$ walking flats and run more per week without any injuries than ever.
Life is a journey, enjoy it......because one day it will all end.
In the top 2
The description of the race
I have not but his performance was excellent.
Amazing book. My 6 year old daughter even enjoyed listening to this book with me. One night we sat and did small tasks for 4 hours and listed to this book the whole time. If you run at all, or even if you don't, I would say this is a must download.
Getting back to the basics of running and re-learning to run as our ancestors did centuries ago.
The final race
The last chapter
Running around the world
A little confusing in its ambition in the beginning but still a must read for a runner.
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