Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
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 ultra runners 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 Christopher McDougall (P)2012 Audible Ltd
"Hugely entertaining.... One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years." (Times)
"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)
A terrific ride, recommended for any athlete." (Kirkus)
At the top
For me its out on its own
He portrayed the characters well
all of it
I really enjoyed this book, but I really love running. It is full of interesting theories and facts and really inspiring to get out there and run, just run. It also has some great stories to be told along the way. Highly recommended, especially if you have an interest in running.
Have already done so! It's got lots of great information about running & nutrition!
I liked it for all the practical tips I got out of it. It had a lot of 'think more about this' stuff in there. Even if you don't choose to take it all for gospel, it's good to have a think about. Also there were so many inspiring stories throughout the book.
I liked Jenn Shelton.. due to she was younger, funny and relatable.
Why go barefoot?
Sometimes I felt it a bit hard to concentrate when the book jumps quickly from story to story. But could have just been me.
Creative, Facts, Options
Allows me to be on the move
Made me curious
I enjoyed the creative journey of the book, having just got into long distance running I am digesting a lot at the moment..
Reader / writer. @timosolo
Hard to say more than the other reviews. This book changed my view of running, and opened up a new world of ultra running that I never knew existed. Great read for anyone wanting to be inspired to put on those running shoes (or take them off as the case may be ;)
The various characters were very interesting. You got to know each one in this book well and the story for each character was told really well. The intertwining of some science was cleverly done.
Humans were meant to move! And humans were meant to move bare foot!
Scott E Bales
Loved... cause I could listen while running
Eye opening, inspiring. Story line and background flowed well
A great voice selection, a voice that you could relate to
Let's go running
This is the first audible book I've listened too and absolutely loved it. So easy to sit outside on a sunny day 'reading' a book while having lunch and watching the surrounds. So sad to hear it end!
I like the whole story, didn't find it boring one bit.
No I haven't so hard to compare.
Great book, I was recommended it by a friend and would happily recommend it to friends :)
Really enjoyed this audio book.
Great story and very motivational, very well narrated and excellently written.
I absolutely loved it. It is a brilliant and inspiring story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, but especially those who run or are thinking of running.
I laughed out loud and cried through the book. The running science touched on is fascinating.
It has inspired me to try barefoot running.
"Entertaining but sometimes seemed a bit phony.."
I would not recommend this book to a friend. The author seemed to use poetic license to dramatize events which really didn't require embellishment. At times however he captures the spirit of the sport very beautifully. I have since read that some athletes who were characterised in the book later expressed their displeasure with the author's characterisation of them. Anyway, I will be feeling infinitely more guilty about my modern lazy lifestyle, and for that the author is to be commended!
What an amazing story if you want to be inspired get this book great story with real people
A great listen and some enlightening information concerning the development of barefoot running. I have been suffering from various running injuries, switched to minimal shoes after listening to this and have had no injuries since! It's also a great story and well read.
"A great listen"
I like to run and I found it a brilliant story and I didn't want it to end.
Great narration by Fred
"Interesting and inspiring"
The story of a secret Mexican running tribe, their 'crazy' friend and his dream of the greatest ultra race the world would never see is an enchanting and inspiring tale for any runner. Lots of interesting ideas to try out in training too. Left my feet itching to get back on the trail!
"Not just for runners"
Fabulous and inspiring with great characters and well narrated. I now need to get his other book.
Interested in ultra running them this book is a must! Changed everything about how I look at my running! 5 stars!
A few books over the years have changed the direction that my life has taken.
"The beach" had me backpacking across Southeast Asia and Australia for a year. "into the wild " got be hiking up mountains and camping which led to me meeting my now wife and I think this book will have be running to God knows where..inspiring stuff.
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