Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Born to Run A Hidden Tribe Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Author:Christopher McDougall 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 an... more »d 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 fifty-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.« less
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"Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall is a book about discovering why some people or tribes are natural long-distance runners while most of us end up with injuries from merely jogging a few miles a week.
The book chronicles Christopher's search for the elusive Tarahumara Indians who can run extreme distances with no apparent ill effects. He also tracks down the mysterious Caballo Blanco, a tall, skinny American who lives among the Tarahumara and has learned some of their endurance secrets.
McDougall investigates the ins and outs of the running industry in America and why technological advances in running shoes doesn't seem to be reducing injuries, while the Tarahumara run barefooted or with primitive hand-made sandals and are injury free.
The climax of the book is a race through the Copper Canyons of Mexico run by a mixture of Americans and Tarahumara, and the camaraderie shared by all as they run a truly amazing race.
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I started Born to Run a bit cautious about whether I would like it or not, as I'm not a big runner and didn't know anything about the sport of ultramarathons. About twenty pages in, I was hooked and the rest of the book was a joy to read. McDougall interweaves several storylines to create a well-rounded view of long-distance running, the Tarahumara, and the evolution of humans as runners. The characters in the book were fascinating, and the science was presented clearly and from varying perspectives. I've already recommended this book to many friends, and once it comes out in paperback, I'm buying my own copy and doing a reread!
A very interesting story for runners and non-runners alike! If this book can't motivate you to get up and running, nothing will. A well-written, well paced book. This book manages to put into words the joy that running brings. Since reading this book, I've found myself committed to running in a way that I never was before. This book really illustrates how much the mental can overcome the physical when it comes to running. Heading out for a run with a positive attitude and a smile of anticipation can transform a "normal" run into pure bliss. This book entertains and teaches.
Chris McDougall, a self-proclaimed mid-pack runner, has the time of his life running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyon in Mexico, with the Tarahumara Indians. Who know a description of setting up a seriously small, seriously crazy road race could be so spellbinding? Along the way, we are treated to digressions about the clannish world of ultramarathoners, and the secrets of why running in shoes is perhaps the worst thing we could do to our feet. If you are a runner, this book should be required reading, even if your idea of an ultramarathon is twice around the block.