Born to Run eBook by Christopher McDougall
Click Here to Download the Book 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 worldâ€™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 Mexicoâ€™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.
Reviews I love this book, it is so well written to keep the reader's interest as well as provide a very good argument for barefoot running using citations of scientific studies. I like how the author presents an overall story, but interjects with studies, anthropology, and other cute stories along the way. This book was a complete revelation to me! I was a good runner up until my 20's when I started to get injured. I had finished a number of triathlons and I would do really well, except for on the run. Eventually I had become severely injured, and was in severe pain, when I ran. I was sent to a rehab clinic by my doctor, where I was prescribed a series of stretches, advised to buy shoes with MORE cushioning, and to wear an orthotic on only my right foot. I did these things but I found my running deteriorating further and I was in more pain than ever before. I was teaching a friend who wants to complete a triathlon how to swim, and he asked my why I don't compete anymore, and I told him I can no longer run. He recommended this book to me. It is now my training bible. After run/walking 3 miles for the past few months, I got a pair of Vibram five -fingers and ran over 3 miles without pain, and without stopping. I am a true convert. If you struggle with running you may find that the answers you are looking for in this book. It has truly changed my life.
I have been interested in the idea of barefoot running for several years. When Vibram Five Fingers first came out, they looked interesting, but I couldn't bring myself to pay $100+ for shoes when I had no idea if they were real or a gimmick. This year I found out a couple weeks before Christmas that I was going to be getting some Five Fingers, so I decided I should read the barefoot bible. I picked up the book not sure what to expect. The more I read, the more I got sucked in. The book is a great read. Christopher McDougall tells a fascinating story about a race in the middle of nowhere. Along the way he teaches you about anthropology, genetics, bio-mechanics, hunting and everything else that relates to running. More than that, he talks about being a good person. Years ago, I ran a lot. Then I got married, got a job and had kids. This last summer, I tried to pick it up again
and was plagued by knee pain and couldn't run much at all. This book gave ideas to treat my pain, and more motivation to get out running than any 5 people need. My only regret about this book is that I read it at the wrong time. Part way through one chapter, I turned to my wife and said I couldn't handle it. I *had* to go for a run. She looked at me, reminded me that it was -8 F outside and asked if I was really sure I wanted to run? Be prepared to go outside when you read this book.
This book is heaven written black on white. From page one, I've been hooked and I haven't been able to stop. I started it today at maybe 11 am and finished now, at 10 pm. With pauses and all that, I still couldn't convince myself to let it down. I had homework, dammit, and I risk getting a 4 in class because I wanted to finish this so badly. It's been a long time since I read a book like I was thirsty for water after a ... 100 mile run through the Death Valley, suppose. See? Now everything comes in running terms, and I'm so far away from being a runner or even a sloppy walker! It impressed me so much through it's roughness, through the raw feeling that I understand now that running gives; it impressed me because of the people, the men and women (or women and men) who pushed themselves further and further until there was no further so they invented it. I loved this book so much, and now I am so sad I finished it. Books like this don't come on your ... track ... every other day, so it's a treasure and a thing to be respected.
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