Born to Run eReader 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 Are we BORN TO RUN? YES WE ARE and after you read this book you will agree. What you also will find is an adventure, an understanding on why we run, why we don't, and a look at one man's journey to becoming a true runner and getting his health back. The Tarahumara Indians of Mexico are the best distance runners in the world and we go into their world to see what it is they do and how they live. They are fascinating as they have the true secret to enjoy running. What you will also learn is why more and more people are moving to barefoot running or shoes with LESS rather than more in the running shoe. Why are there MORE injuries now as they improve running shoes? You will also get to witness some of the most colorful characters who happen to be ultra runners and Tarahumaras as well. Add to that the brilliant but completely out of left field character whose dream is to have the best ultra runners in the world come to Mexico to run in the hlly cliffs and trails vs. the Tarahumaras to see who is the greatest long distance runner in the world. Born to Run was recommended to me by a runner i know who told me i would love this book. The truth is, i bought it because i promised my son, who heard my friend tell me all about it, that i would buy it. He thought it might be the thing to get me re-motivated to run and improve my nourishment. I had my doubts but was willing to give it a try. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I am inspired, i am rejuvenated and i want to run. What i have realized is i have to enjoy my running, and i have to eat better. I want to do both and i WILL!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone who runs, has run, or wants to run. Additionally i would suggest anyone who is interested in finding out why we as a people were truly Born To Run and read about people who have spent their lives finding out why we do.
Awesome book! The recounting of ultramarathons past are epic and gripping; the stories from Mexico are quirky, fun, and tragic; and the biomechanical and anthropological information is fascinating. I think non-runners will find the boog engaging. The book flips back and forth between the author's experiences, running history, and the mechanics of running itself. It's not entirely seamless, but it does a pretty good job melding the three 'storylines' together. Also, one of the last chapters is almost entirely devoted to anthropology and the theory that man was, as the title suggests, born to run. If none of that is something you think you'd
care about in the least, I'd skip this book, but you might be surprised. There's a 50-mile showdown between the best ultramarathoner America has to offer and the best the Tarahumaran runner from the ancient running tribe of Mexico at the climax of the book...want to know who wins? Read the book! Or look it up, I'm sure someone on the interweb has spoiled it. But then you'd miss all the fun--this book made me want to run 100 miles.
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book. When you pick up a book about running, you expect it to be just as exciting as you perceive running. It’s a big fat boring. But for some reason I was drawn to this book. I’d seen it in a bunch of local running stores. Simple title with hints of Springsteen. Pretty photo of a single man running on a crested butte. Maybe this book could show me not “How to Run” but what I was missing about running or some technique that would make me happier about running. Jumping in, I was instantly taking by the writing style and that is wasn’t about running or running technique or how to be a better runner. It’s more about sociology, anthropology, philosophy, science, and joy. If Malcolm Gladwell was writing a book about running, it might feel like this. Centered around an isolated group of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara and a ghostly American mountain man who may be constructing the most interesting ultrarace ever seen, McDougall takes the reader through the origins of ultraracing, human evolution, crazy westerners, average people who do extraordinary things, the modern shoe industry, Mexican drug cartels, Harvard science labs, and everything you wouldn’t expect from a book about running. Reading random little details like Wilt Chamberlain ran a 50-mile race in 60s after years of damage to his knees from basketball or that Harvard scientists ran a biomechanics experiment that required taking the rectal temperature of a cheetah would often make you curious what fun McDougall would leave you on the next page. I smiled a lot reading this book, even laughed out loud a couple of times. I’ve read comedy books that don’t make me laugh. I’d recommend this book to everyone – and likely will. If you need some inspiration, your sense of convention challenged or have some in your faith in humanity restored, surprisingly, this is your book.
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