Born to Run Kindle Fire 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 Absolutely a must-read for any runner, even just a washed-up high school athlete such as myself. Definitely the kind of book that drags you up off your ass and makes you feel like the wusse that you are for whining about running a measly five miles in the heat. McDougall occasionally overtells his story a little bit, giving the reader a sneaking sense if not any hard evidence that there's a little hyperbole involved. But overall, he's crafted a great yarn that pulls you along to the end unsure of how it's all going to turn out - but also one that is well-researched - including dozens of quotes from academic researchers who study human endurance - and offers interesting insight into the evolution of long-distance running and a compelling argument that modern shoe companies are basically the ones to blame for skyrocketing injuries. I won't immediately trade in my shoes, but I will always think about them differently than I do now and might try some different approaches that I wouldn't have previously considered. By the end I was fist pumping and ready to train for another marathon, and was also reminded of the essence, or the Zen of running, which, like yoga, offers through physical movement a way of looking at and approaching life that is more compassionate and less prone to suffering of self and others.
I want everyone to read this!!! Amazing, rollicking non-fiction that reads almost like a "dude movie", interspersed with some good science and history about humans and running. The book has a great adventure story to tell: author, a journalist fascinated by this tribe, teams up with a hippie expat outcast to bring a team of American distance "ultra runners" to the homeland of the indigenous tribe for a race. The adventures this cast of wacky characters endures at times made me want to whoop HELL YEAH!!! How fitting that a book about the human propensity towards endurance and physical longevity would have such good pacing! Much like a marathon, reading this book was totally exciting yet well paced. There is a lot of fascinating history and science well-woven into the narrative of the book. At times I would feel impatient during what seemed like a tangent on some obscure race or random scientist or coach, but the author rewards your patience by tying it back into the exciting plot. And as a result, I feel like I learned a lot without feeling like I was "learning a lesson" or something (and also, I developed a healthy outrage towards Nike and
other shoe monoliths).
This book will change your life. And your shoes. I loved the anthropological assessment of human evolution that McDougall gives--even though some of his assertions are flawed. Frankly, he goes too far to drive the point home that we should all be barefoot runners. However, I tend to agree that we don't need so much SPeva foam - built shoes. I don't go as far as he does, but I inch towards him on this premise. I think he's a great writer. This story is so amazing that I think its highly fictionalized. I hope I'm wrong. It was so entertaining from start to finish. Also, I disagree that the Asics Gel Kinsei II is the worst shoe ever. Compared to many of the foamy cushiony shoes the Kinsei II are built better, stiffer, and more neutral than most shoes. He is appalled at the price. I get it, but don't mess with those shoes. Blast the Nike Zoom Vomero and its ilk, but you are wrong on the kinsei II buddy. If I ever see McDougall, I'm going to give him five bucks for such an entertaining read during a difficult time period in my life when wall street got me down. I took long walks in central park and listened (I'm an audiobook guy) to this book to calm my troubled soul. And indeed it worked.
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