Born to Run Online 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 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 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 would be comfortable stating that this book is the best work of non-fiction I've ever read. I've recommended it to everyone regardless of if they run or not. In the past four years I've taken up running and even my paltry knowledge and enjoyment of the sport was greatly enlarged by reading this book. By the end of it I desperately wanted to be able to run an ultra-marathon. Unfortunately my body isn't really capable of that, and I think after 4 miles I might just give up. I loved McDougall's narrative style and how he wrote about the larger-than-life people he met along his journey (and more often than not I would forget I was reading non-fiction since it read so much like fiction because of these crazy characters). I really enjoyed the smattering of science, history, food, and culture he wove into the story that all supported this amazing journey. I know a book is good when I desperately want to share all the cool facts and stories with anyone who will listen to me; on that scale, this book is seriously good. I would recommend this book unabashedly to pretty much anyone. There are a few swears close to the beginning, but it's nothing gratuitous. Overall assessment: awesome, awesome book.
Born to Run is one of the most captivating, informative, and inspirational books I have ever read! It covers a dizzying array of subjects: history, philosophy, anthropology, nutrition, geography, physiology, (the dark side of) business, biographies (of ultrarunning legends), and more. Ultimately, it is a story of adventure, discovery, and way of life. The highlights include how humans are designed by natural selection to be long distance runners, how modern shoes contribute to running injuries, and how nutrition is important to running. In addition to making science and running tips interesting, the book is full of amazing stories about ultrarunning (e.g., the Leadville 100 Race), and anecdotes of colorful characters, such as Caballo Blanco, the enigmatic fighter-turned-runner; Jenn Shelton, the school teacher/ultrarunner; Barefoot Ted (a bit of a nutcase I think); and of course, the Tarahumara, the “running people”, aka “The Hidden Tribe.” I have to admit, as interesting/idealistic as the Tarahumaras seem to be, some of their “secrets” sound a bit faddish. Chia is the super energy food? Well, I guess I’d better stock up! Tarahumara beer? Surely available at Whole Foods? I am now as skeptical about nutritional supplements as about running shoes. The whole
supplements industry sounds like another giant big scam pushing pills with every far-fetched claim you can imagine, while the placebo effect might work just as well. Inspired by this book, I am ready to embark on the vegetarian diet (again), and canâ€™t wait for fairer weather to come when I can run outside again (too bad I lost easy access to trails after my move)!
The author of this book is not only a runner, he was a hurt runner with no one who seemed to be able to offer him more than occasional shots of cortisone into the sole of his foot. That wasn't good enough so we went on a quest to find someone who could offer something more. This starting point lead McDougall on an unexpected and unpredictable trail that led eventually to a hermit-like running man who lived in the extremely isolated Copper Canyon of the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, home of the Tarahumara Indians. The Tarahumara were, he discovered, perhaps the best long distance runners in the world. Along the way we are introduced to the sport of ultra-distance running and that rare breed, the ultra-distance runner. How do they do it? Why do they do it, and what do they share in common with other long-distance running cultures? You'll just have to read the book to find out. Personally, the part of the book that I found absolutely amazing was toward the end where the author provides a glimpse into the anatomy and physiology of the human body, and of a theory that is gaining strength - the "running man theory". This theory states that humans are built to run. And we did all that originally in bare feet. As a biologist I was spellbound when the author shared information from researchers who studied anatomical and behavioral difference between running and non-running species. I could go on and on, but the short of it is that while you don't have to be a runner to enjoy this book, it helps. I am a mere hobby jogger compared to the ultra-distance runners in this book. Still I felt a distant kinship with them.
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