Born to Run PDF 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 am giving this book 5 stars because not only was it extremely well written and interesting, but it gave me the direction and information I needed to begin to retrain my body to run differently. Whether you’re an ultra marathoner or a weekend warrior, Born to Run is a book all runners should read. It focuses on the Tarahumara Indians who have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. They aren’t fitted for sneakers, or endorsed by Nike. They just run, effortlessly, for the pure joy of funning and without yelling “ahhh my knee!” In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. Normally, I would get through a book like this pretty quickly, but there were multiple times I would go on line and look at the various runners and styles of running (Chi, for one) and watch video after video (thank you youtube) on the Tarahumara style of running. A few weeks ago, I was seriously considering giving up running or cutting down on it substantially due to a bad knee, but after finishing this book I felt my mind was reengaged and my body was inspired.
I should have reviewed this book right after I read it, but . . . well, I didn't. Anyway. First off, I listened the book on audio. The reader was fantastic! He took a little while to get used to (and I thought his cadence would end up annoying me), but he captured the humor in this book perfectly. The beginning of the book worried me. I'm not a fan of books that fetishize other cultures and the first chapter or so of this book gets close to that, but then McDougall begins his actual store and I was hooked. The research is integrated into the story so that neither the story nor the background take over. There is a lovely arc to the adventure tale with emotion (a feature not always present in nonfiction, even in stories where it should be) and a tearjerker of an ending. McDougall writes about the people in this book with affection, though he doesn't hide from their faults. We'll have to see the long range impact of this book on my own running. I've been inspired to work on my running form in the hopes that my shin splints will stop bothering me. So far it seems to be helping.
The Turamara Indians of Mexico are runners--I don't mean just faced, I mean extremely long distances (100 miles), in extremely difficult terrain (Canyons and mountains in Mexico), and barefoot to boot. Among them lives an anchorite called Caballo Blanco (White Horse), who is white and perhaps the best runner of them all. Caballo does nothing but run, with, perhaps, short stops for other needs! The author tells us about this tribe and about the running experience. He believes that man is best suited for barefoot running and that modern running shoes are killers. His observations on the running cult, the reasons we run, and the difference between extreme distance runners and simple marathoners, and the anatomy of running are extremely interesting--at least o this former marathoner. By the way, just a year ago (or thereabouts) Caballo Blanco was found dead in a canyon stream. He had broken a leg and could not get to help because it was such a remote and treacherous location. A sad end to a very interesting story.
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