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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 Best piece of nonfiction I've read in FOever. Seriously. The story's already amazing. But the language is such a surprise. I'd read this book for the language alone, much less the characters and the catchy plot, driven by an impending race, and the fascinating factoids sprinkled throughout. The irreverent, vivid writing makes this book much more than a mere book about running. It becomes about life, adventure, anthropology, cultures, personalities, society, evolution, and everything else under the sun. And, yes, it will make you want to go for a long, long run, afterwards--or, for that matter, any physical thing which conjures that love of being and doing. As McDougall puts it, in his compelling way: "Remember? Back when you were a kid and you had to be yelled at to slow down? Every game you played, you played at top speed, sprinting like crazy as you kicked cans, freed all, and attacked jungle outposts in your neighbors' backyards. Half the fun of doing anything was doing it at record pace, making it probably the last time in your life you'd ever be hassled for going too fast....That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they'd never forgotten what it felt like to love running."
Possibly the best book I've read in years. The overall story is of the Tarahumara, the running people, and a 50 mile race in one of the most dangerous places in the world. Interspersed is a history of ultra running and runners. Also included is the evolution of human running, how running affects us, how to love running again, and how we may be the greatest running species on this planet. The best part is the attitudes of the runners, who lift and build each other through triumph and tragedy. It really makes you wonder if running could be a prelude to really changing people for the better. All my life I've ran because it's just what you do if you want to be healthy, and I've always hated it. There is that few seconds when you first take off that it's joyous, but it swiftly deteriorates in pain and drudgery. While reading this book I took note of some of the techniques mentioned. Despite a badly injured ankle I went out and tried some. For the first time in my life I ran approximately a mile and a half with what seemed like no effort at all. I stopped, stretched a bit, and ran back, now breathing a bit harder, but still feeling better about running than I thought was possible. Even now, with blisters all over my toes I want to go out and run. But while I want to learn the physical principles, I also want to take advantage of the mental and spiritual benefits that are described.
On the one hand I can't wait to lend this book to all my friends, on the other hand I want to keep it close so I can dive in and recapture the excitement at my leisure.
How could I not have reviewed this book! Born to run was easily one of my favorite books in recent memory. On the down side it's a little short and for all the claims that the author makes I wish there was a bibliography to track down some of the sources. If I spent the time I could figure it out. Many peoples names are peppered throughout the book in reference to research but who wants to go flip through a book sorting out details? The main criticism about this book made by Amazon reviewers is that Christopher McDougall is much better suited towards writing articles since that is where he comes from and he does that best. I disagree. Many writers start out this way and I think McDougall has done a bang up job with this book. I recently started running (within a year) and I found this book to be exciting, inspiring and informative. McDougall successfully weaves historical accounts and theories with his own unique running experiences. I can safely say that this book "covers new ground" (sorry) and if you have any interest in running you are likely to enjoy this book.
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