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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 EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK! This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It has inspired me, made me laugh and cheer everyone on. McDougall is a former AP reporter, so he knows how to keep a reader's attention. This book covers everything from the great personal stories of the Locos, the facinating societal commentary on the Tarahumara, all the science supporting his stories and everyone else's claims and a ear for telling a great story. I couldn't put this book down even when I tried. It was so well written, so well crafted that I recommend it to everyone I know. Even if you're not a runner, you'll be inspired by the drive and passion that all the people chronicled have. I was floored by the power the women had and the strength they showed both on and off the trails. I love this book. It makes me want to run with the joy they felt while running their races. It makes me want to find that place in myself that is serene. Read this book!
Right about 4 days ago, I was in a bookstore contemplating between the Ultra-Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes and Born To Run. It was a tough choice really. Took me an hour before I ended up picking Born To Run and hell did I not regret my decision to purchase this book! It had been awhile since I've read something this good. What can I say? Once upon a time, I was pretty much a runner myself. I gave up running for body building in midst of all those debate about distance running that will burn off those hard earned muscles and effort in the gym. I used to love running and Born To Run reminded me how it felt like years back when I couldn't live a day without clocking some miles. I was going though some tough time when I picked running; as Born to Run would put it, I was running away from the troubles I was facing. This book wasn't some memoir of some self-indulging runner nor was it a self-praising book of a particular individual. The story was so good that it kept me glued to the book and through each page I just couldn't stop that urge to head out and go for a run. When I finished the final page of the book, I came on my laptop.. share my thoughts on this amazing book in hope that people will pick up this book and find that there is a runner in each of us. I miss that feeling of that soft wind against my face; that freedom you feel when you run; that strength you didn't know you had when
your legs is failing and will power alone drives you further and further towards that destination; that fun; that thrill. Time for me to go out and hit the road. Read this book and I will be surprised if you're not inspired to run.
This book reminded me why I chose to major in Anthropology, and am still somewhat regretful I didn't manage to make a career of it. Maybe one day. Anyhow, I first heard about this book on NPR and kept forgetting about it and then remembering it, and finally decided to read it. I loved it much more than I thought it would, despite the occasionally irritating, over-casual writing style. I was pleasantly surprised by the section roughly three quarters of the way in that went into depth on the physical anthropology of running. It was so fascinating, I stayed up to keep reading despite not knowing how long the baby would sleep for. I wasn't as enthralled by the play-by-play accounts of the various ultra races, and would have liked more of the cultural and physical anthropology, but realize that probably would have narrowed the audience for the book considerably. (Most people probably don't find skull morphology of Australopithicus and Homo Erectus as fascinating as I do.) At any rate, this was a great, easy and fun summer read.
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