Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Born to Run

By Christopher McDougall

  • Release Date: 2010-12-09
  • Genre: Extreme Sports
Score: 4.5
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Description

At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe's secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long.

With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.

Reviews

  • Worth a read

    5
    By Kama Rama Llama
    An interesting tale of personal transformation interwoven with science, research, history and culture. Worth the time if you are at all interested any of the above, or running.
  • Informative book

    5
    By 99G
    Basically tells the history of the West re-discovering barefoot running. Very helpful information and well written.
  • Excellent book

    5
    By Willow2004
    I'm an avid runner, and as so happens, evolutionary biologist. This book left me wanting more - and that's the best compliment in my eyes for a book. Excellent storying telling and particularly loved the authors various digressions throughout. Rates as probably the best running book I've read, along with "Running with the Kenyans".
  • Born to Run

    5
    By RLS13
    I loved this book. It was inspiring, entertaining and gave fascinating insight into a world I had no idea existed.
  • Must read

    5
    By ijasp
    It's not about only running but a lot more...
  • Amazing and inspiring

    5
    By Lelierabbit
    Such an amazing book, well written with a fantastic story and solid information. Changes the way you think about the human body.... Loved it.
  • If you want to live .. Read this book

    5
    By epbarton
    This book is more than running. It's about life, well being, diet and some great characters. I am so glad I have read this.
  • Born to Run

    5
    By Amanda Shipway
    Loved it!
  • Born to run

    4
    By Bec burrell
    Fantastic book. Captures the beauty an essence of running perfectly. As i was reading i could feel the rocks of the trails under my feet, the heat of the sun against my skin, and the feeling of freedom and lightness that running instills in me, and as this book illustrates, so many others.

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