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, ...Read MoreFull 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. From the Hardcover edition.Read Less
This is a great book for anyone interested in running, but also for the story of the Tarahumara Indians.
Dec 8, 2011
A Running Classic
This book was a hardciver bestseller for nearly two year and it's not hard to see why. It's written with a joyous energy and enthusiasm that you don't often see these days. Even though the book doesn't follow a strict linear timeline, that won't obstruct the reader's enjoyment. Along the way, you'll learn about the science of running, why ultramarathoners can just keep going and going and many other useful bits of information. You feel like going for a run even if you're not a runner when you finish it.
Jul 16, 2010
Great story, well written. I read it 6 months ago and am now on the verge of running my first marathon!
Apr 22, 2010
Very motivational and a page turner....you can't stop reading it.
Oct 29, 2009
Great title, but -
reads like a collection of magazine articles, not a book. It did contain some interesting thoughts and observations but not worth the hours one spends reading a book.
It would have been helpful to have a map of Cooper Canyon, Mexico instead of a myriad of descriptions. Same goes for the sandals the locals ran in... I had google for a picture to see what these were all about. ho-hum.
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