What a weird, wonderful true story Upon finishing this, I spent the better part of the day on YouTube, looking for any additional information I could find on the Tarahumara tribe, chia seeds, Caballo Blanco, Scott Jurek, Ann Trason, the Leadville Trail Race, running barefoot, persistence hunting, even the author Christopher McDougall It was everything I didn t know I needed to know about ultra running, why we run, and the legends in the sport The novel takes the reader on a wild and random trip, down multiple rabbit holes, all subjects equally fascinating and Google worthy The cast of characters are unforgettable runners party animals Jenn Shelton and Billy Barnett particularly Jenny were an absolute delight It culminates in one of the most interesting races Truly, I cannot recall the last time I read a book that I loved as much as this.
Should you think this book is for serious runners alone, please think again I am not by any means a runner I ran track in high school, but the runs I did were short, sweet, sprints After high school, I had a difficult time finding 200 yard dashes to race in, so I did a few 5k s I didn t love them much at all There was no way I was going to win a 5k, not ever The distance just sucked In retrospect, some training may have helped I looked at most distance runners as mentally ill something was wrong with those people They were running from something, I decided, maybe from being fat, or being sad, maybe running from addictions or desires Nuts All of them Maybe I 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 WrongIsolated By The ☆ read ↠´ Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall Î 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 WonderWith 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 Front Flap With its excessive hyperbole, convenient omissions, misleading statistics, logical inconsistencies and plain old errors, I stopped thinking about this book as actual journalism after fifty pages Trying to read it as a novel wasn t that satisfying either because the book reads like several magazine pieces glued together rather than one continuous work The personality profiles of Jenn and Billy and the screed against running shoes felt particularly extraneous However, the book has a fun core of semi mystical lost knowledge and its someone recently brainwashed to a weird secular cult tone made the book enjoyable.
You don t stop running because you get old you get old because you stop running.
After hearing my running friends rave about this book for years, I finally got around to reading it And now I owe them an apology, because I had gotten so sick of being preached at about chia seeds and running barefoot and vegetarianism and ultramarathons that I have been quietly rolling my eyes whenever anyone mentioned this friggin book But once I got into the story, all of my eye rolls stopped Sure, there were a few groans about McDougall s punchy, magazine writing style that doesn t always translate well to book form, but overall, this was an engrossing read It covers a motley cast of outdoorsy characters from America and Mexico, including the elite runners of the elusive Tarahumara Indian tribe, several incredible foot races, research on running and training methods, and there is even a captiva Painful as it was, I stayed with this until slightly past the halfway mark I kept hoping I might learn about the Tarahumara people, but it was not to be There s very little about the Tarahumara, and almost everything about a bunch of self absorbed, obsessive long distance runners I have no patience with extreme athletes They need to strive for some balance in their lives The sport is not everything I also got tired of the gee golly wow ain t it all just lipsmackingly wild and amazing reporting style A little objectivity and a lot less hipness, Mr McDougall.
✓ Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen ✓ This has to be one of my favorite books of the last few years It s non fiction, but it reads like a thrilling adventure, complete with a high octane conclusion, all with a bit of science thrown in It s a fantastic look at the sport of ultra distance running, but trust me when I say that once you start reading, it s impossible to put down.
While I am not a runner, I found this book to be quite engaging I can recommend it to anyone interested in running, indigenous peoples, or wacky characters This book is about long distance races over rugged, desert terrain It is about a hidden tribe, the Tarahumara, who live in the Copper Canyone area of the Sierra Madre, a remote, desert region in Mexico The tribe is very wary of strangers They speak their own native language They live in a rugged, wild country that takes days to reach Just getting there is dangerous, as it involves evading drug runners and rugged, roadless desert terrain It is a wonder that the tribe flourishes, because just getting from one village to another requires enormous athleticism and stamina But this seems to be no problem for the Tarahumara, many of whom are superathletes They frequently run enormous distances, over 100 miles, without a problem
I realise I m in minority here but I really didn t enjoy this book at all As a result of all the rave reviews I bought a copy for both myself and a friend we were both hugely disappointed.
The author, Christopher McDougall, is an American magazine correspondent and this perhaps goes someway to explain a lot of what I didn t like about the book To begin with, it is written in a totally omniscient manner, ie McDougall can see inside everyone s head This is excessive, continuous, and extends right across the board from events to which he was privy, through events to which he was not, on to imagined eureka moments of various research scientists In a similar manner, he describes events from the past, where he wasn t present, in a way he cl So I picked this book up, thinking it would be a cool story about this lost tribe of distance runners which it was but I got soooo much than I bargained for.
Yes, I did learn about the Tarahumara tribe, but I also learned about the biomechanics of running and how shoe manufacturers disregard runner safety in preference of turning a profit, ultramarathons and the hardcore runners who participate in them, the lawless culture of Copper Canyon, the nearly lost techniques of persistence hunting, the evolution of the human body, and on and on and on.
This is my all time favourite kind of book entertaining, sure, but chock full of information I ve never even thought about before I m kind of a geek I just love to learn new stuff I went into this thinking that it would probably be a pretty good book, but maybe best for super athletes, but nothing could be further from the truth This boo