View Full Version : Born To Run.....

Darryl Shaw
04-24-2009, 06:54 AM
... A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall.

I only bought my copy yesterday so I haven't started reading it yet but having flicked through it and read a few bits at random it looks like being an essential read for any serious runners.

Here's Amazon.com's product description-

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, 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.

Duke McCall
04-24-2009, 01:31 PM
Sounds cool. Are you going to write a book report? :)

Garrett Smith
04-24-2009, 01:44 PM
I just saw this article from him...

Darryl Shaw
09-09-2010, 03:50 AM
There was a discussion of Born to Run on Feb. 17, 2010 on the pcrm.org doctors forum if anyone's interested. I haven't had time to listen to it myself yet so apologies if it turns out to be garbage.


Brian Stone
09-09-2010, 04:35 AM
I read it a few months ago. Highly recommended read. Informative, inspiring and well-written.

Steve Shafley
09-09-2010, 09:13 AM
I listened to the audio book. Very good.

John Utter
09-22-2010, 11:36 AM
I read it a few months ago. Highly recommended read. Informative, inspiring and well-written.

Likewise. This was a solid read and fed my passion for long distance. I strongly recommend it as well.
Understandably, I ran an extra few miles for my regimen the day after finishing this.

Yael Grauer
09-22-2010, 07:37 PM
I don't run at all but thought it was a fun read.