Born to Run

Based on a true story, follow Christopher McDougall as he ventures into the Copper Canyons of Mexico to answer one simple question: “Why does my foot hurt?”.

“Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration.  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.”

“Inspirational” is the one word that sums up this entire book.  Watching McDougall’s transformation from a typical, always injured runner into a competitor in a 100 mile race against the best in the world is thing of beauty.

“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.”

Born to Run briefly deviates from the core story (which is fantastic) to discuss two extremely interesting topics:

  • Barefoot Running / Modern Running Shoes:  High-tech science is used to describe, in extreme detail, why modern running shoes (for the most part) are causing more harm than good.  Human beings had been running for millions of years without Nikes right?  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!  :-)   After all… Born to Run is the book that started me on my journey to Vibram Five Fingers.
  • Running from an Evolutionary Standpoint:  For me, this was the most intriguing part of the book.  McDougall explains, through more science, how pivotal running was to our development as a species.  The fact that running is so deeply ingrained in our DNA made me feel more “connected” to running in a primal sense.  ;-)

The bottom line is that I highly recommend Born to Run and feel that it is a “must read” for any serious runner.  I’d love to hear opinions from everyone, even if you haven’t read the book!

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2 Responses to Born to Run

  1. Beth says:

    Jon, I am currently reading this book and so far have found a few chapters that I could have done without….but I am going to keep reading!

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