Born to Run

Born to Run

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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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...
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781415963999

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Sep 08, 2012

I really liked this book, and it has changed me, and my feet. The book makes an argument in favour of running (or moving) in bare feet or in minimalist footwear, and it convinced me and many others, and is part of the inspiration for the bare foot running movement. It also speaks with great eloquence about the business of supplying ever more cushioned and structured running shoes, and how that came to be big business. It's eye-opening how we can make an assumption that something is good for our feet and never question it until someone pops up and says, "Is that assumption true?" I've worn orthotics and thick-soled running shoes for 40 years, and kept looking for better orthotics and thicker shoes, because my feet still hurt. Now I'm experimenting with barefoot/minimalist, and so far the results are exciting. When I walk barefoot at home, I can stretch and exercise my feet, and I have better balance. And I *don't* have the kind of pain I expected. A revelation, and an interesting read.

Aug 13, 2012

As far as audiobooks go, it was above average. Interesting facts about running intermixed with a tail about ultramarathons. Won't be running any in the near future - yuck!

Mar 16, 2012

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall is fun, energetic and will certainly make you question almost everything you thought you knew about running. The frame of the story is based around a hidden Mexican tribe living in the Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyons) in the southwestern Mexican state of Chihuahua. The tribe is extremely isolationist and also one of the few remaining indigenous peoples who happen to be exceptional athletic runners. This is apparently due to their earthly living habits and hunting needs. Per the title, the book makes the case for why the skill of running might be a part of our human genetic makeup, and it's a convincing argument.

Born to Run is also a lengthy primer on the sport of ultra-running, which is running distances longer than a marathon. Sometimes it's competitive and often the total mileage is between fifty and a hundred miles. I've never heard of this kind of running, and I still can't imagine anyone running that far.

If you enjoy running at any level, then this book is for you. It's a love letter to an activity that many approach as a kind of spiritual communion with being alive.


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