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The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.

An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
 
Isolated by Mexico''s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

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"A tale so mind-blowing as to be the stuff of legend." —The Denver Post

"McDougall''s book reminded me of why I love to run." —Bill Rodgers, San Francisco Chronicle

"Fascinating. . . . Thrilling. . . . An operatic ode to the joys of running." —The Washington Post
 
“It’s a great book. . . . A really gripping read. . . .Unbelievable story . . . a really phenomenal book.” —Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

"One of the most entertaining running books ever." —Amby Burfoot, Runnersworld.com
 
“Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history. . . . [McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down. . . . The climactic race reads like a sprint. . . . It simply makes you want to run.” —Outside Magazine
 
“McDougall recounts his quest to understand near superhuman ultra-runners with adrenaline pumped writing, humor and a distinct voice...he never lets go from his impassioned mantra that humans were born to run.” —NPR
 
Born to Run is a fascinating and inspiring true adventure story, based on humans pushing themselves to the limits. It’s destined to become a classic.”–Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author of Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know
 
“Equal parts hilarity, explanation and earnestness—whisks the reader along on a compelling dash to the end, and along the way captures the sheer joy that a brisk run brings.” —Science News
 
Born to Run is funny, insightful, captivating, and a great and beautiful discovery.” —Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica
 
“A page-turner, taking the reader on an epic journey in search of the world’s greatest distance runners in an effort to uncover the secrets of their endurance.” —The Durango Herald
 
“Driven by an intense yet subtle curiosity, Christopher McDougall gamely treads across the continent to pierce the soul and science of long-distance running.”—Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers

About the Author

Christopher McDougall is the author of  Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance.  He began his career as an overseas correspondent for the Associated Press, covering wars in Rwanda and Angola. He now lives and writes (and runs, swims, climbs, and bear-crawls) among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.

Christopher McDougall is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Random House Speakers Bureau at rhspeakers@randomhouse.com or visit www.rhspeakers.com.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

To live with ghosts requires solitude.
—Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces

FOR DAYS, I’d been searching Mexico’s Sierra Madre for the phantom known as Caballo Blanco—the White Horse. I’d finally arrived at the end of the trail, in the last place I expected to find him—not deep in the wilderness he was said to haunt, but in the dim lobby of an old hotel on the edge of a dusty desert town. “Sí, El Caballo está,” the desk clerk said, nodding. Yes, the Horse is here.

“For real?” After hearing that I’d just missed him so many times, in so many bizarre locations, I’d begun to suspect that Caballo Blanco was nothing more than a fairy tale, a local Loch Ness mons - truo dreamed up to spook the kids and fool gullible gringos.

“He’s always back by five,” the clerk added. “It’s like a ritual.” I didn’t know whether to hug her in relief or high- five her in triumph. I checked my watch. That meant I’d actually lay eyes on the ghost in less than . . . hang on.

“But it’s already after six.”

The clerk shrugged. “Maybe he’s gone away.”

I sagged into an ancient sofa. I was filthy, famished, and defeated. I was exhausted, and so were my leads.

Some said Caballo Blanco was a fugitive; others heard he was a boxer who’d run off to punish himself after beating a man to death in the ring. No one knew his name, or age, or where he was from. He was like some Old West gunslinger whose only traces were tall tales and a whiff of cigarillo smoke. Descriptions and sightings were all over the map; villagers who lived impossible distances apart swore they’d seen him traveling on foot on the same day, and described him on a scale that swung wildly from “funny and simpático” to “freaky and gigantic.”

But in all versions of the Caballo Blanco legend, certain basic details were always the same: He’d come to Mexico years ago and trekked deep into the wild, impenetrable Barrancas del Cobre—the Copper Canyons—to live among the Tarahumara, a near- mythical tribe of Stone Age superathletes. The Tarahumara (pronounced Spanish- style by swallowing the “h”: Tara- oo- mara) may be the healthiest and most serene people on earth, and the greatest runners of all time.

When it comes to ultradistances, nothing can beat a Tarahumara runner—not a racehorse, not a cheetah, not an Olympic marathoner.

Very few outsiders have ever seen the Tarahumara in action, but amazing stories of their superhuman toughness and tranquillity have drifted out of the canyons for centuries. One explorer swore he saw a Tarahumara catch a deer with his bare hands, chasing the bounding animal until it finally dropped dead from exhaustion, “its hoofs falling off.” Another adventurer spent ten hours climbing up and over a Copper Canyon mountain by mule; a Tarahumara runner made the same trip in ninety minutes.

“Try this,” a Tarahumara woman once told an exhausted explorer who’d collapsed at the base of a mountain. She handed him a gourd full of a murky liquid. He swallowed a few gulps, and was amazed to feel new energy pulsing in his veins. He got to his feet and scaled the peak like an overcaffeinated Sherpa. The Tarahumara, the explorer would later report, also guarded the recipe to a special energy food that leaves them trim, powerful, and unstoppable: a few mouthfuls packed enough nutritional punch to let them run all day without rest.

But whatever secrets the Tarahumara are hiding, they’ve hidden them well. To this day, the Tarahumara live in the side of cliffs higher than a hawk’s nest in a land few have ever seen. The Barrancas are a lost world in the most remote wilderness in North America, a sort of a shorebound Bermuda Triangle known for swallowing the misfits and desperadoes who stray inside. Lots of bad things can happen down there, and probably will; survive the man- eating jaguars, deadly snakes, and blistering heat, and you’ve still got to deal with “canyon fever,” a potentially fatal freak- out brought on by the Barrancas’ desolate eeriness. The deeper you penetrate into the Barrancas, the more it feels like a crypt sliding shut around you. The walls tighten, shadows spread, phantom echoes whisper; every route out seems to end in sheer rock. Lost prospectors would be gripped by such madness and despair, they’d slash their own throats or hurl themselves off cliffs. Little surprise that few strangers have ever seen the Tarahumara’s homeland—let alone the Tarahumara.

But somehow the White Horse had made his way to the depths of the Barrancas. And there, it’s said, he was adopted by the Tarahumara as a friend and kindred spirit; a ghost among ghosts. He’d certainly mastered two Tarahumara skills—invisibility and extraordinary endurance—because even though he was spotted all over the canyons, no one seemed to know where he lived or when he might appear next. If anyone could translate the ancient secrets of the Tarahumara, I was told, it was this lone wanderer of the High Sierras.

I’d become so obsessed with finding Caballo Blanco that as I dozed on the hotel sofa, I could even imagine the sound of his voice.

“Probably like Yogi Bear ordering burritos at Taco Bell,” I mused. A guy like that, a wanderer who’d go anywhere but fit in nowhere, must live inside his own head and rarely hear his own voice. He’d make weird jokes and crack himself up. He’d have a booming laugh and atrocious Spanish. He’d be loud and chatty and . . . and . . .

Wait. I was hearing him. My eyes popped open to see a dusty cadaver in a tattered straw hat bantering with the desk clerk. Trail dust streaked his gaunt face like fading war paint, and the shocks of sun- bleached hair sticking out from under the hat could have been trimmed with a hunting knife. He looked like a castaway on a desert island, even to the way he seemed hungry for conversation with the bored clerk.

“Caballo?” I croaked.

The cadaver turned, smiling, and I felt like an idiot. He didn’t look wary; he looked confused, as any tourist would when confronted by a deranged man on a sofa suddenly hollering “Horse!”

This wasn’t Caballo. There was no Caballo. The whole thing was a hoax, and I’d fallen for it.

Then the cadaver spoke. “You know me?”

“Man!” I exploded, scrambling to my feet. “Am I glad to see you!”

The smile vanished. The cadaver’s eyes darted toward the door, making it clear that in another second, he would as well.

It all began with a simple question that no one in the world could answer.

That five-word puzzle led me to a photo of a very fast man in a very short skirt, and from there it only got stranger. Soon, I was dealing with a murder, drug guerrillas and a one-armed man with a cream-cheese cup strapped to his head. I met a beautiful, blonde forest ranger who slipped out of her clothes and found salvation by running naked in the Idaho forests, and a young surf babe in pigtails who ran straight toward her death in the desert. A talented young runner would die. Two others would barely escape with their lives.

I kept looking, and stumbled across the Barefoot Batman ... Naked Guy … Kalahari Bushmen ... the Toenail Amputee... a cult devoted to distance running and sex parties ... the Wild Man of the Blue Ridge Mountains ... and ultimately, the ancient tribe of the Tarahumara and their shadowy disciple, Caballo Blanco.

In the end, I got my answer, but only after I found myself in the middle of the greatest race the world would never see: the Ultimate Fighting Competition of footraces, an underground showdown pitting some of the best ultra-distance runners of our time against the best ultrarunners of all time, in a 50-mile race on hidden trails only Tarahumara feet had ever touched. I’d be startled to discover that the ancient saying of the Tao Te Ching — “The best runner leaves no trace” — wasn’t some gossamer koan, but real, concrete, how-to, training advice.

And all because in January, 2001, I asked my doctor this:

“How come my foot hurts?”

I’d gone to see one of the top sports-medicine specialists in the country because an invisible ice-pick was driving straight up through the sole of my foot. The week before, I’d been out for an easy, three-mile jog on a snowy farm road when I suddenly whinnied in pain, grabbing my right foot and screaming curses as I toppled over in the snow. When I got a grip on myself, I checked to see how badly I was bleeding. I must have impaled my foot on a sharp rock, I figured, or an old nail wedged in the ice. But there wasn’t a drop of blood, or even a hole in my shoe.

“Running is your problem,” Dr. Joe Torg confirmed when I limped into his Philadelphia examining room a few days later. He should know; Dr. Torg had not only helped create the entire field of sports medicine, but he also co-authored The Running Athlete, the definitive radiographic analysis of every conceivable running injury. He ran me through an X-Ray and watched me hobble around, then determined I’d aggravated my cuboid, a cluster of bones parallel to the arch which I hadn’t even known existed until it re-engineered itself into an internal Taser.

“But I’m barely running at all,” I said. “I’m doing, like, two or three miles every other day. And not even on asphalt. Mostly dirt roads.”

Didn’t matter. “The human body is not designed for that kind of abuse,” Dr. Torg replied.

But why? Antelope don’t get shin splints. Wolves don’t ice-pack their knees. I doubt that 80% of all wild mustangs are annually disabled with impact injuries. It reminded me of a proverb attributed to Roger Bannister, who, while simultaneously studying medicine, working as a clinical researcher and minting pithy parables, became the first man to break the 4-minute mile: "Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up,” Bannister said. “It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn''t matter whether you''re a lion or a gazelle - when the sun comes up, you''d better be running."

So why should every other mammal on the planet be able to depend on its legs except us? Come to think of it, how could a guy like Bannister charge out of the lab every day, pound around a hard cinder track in thin leather slippers, and not only get faster, but never get hurt? How come some of us can be out there running all lion-like and Bannister-ish every morning when the sun comes up, while the rest of us need a fistful of Ibuprofen before we can put our feet on the floor?

But maybe there was a path back in time, a way to flip the internal switch that changes us all back into the Natural Born Runners we once were. Not just in history, but in our own lifetimes. Remember? Back when you were a kid and you had to be yelled at to slow down? Every game you played, you played at top-speed, sprinting like crazy as you kicked cans, freed-all and attacked jungle outposts in your neighbors’ backyards. Half the fun of doing anything was doing it at record pace, making it probably the last time in your life you’d ever be hassled for going too fast.

That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation. Way before we were scratching pictures on caves or beating rhythms on hollow trees, we were perfecting the art of combining our breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild terrain. And when our ancestors finally did make their first cave paintings, what were the first designs? A downward slash, lightning bolts through the bottom and middle — behold, the Running Man.

Distance running was revered because it was indispensable; it was the way we survived and thrived and spread across the planet. You ran to eat and to avoid being eaten; you ran to find a mate and impress her, and with her you ran off to start a new life together. You had to love running, or you wouldn’t live to love anything else. And like everything else we love — everything we sentimentally call our “passions” and “desires” — it’s really an encoded ancestral necessity. We were born to run; we were born because we run. We’re all Running People, as the Tarahumara have always known.

Soon, I was setting off in search of the lost tribe of the Tarahumara and Caballo Blanco -- who, I would discover, had a secret mission of his own.

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Amazingly poignant
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2018
Reading this book made me want to weep. Not because it was sad but because finally I could read something that really touched my soul. I am a newbie at running. I have only until quite recently taken up running as one of my more favorite activities. Running the miles helped... See more
Reading this book made me want to weep. Not because it was sad but because finally I could read something that really touched my soul. I am a newbie at running. I have only until quite recently taken up running as one of my more favorite activities. Running the miles helped to give me perspective. Much needed perspective from my failed relationship with the love of my life, from close friends that I have lost because of that failed relationship, then having to feel that I have lost my mind and myself along the way, and dealing with other not so palatable people in my life. It seemed like the only time that I could be free was when I ran. So you have to forgive me when I say that reading about how running brings out the best in humanity and how we connect when we go back to our true selves and truly be kind and compassionate, really really spoke to me. Somehow I always knew that this is the truth and that to read the words saying so made me profoundly happy. Aside from the humanity aspects, the book is beautifully written with good grace, wisdom and humor, not to mention the amount of research and thought that have been poured into this book. Thank you for writing this. I need to reread it again.
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This book positively helped make my life permanently better!
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2019
Although I''m not an avid runner by any means, nor have I really ever been, I found this book to be a great read. It''s an engrossing, entertaining, and well written story about the author''s boldly persistent adventures during an unwavering quest for elusive answers to... See more
Although I''m not an avid runner by any means, nor have I really ever been, I found this book to be a great read. It''s an engrossing, entertaining, and well written story about the author''s boldly persistent adventures during an unwavering quest for elusive answers to perplexing questions.
And, as any great read might do it allowed me to feel connected, however remotely, to interesting peoples; and exotic places I probably wouldn''t''ve ever been able to imagine existed no matter how many more years I might live.
More importantly, to me personally; it was what made me aware of: the existence and potential benefits of minimalist footwear; and, the absurdity of the school of thought that would have us believe nature''s evolutionary design success with the human foot can be vastly improved by a plethora of modern footwear gimmickry. And lastly, how transitioning back to nature''s time-tested, time-proven way (barefoot) might actually reset one''s ambulatory infrastructure to where it''s meant to be in the first place — the place it took a significant long two million years or so to leisurely perfect on its own.
In fact: the wealth of somewhat esoteric information in this book proved to be an unparalleled revelation which provided me with fresh insights fundamental to my particular set of circumstances at that time.
The key reason being; that although I''ve never actually suffered from plantar fasciitis or related knee injuries; as a teenager I was thrown off a galloping horse that stopped abruptly, and I landed on a fallen tree in a mountain wilderness area; sustaining multiple, grievous internal injuries due to the ensuing trauma. One of the worst, besides being diagnosed with hypogycemia and hypoadrenocorticism [aka secondary adrenal insufficiency], was a herniated lumbar disc which I''ve painfully had to deal with for most of my adult life. Walking, running, and sometimes even just standing at some kind of work-station or another has at times caused me severe and disabling lumbar spasms.
The point is, after reading about the Tarahumara and the running-shoe industry; I decided to purchase a pair of zero-drop shoes (aka foot-gloves) and soon started the transition period. Walking for an hour or so each day to start with and slowly increasing the time as quickly as I deemed prudent.
After about three months I was up to ten miles a day (on a good day) and felt the physical transition to be mostly complete at that time.
It was then I tossed my expensive running shoes into the trash; along with my very expensive shoe orthotic inserts; and have never looked back. It''s been about six years now since my last visit to an Osteopath or Chiropractor (yeah, for real!).
Astonishingly, other than some recent lower back pain from sleeping on a soft, worn-out mattress my bad disc has mostly been behaving its otherwise typically fickle-self for almost every day of those six years.
Nor am I flatfooted by any means either! My arches have remained as healthily high, and every bit as strong (probably much stronger) as they ever were, and this without any arch-support whatsoever thank you very much.
Neither am I otherwise suffering from any other sort of chronic foot/knee pain, even though I frequently walk for miles at a time (love walking now more than ever); and even jog a bit on occasion.
And although I still prefer my bicycle for serious "endorphin hunting" (the only thing I''ve ever been hopelessly addicted to in my entire life); walking/jogging now feel decidedly better than they did with typical athletic-type shoes before transitioning. Indeed, this totally sordid business of genuinely needing arch-supports in modern shoes seems like an enormously cruel joke to me now. To be clear: the irony here being that apparently, the exact reasons I perceived requiring their dubious benefits in the first place; were primarily due to the fact (lumbar disc issues aside) that the footwear I''ve been beguiled into enduring most of my life was indeed the biggest, most pernicious joke of all!

To conclude: after delving into Christopher McDougall''s Born to Run for the second time this decade, one of my takeaways is that; it''s not just a book for runners, elite or otherwise. It''s also an entertaining book for the open-minded everyman with an adventurous spirit.
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Great read, totally motivating
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
I have never in my life been interested in being a runner. I struggled with the mile in school, and assumed that any more than that was impossible for me to achieve. I only read this book because my boyfriend and his family all enjoy running and they suggested it as a book... See more
I have never in my life been interested in being a runner. I struggled with the mile in school, and assumed that any more than that was impossible for me to achieve. I only read this book because my boyfriend and his family all enjoy running and they suggested it as a book that might pique my interest-- they were totally right. After starting this book I started to run regularly and I even got into the habit of reading a chapter right before I hit the trails each day. It really does a great job of filling you with the feeling that humans are meant to run, and that running fills you with a joy that you cannot find elsewhere. I am sad that it is over and make a point to recommend it to anyone I know who might be slightly curious about running, so if you''re here, I recommend it to you!
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Betsy B.
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the quirky people the author meets along his journey to better understand ultra running
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2018
I am not a runner. I have never been a runner and doubt I ever will be. But if, at 72 years old, I ever decide to become one, it will be because I read this book. This book is fascinating with its descriptions of the running tribes of Mexico, the quirky people the author... See more
I am not a runner. I have never been a runner and doubt I ever will be. But if, at 72 years old, I ever decide to become one, it will be because I read this book. This book is fascinating with its descriptions of the running tribes of Mexico, the quirky people the author meets along his journey to better understand ultra running, the discussions of how “better” running equipment hurts runners, and the description of the exciting race that is the conclusion of the book. I didn’t expect to really like the book, but ended up loving it. I have already recommended it to my book club.
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Gilbert O.
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Great book!!! Inspiring!!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018
I am not a runner but that will be changing soon. I could not put this book down once I started. At the age of 60, I am going through a renaissance of sorts. As an avid cyclist in the mid 80’s I would experience a surreal sense of bliss on long training rides and I long for... See more
I am not a runner but that will be changing soon. I could not put this book down once I started. At the age of 60, I am going through a renaissance of sorts. As an avid cyclist in the mid 80’s I would experience a surreal sense of bliss on long training rides and I long for that again. Briefly I dabbled in running then too and had the same experience. Fast forward 30 years and with a renewed interest in optimal health as I age, recent weight loss and lifestyle change is stirring that hunger again for feeling connected. While I will never be an ultra marathon athlete , I will aspire to apply similar discipline along with hard work and inspiration to find joy in my athletic quest as in my daily life. Highly recommend, great storytelling that will interest runner and non runner alike.
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Jeffrey S Baumann
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... read a book around the topic of running and enjoy it, but this has turned into one of ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2016
To be honest I never thought that I would ever believe that I could read a book around the topic of running and enjoy it, but this has turned into one of my all time favorite books and changed the way I think about running. Distance running is the fountain of youth (if... See more
To be honest I never thought that I would ever believe that I could read a book around the topic of running and enjoy it, but this has turned into one of my all time favorite books and changed the way I think about running.
Distance running is the fountain of youth (if done correctly), and this book both inspires you to run and gives you tips on how to run without hurting your body.
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Menoc
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Amazing story, I''m glad i read it
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2018
Great story. I am not a runner but do train for other outdoor activities. I now have a completely different understanding of ultra marathon runners and what it takes to love what you do, to be great at it. There are people out there who truly love what they do while driving... See more
Great story. I am not a runner but do train for other outdoor activities. I now have a completely different understanding of ultra marathon runners and what it takes to love what you do, to be great at it. There are people out there who truly love what they do while driving their bodies to complete exhaustion to the point of it being almost dangerous to their health. I had no idea what to expect going into this book other than someone telling me "I should read it". It''s not a hard read and I really wanted to know what happened next with each character in the book. It moves along nicely and I am impressed with the author''s ability to keep you interested. It''s not about finishing or beating your best time. It''s about loving what you do, while you''re doing it.
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Matthew Johnson
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This book radically changed my life!!! Running is actually FUN!!!
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2020
I threw my running shoes in the trash after reading this book. I''ve had pain & issues with my feet and running my entire life; I could never run more than 1-2 miles before having to stop because of the excruciating pain. I hated running with a passion and believed, like... See more
I threw my running shoes in the trash after reading this book. I''ve had pain & issues with my feet and running my entire life; I could never run more than 1-2 miles before having to stop because of the excruciating pain. I hated running with a passion and believed, like most people, that I just wasn''t built for running. 6 weeks after I threw away the running shoes, I finished 3rd place in my first 1/2 marathon, sprinting across the finish line with a smile on my face!
I run a minimum of 5 miles per day now, I''m leaner and stronger than I''ve ever been, I have no pain and I actually enjoy it, and that''s not even mentioning the improvements in my mental health, relationships, and overall attitude towards life. (I sometimes wear Vibram Five Fingers or Xero sandals on rough terrain, but usually I just go straight barefoot). I''m already signed up for 2 upcoming full marathons, and I''ll be competing in the Caballo Blanco 50 mile race in 2022 (since Covid kinda screwed things up for this year).
EVERY ONE OF US really are designed to run, every single day.
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Mr. N. Curran
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One of the best books I''ve ever read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 2, 2019
I was expecting a basic book about running and fitness not an epic tale of the history of the tribe featured in the book. Stories about the history of the region. The history of ultra races and all the characters who are involved in that crazy sport and the science of...See more
I was expecting a basic book about running and fitness not an epic tale of the history of the tribe featured in the book. Stories about the history of the region. The history of ultra races and all the characters who are involved in that crazy sport and the science of barefoot running the human foot and history of modern day shoes that seem to be the cause of injuries. That with a running tale of trying to set up this once in a lifetime race that the author of the book is taking part in, in a dangerous part of the Mexican Jungle where people disappear or are murdered by cartels on a regular basis. All these separate tales and told and connect together so seamlessly it reads like a high end thriller. Honestly one of the best books I''ve ever read. I didn''t really know what to expect when I bought this but my god can Christopher Mcdougall write. Highly recommended.
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James
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One of the best books I''ve ever read!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2020
Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. If not the best it''s within the top 5. I''ve recently taken up running (properly) and this book spurred me on and inspired me deeply. It''s a wonderful tale of many micro stories wrapped together wonderfully well....See more
Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. If not the best it''s within the top 5. I''ve recently taken up running (properly) and this book spurred me on and inspired me deeply. It''s a wonderful tale of many micro stories wrapped together wonderfully well. Educational too! (And by the way my other top books are Gut -Gulia Ender''s; The Shadow of the Wind - Carl Rus Zaffon; Revelations - Jonny Daws. Mans Search for Meaning -Viktor Frankl. So it''s not like I''m a running reading fanatic.) It was recommended to me by at least 4 different people before I picked it up. Read it! If this review is useful please click to confirm that (and encourage me to write more). Thanks
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Jack a Roe
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A must read for runners and non-runners alike
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2017
Wow! Chris McDougall has written a fantastic book about scientific and spiritual discovery, running and life. As a relatively new runner I came to this book via Chris''s youtube posts and ted talk. I had no idea what is was about. i can see why it is a bestseller. This is a...See more
Wow! Chris McDougall has written a fantastic book about scientific and spiritual discovery, running and life. As a relatively new runner I came to this book via Chris''s youtube posts and ted talk. I had no idea what is was about. i can see why it is a bestseller. This is a great mix of yarn spinning and the history of human running. The research and scientific discoveries are presented in a very consumable and entertaining way. The book just makes you want to ditch the garmin, the £100 trainers and the rest of the kit we as runners consider indispensable nowadays and just get out there wearing nothing but a smile.
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A.S. Pants
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One of the worst written books I''ve read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 10, 2021
The subject matter could have been quite interesting if there had been much much more on the Tarahumara and a lot less on various US long distance runners that not even the over-blown hype could conceal would have been pretty uninteresting people to spend an evening with....See more
The subject matter could have been quite interesting if there had been much much more on the Tarahumara and a lot less on various US long distance runners that not even the over-blown hype could conceal would have been pretty uninteresting people to spend an evening with. However, my real criticism is how bad the writing is. The excitable language and the pretentious adjectives, metaphors, similes etc make the book very difficult to follow. They repel rather than draw one in. This author apparently writes for a living, which means he has even less excuse.
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Przyczajony Ichneumon
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Unexpectedly good!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2018
Fascinating book! The story of many great runners, most of them forgotten, all of them could run very long distances... Ultra-marathons in absolutely horrific terrain and conditions. There is so much good stuff in this book, I will not spoil the details. Apart from ancient...See more
Fascinating book! The story of many great runners, most of them forgotten, all of them could run very long distances... Ultra-marathons in absolutely horrific terrain and conditions. There is so much good stuff in this book, I will not spoil the details. Apart from ancient tribes mentioned on the cover, there are run aways, challengers, hunters and even world famous scientists discovering how running played critical part in survival of many species, and how homo sapiens are superior in this regard. Running techniques to avoid injuries are broadly discussed in this book as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially non-runners. It''s an easy read, stories are really absorbing, and you will definitely learn few things from it. I would be very surprised if anybody didn''t start running after reading this book.
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