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Random House

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Random House

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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  • Barefoot Running is the latest and hottest trend in running
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the quirky people the author meets along his journey to better understand ultra runningI 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.5From an ultramarathoner.Well written, insightful and appealing story that looks inside the human legacy of endurance training and physical achievement. Our ancestry developed and cherished survival skills that we have somehow morphed into a fringe culture and idiosyncratic sport: ultrarunning as an X-sport. Better to enhance our physical gifts and reach for the extreme than to reduce our biological skill-set to decrepitude under the influence of reality TV or social media... even if it sounds remote and difficult.4Great book!!! Inspiring!!!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.5This book positively helped make my life permanently better!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 who stopped abruptly; landed on a fallen tree in a mountain wilderness area; and sustained multiple, grievous, internal injuries due to the ensuing trauma. One of the worst being 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 could cause severe back-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.5Amazing story, I'm glad i read itGreat 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.5Great read, totally motivatingI 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!5... read a book around the topic of running and enjoy it, but this has turned into one of ...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.5If you're looking to change how you think about running and how you feel when you're running, look no further.My husband, a living gazelle, convinced me to read this book. I did so, begrudgingly, because I've never been much of a runner and didn't feel like suffering through another book that left me wondering why so many people seem to like running and I just don't. Well, I stand corrected. This book was amazing and I have not stopped talking about it since.First, Christopher McDougall's career as journalist serves the book well, helping him paint an incredibly vivid, engrossing story, rich with facts and characters that will keep you interested, even if you have no intention of lacing up your running shoes. Second, its focus on preventing injury by targeting form has helped me immensely. I found myself itching to get outside and give it all a try - to see if I, too, could enjoy the "moving meditation" that running provides for so many others without hurting myself. Here I am 10 weeks later, running up to 10 miles at a time for the very first time in my life, injury-free, and really enjoying it. When did I become one of "those" people?!If you're looking to change how you think about running and how you feel when you're running, look no further.5Amazingly poignantReading 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.5Refind the child-like joy of running and be inspired by this man's experienceWhat an interesting concept: that humans are born to run. I remember distinctly the thrill of running as a child - the love of the feel of the wind on my face, the sweet freedom of my feet pounding the pavement and then I hit my teen years and it became a punishment for not making a basket or for picking up a foul during a game. The joy was gone and therefore my desire to run died with that. I received this book, Born to Run, in exchange for my honest opinion.This book is a fascinating read about the journey of a man tying together the idea that we were born to run, training to run an ultra himself and studying a unique group of people who well into adulthood, maintain the sheer joy of the run, therefore producing the most prolific long-distance runners. While I was reading this, I found myself deeply engrossed in the story and wishing I could sit down with the author to really pick his brain and go down the rabbit hole with him about his experiences. I was inspired to commit myself to running again and to do so in a joyful way, without the toils and rules of running that we as a society place on it - but more so in a way to engage with myself while I move.It's almost like a novelized version of a motivational speech and one that I wish I could see in person! Wonderfully written, great tone and insightful.5
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