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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Review: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

First and foremost, I must say that a couple people told me that this book was boring at that it would start out slow and I wouldn't like it at first. This made me dread reading it, but as it turned out, it was truly a page turner from the first page. I loved every bit of it, and didn't find any of it boring at all. I've wondered if I'm more into sociology or travel and that is the difference? Who knows.

I first discovered Born to Run while half asleep one night. We were in bed, but the television was on and tuned to The Daily Show. I heard someone talking about running and I was suddenly listening (as is what happens when someone mentions running), and very interested. Who is this guy? What is he talking about? I must get this book!! Here's the interview with Jon Stewart:

As the author explains in the interview, the book is about the Tarahumara Tribe in Mexico. They run and run and run, all the time, just for fun. They run amazing distances. They run barefoot on trails. They are truly amazing, and it was fascinating to read about their culture, and what happened when a few crazy American Ultramarathoners decided to run a race with them.

Beyond the story of the Tarahumara, though, what I loved about this book was that it gave me permission to run. It's called "Born to Run" for a reason. How many people have told you before that you shouldn't run? How many people have told you that you'll hurt your knees? How many people have mentioned to you that running is not healthy, and that it's not natural for a human being to run 26.2 miles? Well, this book offers proof that human beings were in fact meant to be endurance runners. As it turns out, everything about us is meant to help us run. That truly was my favorite part of this book.

The book is also a testament to barefoot running. After trying barefoot myself, and giving it some thought, I know it's not for me. I don't get the types of injuries that barefoot running is meant to solve. However, if I did end up with those injuries in the future, I would consider barefoot running a viable alternative to solve them.

Long story short, read this book. If you're a runner, it will inspire you and make you feel good inside. If you're not a runner, it is still of interest and just plain fascinating, in my opinion. Give it a read!

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marathonmaiden said...

i liked the book too although i have no intention of jumping ship to barefoot/minimalist running anytime soon. definitely a good read!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

If this book doesn't make you want to at least TRY barefoot running, I don't know what would. I'm going to work some barefoot into my training, if it ever gets warm here in Chicagoland. Great book review!

onelittletrigirl said...

I cannot wait to read this book as it has been sitting on my desk forver now and I haven't gotten around to it yet. However, I have no desire to ever run barefoot.

Lindsay said...

I will have to read this book, Thanks for the review.

Trish said...

Sweet. I've been wondering about this book. I'm thinkin' I'll have to check it out!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I looooved this book. I don't know why but it just struck a chord with me and really made me want to run

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