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

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Born to Run is the one of those books you just can't keep to yourself. In fact, it's probably the one title I've recommended more than any other in the last two years. It has a little bit of everything: adventure, travel, history, science, and sport, all wrapped up in a fun, quick-reading package. Trust me. After reading this book, you will not be able to stop talking about it.
Recommended by Shawn D., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, 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 worlds 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 Mexicos 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 also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

Review:

“Hugely entertaining....One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years.” The Irish Times

Review:

“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

Review:

“Compelling....Entertaining....[McDougall] uses an extended portrait of one of the world's least known cultures, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons, to put modern American running under an exacting magnifying glass.” San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

Born to Run is funny, insightful, captivating, and a great and beautiful discovery.” Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica

Review:

“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

Review:

“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

Review:

"One of the most entertaining running books ever." Amby Burfoot, Runnersworld.com

Review:

“It’s a great book....A really gripping read....Unbelievable story....a really phenomenal book.” Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

An inspiring memoir from ultrarunner Scott Jurek, star of Born to Run, covering his remarkable running career, fueled, surprisingly, by an entirely plant-based diet.

Synopsis:

and#8220;In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.and#8221;and#8212;Amby Burfoot, author of The Runnerand#8217;s Guide to the Meaning of Life

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant forceand#8212;and darlingand#8212;in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. Until recently he held the American 24-hour record and he was one of the elite runners profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run.

In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as a champion athlete with a plant-based diet and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, Scottand#8217;s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Full of stories of competition as well as science and practical adviceand#8212;including his own recipesand#8212;Eat and Run will motivate readers and expand their food horizons.

and#8220;Jurekand#8217;s story and ideas should easily manage to speak to and cheer on anyone seeking to live life as fully as possible.and#8221;and#8212;Denver Post

and#8220;A shockingly honest, revealing, and inspiring memoir.and#8221;and#8212;Trail Runner

About the Author

Christopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for the Associated Press and is now a contributing editor for Men's Health. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has written for Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, and New York. He does his own running among the Amish farms around his home in rural Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Prologueand#8195;xi

1. Somebodyand#8195;1

Badwater Ultramarathon, Death Valley, California, 2005

2. Sometimes You Just Do Thingsand#8195;10

Proctor, Minnesota, 1983

3. For My Own Goodand#8195;18

Caribou Lake Invitational, 1986

4. Iand#8217;d Rather Skiand#8195;27

To Adolph Store And Back, 1986

5. The Pride of the Cake Eatersand#8195;37

Running Aroundand#160;with Dusty, 1991and#8211;92

6. The Wisdom of Hippie Danand#8195;45

Theand#160;Minnesota Voyageurand#160;50-Miler, 1994

7. and#8220;Let the Pain Go Out Your Earsand#8221;and#8195;54

Theand#160;Minnesota Voyageurand#160;50-Miler, 1995; 1996

8. Attack of the Big Birdsand#8195;62

The Angeles Crest 100, CALIFORNIA, 1998

9. Silent Snow, Secret Snowand#8195;72

Training for the Western States 100, Minnesota, 1999

10. Dangerous Tuneand#8195;81

(More) Training for the Western Statesand#160;100, Seattle, 1999

11. and#8220;Are You Peeing?and#8221;and#8195;91

The Western States 100, California, 1999

12. Bug Boy Goes Downand#8195;104

The Western States 100, 2000, 2001

13. Of Bears and Gazellesand#8195;123

The Western States 100, 2002 AND 2003

14. Hot Timesand#8195;130

The Badwater Ultramarathon, Death Valley, California, 2005

15. These Guys Again?and#8195;142

The Copper Canyon, Mexico, 2005

16. No Good Deed Goes Unpunishedand#8195;154

The Western States 100, California, 2006

17. Hunted by the Wasatch Speedgoatand#8195;164

The Hardrock100, Silverton, Colorado, July 2007

18. The Photographer Who Wasnand#8217;t Thereand#8195;175

Spartathlon, Athens, Greece, September 2007

19. Lostand#8195;192

Duluth, Minnesota, 2010

20. One Step at a Timeand#8195;207

Slacking in Yosemite Valley, 2010

21. Back to My Rootsand#8195;215

The Tongo Trail, 2010

Epilogueand#8195;221

IAU World 24-Hour Championships, 2010

Acknowledgmentsand#8195;229

Race Historyand#8195;230

Notesand#8195;235

Indexand#8195;241

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Rao, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Rao)
Un-put-down-able!! This enthralling read took me through the fascinating story of brilliant minds, enduring bodies and the sheer joy of running. Humans are born to run, argues Chris McDougall. He backs this persuasive narrative with gripping scientific facts, jaw dropping endurance sport narratives and an inside look at the only and only Tarahumara tribe. Quite literally, I could feel the wind in my hair as I read this and did not want it to end! And end it did, in rousing finish line style as I could not help but cheer the runners tearfully. Masterpiece!
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kcaryl, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by kcaryl)
Amazing book. My husband had been trying to get me to read it for awhile and when I finally agreed to start it I couldn't put it down. It has changed my approach to running and I have handed this book to other runners I know.
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oldrx, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by oldrx)
Very interesting book. Maybe the new shoes with the toes really work. Or maybe we could just go barefoot.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307279187
Author:
McDougall, Christopher
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Jurek, Scott
Author:
Friedman, Steve
Subject:
Running & Jogging
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages b/w photos
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.58 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Born to Run is the one of those books you just can't keep to yourself. In fact, it's probably the one title I've recommended more than any other in the last two years. It has a little bit of everything: adventure, travel, history, science, and sport, all wrapped up in a fun, quick-reading package. Trust me. After reading this book, you will not be able to stop talking about it.

"Review" by , “Hugely entertaining....One of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “Compelling....Entertaining....[McDougall] uses an extended portrait of one of the world's least known cultures, the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons, to put modern American running under an exacting magnifying glass.”
"Review" by , Born to Run is funny, insightful, captivating, and a great and beautiful discovery.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “Driven by an intense yet subtle curiosity, Christopher McDougall gamely treads across the continent to pierce the soul and science of long-distance running."
"Review" by , "One of the most entertaining running books ever."
"Review" by , “It’s a great book....A really gripping read....Unbelievable story....a really phenomenal book.”
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , An inspiring memoir from ultrarunner Scott Jurek, star of Born to Run, covering his remarkable running career, fueled, surprisingly, by an entirely plant-based diet.
"Synopsis" by ,
and#8220;In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.and#8221;and#8212;Amby Burfoot, author of The Runnerand#8217;s Guide to the Meaning of Life

For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant forceand#8212;and darlingand#8212;in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. Until recently he held the American 24-hour record and he was one of the elite runners profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run.

In Eat and Run, Jurek opens up about his life and career as a champion athlete with a plant-based diet and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, Scottand#8217;s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Full of stories of competition as well as science and practical adviceand#8212;including his own recipesand#8212;Eat and Run will motivate readers and expand their food horizons.

and#8220;Jurekand#8217;s story and ideas should easily manage to speak to and cheer on anyone seeking to live life as fully as possible.and#8221;and#8212;Denver Post

and#8220;A shockingly honest, revealing, and inspiring memoir.and#8221;and#8212;Trail Runner

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