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

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JoshO, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by JoshO)
Interestingly informative, but very engrossing. I couldn't put it down!
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David Ott, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by David Ott)
This book, although non fiction, houses within it exciting and sometimes suspenseful stories and adventures as is moves towards the final race. In addition, it dispenses valuable and well researched information to both encourage and inspire anyone to run as it shares more truthful knowledge about shoes, diet, mental and physical preparation. It approaches running from the perspective of mind, body, emotion and spirit and demonstrates how a tribe in a remote part of Mexico knows how to put these components together intuitively to live a more peaceful and joyful life. It explains how and why we as homo sapiens were able to advance as a species more fully because of our unique ability to run and outdistance other mamals and how, through this ability, we survived both climate and predators. If you are into running at any level I think you will enjoy and appreciate this book. Even if you are not, it may encourage you to begin in a relaxed way that will bring you more joy and peace in this rather insane world.
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MizzMouse, January 16, 2011 (view all comments by MizzMouse)
I love this book so much that I don’t even know where to start. If you can read it and not be amazed by the human spirit and inspired to run, you must be dead!
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David Rosen, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by David Rosen)
A great read that is an absolute must for every runner.
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limeylena, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by limeylena)
I discovered this book on a sports display in late 2009 and spent the first part of 2010 darting into every bookstore I could find to read a few pages at a time. I finally broke down and got myself a copy in late March, and it has been a constant presence in my life ever since! In addition to fundamentally changing the way I view nutrition and exercise, this was just a darn fun read. It is full of characters and drama and transformation, all told in a vivid, amusing, and relatable manner. It is everything a book should be- thought-provoking, inspiring, funny, serious, and in some way fundamentally altering the way you view or relate to the world. HIGHLY recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307266309
Author:
McDougall, Christopher
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Author:
Powell, Robert Andrew
Subject:
Running & Jogging
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Athletes -- United States.
Subject:
Long-distance runners - United States
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Running
Subject:
Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.84 lb

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Product details 272 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307266309 Reviews:
"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 , "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 , "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 , "Galloping along through a multi-faceted landscape that is by turns exhilarating, funny and weirdly absorbing, Born to Run is a breathless read, but sheer endorphinous pleasure."
"Review" by , "I love Christopher McDougall's Born To Run! The book is wonderful. It's funny, insightful, captivating, and a great and beautiful discovery. There are lessons here that translate to realms beyond running. The book inspires anyone who those seeks to live more fully or to run faster."
"Review" by , "Born to Run is a fascinating and inspiring true adventure story, based on humans pushing themselves to the limits. A brilliantly written account of extraordinary endurance, far from home — that also explains how anyone can run better — it's destined to become a classic."
"Review" by , "Quite simply the best book you'll ever read about running. . . . Brilliant, and brilliantly life-affirming."
"Synopsis" by , A moving memoir about a man who at the lowest point in his life decides to turn everything around, signing up for his first marathon and—one foot after another—begins a life-altering adventure.

"Synopsis" by , Part adventure, part extreme sports, all inspiration, Born to Run is a riveting story about one journalist's quest to discover the secrets of the world's greatest distance runners — a reclusive Indian tribe living deep in the Copper Canyon of northern Mexico.

Isolated by near-impenetrable terrain, the Tarahumara Indians are one of the most healthy and serene people on the planet and perhaps the greatest runners — able to cover hundreds of miles without rest. With the help of a man called Caballo Blanco — an almost mythical Westerner who lives among the tribe — Christopher McDougall was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but to join them on a fifty-mile trail race through this rugged landscape with an international gathering of ultramarathoners.

In a razor-sharp narrative McDougall describes the growing worldwide popularity of this grueling new sport, takes us through the dizzying preparations for the climactic race with the Tarahumara, and chronicles the truly awesome event itself. It's a story filled with surprise, near-death experiences, crazy prerace drinking sessions, obsessed — some would say mad — runners, and, of course, the Tarahumara themselves, who make it all look easy.

Galvanizing from start to finish, Born to Run will leave you breathless.

"Synopsis" by ,
When journalist Robert Andrew Powell finished his first marathon, he cried, cradled in his father's arms. Long-distance runners understand where those tears come from, even if there are others who will never grasp what drives someone to run 26.2 consecutive miles in a grueling mental and physical test. Powell's emotional reaction to completing the race wasn't just about the run, though. It was also about the joy and relief of coming back up after hitting rock bottom.

Running Away is the story of how one decision can alter the course of a life. Knocked down by a divorce and inspired by his father, Powell decided to change his mindset and circumstances. He moved to Boulder and began running in earnest for the first time in his life. Over the 26.2 chapters that follow, Powell grapples with his past, gaining insight and hard-won discipline that give him hope for the future.

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