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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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.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
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by Shawn D.,
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.
by Shawn D.
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"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."
by Outside Magazine,
"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."
by John Gimlette, author of Panther Soup,
"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."
by Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica,
"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."
by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author of Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know,
"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."
by Lloyd Bradley, author of The Rough Guide to Running,
"Quite simply the best book you'll ever read about running. . . . Brilliant, and brilliantly life-affirming."
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.
Ultrarunner and star of Born to Run, Scott Jurek's Eat and Run, an inspiring memoir of Jurek's remarkable running career, fueled, surprisingly, by an entirely plant-based diet.
by Random House,
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.
For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant forceand#8212;and darlingand#8212;in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race seven years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile and#8220;jauntand#8221; through Death Valley. Recently he set an American record of 165.7 miles in 24 hoursand#8212;6 1/2 marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so.
In Eat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and careerand#8212;as an elite athlete and a veganand#8212;and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his world-spanning, record-breaking races, Scottand#8217;s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Chock-full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, fascinating science, and accessible practical adviceand#8212;including his own favorite plant-based recipesand#8212;Eat and Run will motivate everyone to and#8220;go the distance,and#8221; whether that means getting out for that first run, expandingand#160;your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits ofand#160;your own potential.
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