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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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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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mirrorman, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by mirrorman)
Partly an autobiographic tale of athletic struggle, partly table-pounding polemic, partly a quick anthropological dip into unknown (to me) cultures, it all combined into a quick, exciting and inspiring read that made me excited to push my own boundaries. I'm certain that each element of this book could have been expanded into a book of its own; for example, I would love to read more about the Tarahumara from a non-running standpoint, to understand better their actual struggles as a society. That said, I blasted through this book with unexpected speed and joy, and I recommend it to anyone interested in a quick overview of the weird subcultures of running.
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Shannon Mauldin, October 2, 2012 (view all comments by Shannon Mauldin)
This book is absolutely inspirational! It brings back all the memories of running as a child - the freedom, the speed, the wind in your hair. Reading this book made me want to drop everything and go running right then. The writing style is very conversational, and manages to pack in a lot of factual information without feeling dry or boring. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Everyone should read this book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307279187
Author:
McDougall, Christopher
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Friedman, Steve
Author:
Beresini, Erin
Author:
Daniloff, Caleb
Author:
Jurek, Scott
Subject:
Running & Jogging
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Scott Jurek;ultramarathon;running;runners;endurance athlete;vegan;plant-based di
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 maps
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (Vintage) Used Trade Paper
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Product details 272 pages Vintage - English 9780307279187 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 , “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 ,
From a young journalist and seasoned athlete, a funny, fist-pumping ride through the wacky world of obstacle course racing (Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, etc)
"Synopsis" by , In this searing and inspiring memoir, a runner, nowand#160;thirteen years sober, confronts his past in a bib number and pair of running shoes, completing seven marathons in a year's time.
"Synopsis" by ,
andldquo;Running Ransom Road is Caleb Daniloffandrsquo;s unblinking, ultimately triumphant account of his journey from mean, hopeless drunk back to humanity and himselfandmdash;through distance running. Itandrsquo;s a searing tale of spiritual redemptionandmdash;one marathon, one mile, one brave, difficult step at a time.andrdquo;andmdash;Steve Friedman, co-author of New York Times bestseller Eat and Run and author of the memoir Lost on Treasure Island

For fifteen years, the words that best described Caleb Daniloff were andldquo;drunk,andrdquo; andldquo;addict,andrdquo; and andldquo;abuser.andrdquo; These days, the best word to describe him is andldquo;runner.andrdquo;

In Running Ransom Road, the long-since-sober Daniloff confronts his past by setting out to run races in each of the cities where he once lived and wreaked havoc during that lost period of his life. As he competes in marathons from Boston to Vermont to Moscow, he explores his old destructive life and how runningandrsquo;s sobering and inspiring effects have changed him for the better. In doing so, he connects with others like him, illuminating the connection between addiction and running. Running Ransom Road is at once a memoir of addiction, finding oneself, and learning to push past barriers both physical and emotional.

andldquo;Just as Caleb Daniloffandrsquo;s life was about to tumble into the abyss of addiction, he was lucky enough to discover he liked to run, simply for himself. In Running Ransom Road, his captivating narrative describes a journey of personal redemption that, fortunately for us, he is willing to share.andrdquo;andmdash;Frank Shorter, Olympic marathon gold medalist

"Synopsis" by ,
andldquo;Beresini uncovers the growing sportandrsquo;s most compelling characters and provides the most authoritative insidersandrsquo; guide to date.andrdquo; andmdash;Outside

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andldquo;By the end of her riotous narrative, I had to wipe mud from my glasses at least twenty-six times.andrdquo; andmdash;Gary M. Pomerantz, author of Their Lifeandrsquo;s Work

A fun, funny, fist-pumping romp through the thriving new fitness culture of obstacle course racing

Obstacle course racing is the fastest-growing sport in U.S. history. Every week, thousands of marathoners, CrossFitters, and casual weekend warriors shell out money to run through mud and fire, crawl under barbed wire, scramble over ten-foot walls, and dodge baton-wielding gladiators. Some even sprint through electrically charged wires only to suffer muscle-seizing shocks and faceplant in the muck.

In Off Course, Outside journalist and endurance athlete Erin Beresini dives straight into this strange world to reveal a new subculture of military-inspired amateur competition and the industry thatandrsquo;s rapidly growing to support it. Having reached a crossroads in her own athletic pursuits, Beresini embarked on a journey to train and compete in several obstacle races herself, culminating in the worldandrsquo;s first marathon-length event, the grueling Spartan Ultra Beast. Along the way, she met a wild cast of characters, from frat boys to housewives, fitness buffs to financiers to fanatics, and uncovered the sportand#39;s biggest scandals, lawsuits, and rivalries.

As Beresini inches ever closer to her goalandmdash;and gets pretty buff in the processandmdash;she also illuminates the history, psychology, science, and sociology of this new sport thatandrsquo;s taking the endurance world by storm.

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