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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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Liz Pollak, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Liz Pollak)
Excellent book that tells a great story and motivates me to go out and exercise!
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amy clark, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by amy clark)
Inspiration through running and words.
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Jan Chavarie, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Jan Chavarie)
Whether you believe the barefoot running theory or not, this is a great read!
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dangerduncs, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by dangerduncs)
Christopher McDougall tells a fascinating story about the terahumara, a native tribe in Mexico, that run barefoot for hundreds of miles. He balances the story about the terahumara and their long distance running with some of the science behind running, which is interesting. Also there is a fun race between some American ultradistance runners against the terahumara. It is a great story and it has helped inspire some of my friends and myself to enjoy running a lot more.
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lbmm, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by lbmm)
While there has been some controversy over the authors portrayal of the Taroumra people, as over romanticized this book still does what it sets out to do. It is a book about the love of running and the people who do it. As a life long (short distance)runner I have flirted with the idea of expanding and this book was a catalyst that spurred me to begin my marathon training. I am two half marathons deep now with a full only a few months away.

While I can't say this book changed my life, or my desire to wear real shoes, it did open my eyes to the amazing athletes who practice the sport. And it inspired me and reminded me to push myself harder and farther. As far as a book designed to help people discover and cultivate the joy of running, I think this book succeeds marvelously.

McDougall does a great job of winding multiple story threads together, that makes for an entertaining read. The writing is simple and clean, and managed to make running 50 and 100 miles sound really exciting, instead of just painful. I recommend this book to runners, sports fans and people interested in learning how far you can push the human body.
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Product Details

McDougall, Christopher
Vintage Books
Friedman, Steve
Beresini, Erin
Daniloff, Caleb
Jurek, Scott
Running & Jogging
Anthropology - Cultural
Special Interest - Adventure
anthropology;cultural anthropology
General Sports & Recreation
Scott Jurek;ultramarathon;running;runners;endurance athlete;vegan;plant-based di
Edition Description:
Trade paper
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Grade Level:
7 maps
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


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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