Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen

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Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen

by Christopher Mcdougall

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | March 29, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen is rated 4.9167 out of 5 by 12.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.96 × 5.16 × 0.88 in

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307279189

ISBN - 13: 9780307279187

Found in: Sports and Fitness

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good book for anyone! Born to Run is an enthralling book. Written by Christopher McDougal, a writer for several running magazines, it goes into the prehistoric legacy of the human ability to run. Be surprised at some of the information here as he travels from the doctor's office, to the scientist' lab and finally to one of the most unreachable tribes of people left on the world. Reading it really gave me new insight into running and how to run properly. It goes into the problems shoe companies have with building the 'perfect running shoe', talks to coaches for sports teams to Gold medal olympic athletes. Famous ultrathon runners like Scott Jurek and Barefoot Bob make appearances as well as the time goes down to the beginning of one of the most enthralling and yet unknown races. Your interest in running will peak after reading this book. You may even start walking a little bit differently as you put what you lean to work. Even non runners will enjoy this read as the lessons and methods used can be applied to all walks of life... no pun intended.
Date published: 2012-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A special kind of read! I won't repeat what other people have said about this book, but I agreed with most of them. Almost 1 year after reading it, I still think about it from time to time. For example, one day I dropped my car off at the garage and all of a sudden, felt compelled to just run home. Not a casual jog, but a full out run which I did for almost the entire 2KM. Another example, I always feel a little bit guilty telling my 2-year old to stop running. Sometimes (when Mom's not around) I allow him to go wild, and just watch his perfect little body go-go-go, then think about this story. As the title says, this is a special book!
Date published: 2011-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm Not a Runner... Yet I've been researching Vibram Five-Fingers to use while resistance training and I'll tell you right now: I am not a runner. I hate running. I hate the feeling of pounding the pavement and sucking wind. Part of that's going to be because I don't train for endurance and part of that is because I have no clue what I'm doing. Running involves technique - more than I ever expected. Recommendations for this book kept popping up (one of the characters in the book swears by Vibrams) and with my Christmas gift cards in my pocket I picked up a copy. AMAZING read, even if you don't run. And you know... when the snow melts I might give it another try. It looks like I was going about it all the wrong way.
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DO YOU EVER ASK YOURSELF WHY PEOPLE RUN This book starts out with the author (a runner) asking the question “Why does my foot hurt?” Not happy with the answers he receives from convention physiotherapists and sports injury specialists he starts to look at other runners. Through his research he discovers and introduces the reader to the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico who for centuries have enjoyed running for everything from recreation to hunting (running down deer). Along with the Tarahumara we are introduced to many ultra-marathon runners and “Barefoot Ted” and his concept of, obviously, running barefoot. When I think of marathoners I am always plagued with the question “Why do people do this to themselves?” This book explains a lot. Whether you are a serious runner, a fitness oriented runner or someone like me who just wonders “why” this book is a must read. Mr. McDougall looks at the history, the science and the love of running in short, enjoyable vignettes written in an easy to read very entertaining manner. Word of warning … it may just inspire you to go out and give it a try, after all as he points out, we humans were truly “born to run”.
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, Thrilling, and Inspiring This book combined antrhopology, physiology, and a wonderful, funny personal narrative into the most inspiring book I've read in years. I've bought four copies for others so far, and the two people who have read it, LOVED it as much as I do. It doesn't fit into any easy category, but it fulfills my requirements in several. READ THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2010-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than I expected I have been interested in barefoot running for a couple of years now, I even have Vibram Five- Fingers and a pair of Nike Frees. So when I caught an interview of Christopher Mcdougall on the Daily Show I wanted to learn more about the Tarahumara Indians and how they run hundreds of miles in thin sandals. I was thinking maybe I could add them to my arguments for barefoot running. Little did I know, but Chris had the most complete, well thought out argument for barefoot running I could have asked for. I was amazed when he systematically covered absolutely everything I knew about barefoot running and then more! I have had a couple false starts with barefoot running, Canadian winters make it a little tougher to keep it up ;-) but this book has given me new found motivation. The suspense of several races in it makes it difficult to put down, several nights I stayed up reading it far longer than I should have. Definitely recommended
Date published: 2010-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this book. It starts off a little strange and confusing. Once you get past the opening little adventure, the book gets really interesting and intriguing. There are a few breaks in the story to fill in some history or scientific discussions but all very relevant and easy to follow. If you are a runner (or endurance athlete) this book is a great read.
Date published: 2009-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great A great read from start to finish. I'm not much of a runner and even less of a reader, but I couldn't put this book down.
Date published: 2009-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the essential running books in the modern library I found Born to Run to be an excellent book, packed with scientific evidence as well as a thoroughly engaging personal story with interesting characters and ideas. This book will markedly increase the discussion about how and why we run. McDougall presents a compelling hypothesis that humans are designed to be endurance runners and many of the ills of modern society are linked to the fact that so many of us choose not to run. To back this up, he draws from scientists, coaches and ultra-distance runners around the world. It would be interesting though to hear from the running industry (which McDougall thinks is the cause of many running problems) and coaches and runners who don't share his perspective on training and footwear. This isn't in the book but many opinions easily found on the net in this regard. Overall, I found the book very well written, engaging and thoughtful. It has encouraged me to change how I view running and given me new inspiration for my runs.
Date published: 2009-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Stories, Incomplete Analysis Without doubt, "Born to Run" is a book that will entertain you, teach you a thing or two that you didn't know before, and get you thinking about joining the next marathon near you. The book is divided into two parts: one part narrative on ultra-runners, the Tarahumara people, and the incredible long distance race you've never heard of; the second part is an anthropological and scientific analysis of human evolution. There is no doubting McDougall's writing, he knows a good story when he sees one. The stories about Barefoot Ted, Jenn and Billy, descriptions of the Copper Canyon in Mexico, are all highly engaging. However, McDougall's exploration of the scientific part is incomplete at best. For every study and report that shows that barefoot running is better for you and that persistence hunting was the reason for modern human development, there are peer-reviewed academic studies and reports by scientists that refute the claims made in the book, none of which McDougall includes. Overall, I found this a very interesting and quick read and I gather most readers will as well. My only caution is to take McDougall's claims with a grain of salt and to seek more complete information if the topic so interests you.
Date published: 2009-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book A riveting story from start to finish. McDougall tells the story of various runners interspersed with the story of who we are and how we evolved. I'm not yet a runner, but I'm going to give it a go and try it without shoes.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what an experience!!! i couldn't put this down after the first 40 pages and was reading it whenever i could. the story of the tarahumara is amazing and the author hits on running and ultra running history, but also includes some great research and even tackling evolution itself. i enjoyed ultra marathon man by dean kanarzes as pure entertainment and seeing limits challenged, but this book was beyond that as it was an amazing and entertaining true story, but also moving, and extremely informative all in one.
Date published: 2009-06-15

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Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen

by Christopher Mcdougall

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.96 × 5.16 × 0.88 in

Published: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307279189

ISBN - 13: 9780307279187

About the Book

Part adventure story, part extreme sports, "Born to Run" is a riveting tale 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.

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To live with ghosts requires solitude. —Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces FOR DAYS, I’d been searching Mexico’s Sierra Madre for the phantom known as Caballo Blanco— the White Horse. I’d finally arrived at the end of the trail, in the last place I expected to find him—not deep in the wilderness he was said to haunt, but in the dim lobby of an old hotel on the edge of a dusty desert town. “ Sí, El Caballo está, ” the desk clerk said, nodding. Yes, the Horse is here. “For real?” After hearing that I’d just missed him so many times, in so many bizarre locations, I’d begun to suspect that Caballo Blanco was nothing more than a fairy tale, a local Loch Ness mons - truo dreamed up to spook the kids and fool gullible gringos. “He’s always back by five,” the clerk added. “It’s like a ritual.” I didn’t know whether to hug her in relief or high- five her in triumph. I checked my watch. That meant I’d actually lay eyes on the ghost in less than . . . hang on. “But it’s already after six.” The clerk shrugged. “Maybe he’s gone away.” I sagged into an ancient sofa. I was filthy, famished, and defeated. I was exhausted, and so were my leads. Some said Caballo Blanco was a fugitive; others heard he was a boxer who’d run off to punish himself after beating a man to death in the ring. No one knew his name, or age, or where
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From the Publisher

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.

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.

Christopher McDougall is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Random House Speakers Bureau at rhspeakers@randomhouse.com or visit www.rhspeakers.com.

Editorial Reviews

"A tale so mind-blowing as to be the stuff of legend." — The Denver Post "McDougall''s book reminded me of why I love to run." —Bill Rodgers, San Francisco Chronicle "Fascinating. . . . Thrilling. . . . An operatic ode to the joys of running." — The Washington Post   “It’s a great book. . . . A really gripping read. . . .Unbelievable story . . . a really phenomenal book.” —Jon Stewart on The Daily Show "One of the most entertaining running books ever." —Amby Burfoot, Runnersworld.com   “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   “McDougall recounts his quest to understand near superhuman ultra-runners with adrenaline pumped writing, humor and a distinct voice...he never lets go from his impassioned mantra that humans were born to run.” —NPR   “ Born to Run is a fascinating and inspiring true adventure story, based on humans pushing themselves to the limits. It’s destined to become a classic.”–Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author of Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know   “Equal parts hilarity, explanation and earnestness—whisks the reader along on a compelling dash to the end, and along the way captures the sheer joy
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