Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall
The author of this book wanted to know one thing – why did his foot hurt when he ran? That simple question leads to a fascinating journey, that ultimately takes him to a race in the Copper Canyons, where a mixed band of American ultrarunners go up against Tarahumara runners (arguably some of the world’s greatest athletes that live a reclusive life in Mexico).
In-between the first question and the final race, scientific data is revealed, background stories are told – which has the potential of being frustrating. In fact, it was incredible, and to use the word again, fascinating.
I have never in my life had the desire to run. I trusted Keeley, who gave me the book, enough to know that I would enjoy whatever story was being told, but I wasn’t ready for exactly how much I would love it. I even took off my shoes at one point, while in Wisconsin, and jogged for a few blocks. Sadly, that’s about how long it took for me to get winded, but still – you have to understand that my running philosophy is that it ain’t happening unless someone is chasing me.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am highly recommending it to everyone. The storytelling was done so well – don’t let the subject matter deter you if you’re not into running.
Next up: Last Child in the Woods – Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv
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