Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Guest blog post, written by Jenny B.!

“You’re obsessed!” This has been the response of three separate people when they’ve spotted my Born to Run cd case in the passenger seat of my car. I know how it looks. One minute I’m the world’s angriest runner, cursing every single step of every single run….and the next I’m munching carrots, buying copies of Runner’s World, and spending a crazy amount of money on socks. But let me reassure you – this book was added to my reading list long before I ever got the crazy notion to train for a marathon.

And boy is the timing right! If you’re looking for adventure and inspiration – this is the book for you. You absolutely do not need to be a runner to get sucked in to this story…but it will make you feel like you can do anything…even run a marathon!

Read on for a review of this book – I definitely recommend it!

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

– Jenny B.


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5 Responses to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

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  2. Alexandra says:

    Great book suggestion – I totally want to read this – especially with all the new research coming out now about how the super cushy running shoes may not be the best thing for runners.


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