- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307279189
- ISBN-13: 978-0307279187
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,843 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Paperback – March 29, 2011
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"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 that a brisk run brings.” —Science News
“Born to Run is funny, insightful, captivating, and a great and beautiful discovery.” —Lynne Cox, author of Swimming to Antarctica
“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.” —The Durango Herald
“Driven by an intense yet subtle curiosity, Christopher McDougall gamely treads across the continent to pierce the soul and science of long-distance running.”—Hampton Sides, author of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers
About the Author
Christopher McDougall is the author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen and Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance. He began his career as an overseas correspondent for the Associated Press, covering wars in Rwanda and Angola. He now lives and writes (and runs, swims, climbs, and bear-crawls) 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 email@example.com or visit www.rhspeakers.com.
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Distance running is the fountain of youth (if done correctly), and this book both inspires you to run and gives you tips on how to run without hurting your body.
This book is a fascinating read about the journey of a man tying together the idea that we were born to run, training to run an ultra himself and studying a unique group of people who well into adulthood, maintain the sheer joy of the run, therefore producing the most prolific long-distance runners. While I was reading this, I found myself deeply engrossed in the story and wishing I could sit down with the author to really pick his brain and go down the rabbit hole with him about his experiences. I was inspired to commit myself to running again and to do so in a joyful way, without the toils and rules of running that we as a society place on it - but more so in a way to engage with myself while I move.
It's almost like a novelized version of a motivational speech and one that I wish I could see in person! Wonderfully written, great tone and insightful.
First, Christopher McDougall's career as journalist serves the book well, helping him paint an incredibly vivid, engrossing story, rich with facts and characters that will keep you interested, even if you have no intention of lacing up your running shoes. Second, its focus on preventing injury by targeting form has helped me immensely. I found myself itching to get outside and give it all a try - to see if I, too, could enjoy the "moving meditation" that running provides for so many others without hurting myself. Here I am 10 weeks later, running up to 10 miles at a time for the very first time in my life, injury-free, and really enjoying it. When did I become one of "those" people?!
If you're looking to change how you think about running and how you feel when you're running, look no further.