Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
By Christopher McDougall
Part adventure story, part extreme sports, “Born to Run” is a riveting story 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.
What you will get from this book:
Barefoot running has been getting a lot of attention in the media as a curosity. This book has become the ‘bible’ for the barefoot running community. Many runners have transitioned to barefoot after reading this book. Born to Run is is important reading for any Podiatrists involved in sports medicineand treating runners. This does not mean you have to agree with what is claimed made by the author or even support the concept of barefoot running. The book will go along way to understanding what the fuss is all about when it comes too barefoot running.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published In: United States, May 2009
Average rating of Born to Run on Amazon.com: 4.5/5
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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.
More on Barefoot Running:
Barefoot Running Debate (Podiatry Arena – very long discussion)
Barefoot Running discussions (Podiatry Arena – many threads)
Barefoot Ruuning Videos (Podiatry Online TV – video clips of the technique)
Barefoot Running is Bad (critial analysis of the claims made by barefoot runners)
Barefoot Running Links (Podiatry Online links to barefoot resources)
Barefoot Running (Clinical Biomechanics Boot Camp)
The Zealotry of Barefoot Running (a look at the claims made)
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