Thursday, January 28, 2016

Born to Run: a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen by Christopher MacDougall

by Meg Peacher

Great book! I like to run but I am definitely not about to go run an ultramarathon but I still thought this book was really interesting, fun and easy to read. McDougall begins with his personal painful and pathetic running experiences, and how his frustration with his aching body leads to his search for running answers and secrets. He strikes specific interest with the elusive rumors of the Tarahumara Indians, said to be living deep in the Mexican Canyons. McDougall becomes determined to find out more about this infamous group of super-athletes which he had only read about in magazine articles, so he travels to Mexico. He tracks down an infamous man by the name of Caballo Blanco and hears his story about the "hidden tribe, superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen."

McDougall's personal exploration for better running technique and fewer aches and pains is interwoven with extraordinarily interesting facts, statistics, studies and tips about running and how humans have barely tapped into our physical potential. The book is truly inspiring and very cool, it is as quick read because it is difficult to put down. I personally have been known to not finish books and become bored within the first 50 pages of reading, but Born to Run truly kept me engaged. It has a wild way of making you want drive up to New Hampshire and run up a mountain with bare feet every time you pick it up.

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