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Born To Run Review
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Born to Run Review

Christopher McDougall does a great job of telling a great running story in “Born to Run.” He ties in an interesting story with some factual information about running. This is one of the best running books written in recent years. There have been many books on running but most just state facts and information whereas “Born to Run” provides a great story in with the given fact.

The story of the book is basically that the author hurts himself while running and tries to find out why. He goes to a couple of doctors who tell him his too old or that humans weren’t meant to run. He then asks the question of why people can run 100 mile ultra marathons and be okay. His question takes him on a long journey throughout the US and Mexico as he finds out different information and meets new people.

He ends up hearing about a mysterious white man that lives with the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyons of Mexico. The Tarahumara, according to the book, are the last real ultra runners of the world. They are able to run hundreds of miles in bare feet or nearly bare feet and do it without injury. This is where the story really gets good. Christopher takes a trip to Mexico to meet Caballo Blanco who has apparently been living with the natives for many years and has an understanding of why they can run the way they can. Once they meet up he listens to Caballo’s story and Christopher tells that story in this book. Caballo talks about the Leadville 100 miler which is said to be one of the harder 100 mile ultra marathons. The Tarahumara we invited to that ultra marathon one year and Caballo was able to be part of their team. The story continues from there but you’ll have to read the book to get that part.

The other side of “Born to Run” is the informative side. Christopher talks with many sports medicine doctors and ultra marathoners about their unique ability to run for hours and days without injury. The basis is that humans were actually born to run. The way that our bodies are designed gives us a unique advantage when it comes to endurance. “Born to Run” cites an example of a cheetah; we all know cheetahs are fast but only for short amounts of time. Christopher states that with the research he has found that humans can run farther and faster than a cheetah. A cheetah is designed for short but quick run whereas humans are designed to be able to sprint for short periods but then continue running while regaining their energy. He also talks about tribes in Africa that use this to their advantage. They hurt gazelle by slowly tiring the animal to death. Sometime this takes up to a day or more.

Christopher does a very good job of telling the story of Caballo Blanco as well as tying in the facts. “Born to Run” does not ever become boring. It seamlessly transitions from story mode to factual information. Once you pick this book up you will be hooked and won’t want to put it down. The characters are fascinating and the way “Born to Run” is laid out really helps the flow of reading. After reading this book be prepared because you will want to go run an ultra marathon, I know I did.


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Just found this out today. "Renowned runner Micah True’s body found in NM" it was on yahoo sports.

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