Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Where to start with this book? It was not what I was expecting at all. In fact when I first heard about this book it was because I had first heard about these "finger shoes" and was looking them up and doing research and found them on Amazon.com. Down at the bottom with the "people who bought this product also bought" there was the book sitting there. I was so confused. I clicked on it and started reading the publishes review. It seemed interesting enough and the next time I talked to my dad on the phone he said he had just picked up a copy of the book! Four family members later I am reading the book and have two more in line behind me waiting for their turn. (And yes the Vibram Five Fingers were mentioned in the book.)
This one I kind of loved because I guess in a way every California is a crazy person. But then again we think you are crazy if you DON'T live in California.
“Ken had heard about this guy in California, a long-haired mountain man named Gordy Ainsleigh, whose mare went lame right before the world’s premier horse endurance event, the Western States Trail Ride. Gordy decided to race anyway. He showed up at the starting line in sneakers and set out to run all one hundred miles through the Sierra Nevada on foot. He slurped water from creeks, got his vitals checked by veterinarians at the medical stops, and beat the twenty-four-hour cutoff for all horses with seventeen minutes to spare. Naturally, Gordy wasn’t the only lunatic in California, so the next year another runner crashed the horse race…and another the year after that…until, by 1977, the horses were crowded out and the Western States became the world’s first one-hundred-mile footrace.”
This one was a guy's opinion on how you chose to run. Whether you ran from the heart or sold your soul.
“There are two goddesses in your heart…the Goddess of Wisdom and the Goddess of Wealth. Everyone thinks they need to get wealth first, and wisdom will come. So they concern themselves with chasing money. But they have it backwards. You have to give your heart to the Goddess of Wisdom, give her all your love and attention, and the Goddess of Wealth will become jealous, and follow you.”