Saturday, January 23, 2010

Book Review: Born To Run by Christopher McDougall

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.)

Born To Run is such an inspiring book! Christopher McDougall starts with the question "Why does my foot hurt?" from his running injuries and goes off the diving board from there. He goes insearch of the best way to run and in the process he highlights runners of the decade and century and eventually has all roads lead to a small group of indigenous people in Mexico called the Tarahumara or the Running People. The Tarahumara live simply and enjoy the most out of life and running which, according to the book and research, is what our human bodies were designed to do. Tales of 50, 100, 300 or more mile races are sewn throughout this book along with the people who run them and how they chose to run. And when all of these roads converge they of course end with the best runners in America meeting up and racing the ancient Tarahumara tribe for a running race and a meeting of the hearts and minds. I feel that this books covers so much more than I can even write a review about so I will leave you with two random quote that I had jotted down while reading that I thought were worth some more pondering. And yes, go pick up a copy today and you too might be surprised and inspired by what you read.

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.”




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