Book Review: Born to Run ~ Christopher McDougall
To tell you the absolute truth, I would have never noticed this book in a store or on a website. Sometimes the choices of trusty book group members can open one’s eyes to something new, vital and interesting.
Yes, this is a book about running and running and – ultra running and the folks who do it and could just continue on forever.
It is a book about the history of running – very interesting about how the ancients ran down animals for survival.
“They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation. Way before we were scratching pictures on caves or beating rhythms on hollow trees, we were perfecting the art of combining our breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild terrain.”
It is a book about a guy who is turning middle aged and does not enjoy running because he has lots of leg and foot problems. He would like to like running and enjoy it and not always be injured.
It is a book about all the physical tests and therapies that are available to athletes to help them run better and stronger.
It is a book about some historic and present day Ultra Runners and how they do 100 miles just for fun on the weekends and how they win prizes and compete – just for the pure joy of running. One story was about a Seattle runner which made it even more interesting to me.
It is a book that honors women runners and celebrates their skill and endurance; including their history.
It is a book about the economics of running and the equipment that is necessary and not necessary. It is about running and track coaches and their approaches. Why are those shoes so expense and do they really help us?
There is also information about food too! And shows how running builds community as it strengthens the individual.
I learned about Five Finger shoes, socks and barefoot running and how important it might be to your feet and body to go barefooting to protect your posture and health; staving off injuries and arthritis.
The author’s writing style is reminiscent of cowboy/western books and maybe sports casters punditry.
Everyone in the book group had lots to say about this book and folks were happy to read it in time to give it as Holiday Gifts to family and friends. I gave 4 copies away this year as gifts.
This book sparked more interesting discussion and we all stayed late and were so thankful for the evening’s experience.
I was able to download the book on my KINDLE and that also made me very happy.
Did I inspire you to add this book to your list? It is a fast read and might just be something different for you to enjoy and learn from also?
Do you find when you ask a question; sometimes the answer comes in the most mysterious of doors?
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