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Book Review: Born to Run ~ Christopher McDougall

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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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Transitions

Looking forward to you fabulous comments:

13 Responses to “Book Review: Born to Run ~ Christopher McDougall”

  1. Talon Says:

    Sounds like an interesting read, Patricia. I always enjoy seeing the passion people have for various activities and am always impressed by the amount of people who share it at the same level.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Intuit =-.

  2. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. it does sound interesting and one day I’ll get to read it .. now I know a little about it.

    I’m always amazed at the Masters’ Swimmers who compete and carry on competing into their 60s and 70s & no doubt on. Also as you say the Ultra Runners .. the marathon runners too can be a very good age. It’s almost like a drug – but they’re healthy etc.

    The barefoot runners – I’d heard of and when you consider the Ethiopians running barefoot to school and no doubt lots of other Africans from other countries – they have good healthy bodies. Now five fingered shoes I haven’t heard of .. so better look –

    Interesting book to read – opens your eyes to other things ..
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Saint Hilary, Happy Anniversary, Hilary Term and .. =-.

  3. Dot Says:

    Sounds interesting. I have wondered why the shoes cost so much and yet don’t feel that good on my feet. Maybe barefoot is the answer for me, too. Can’t run though, too tough on my knees. 100 miles at a time? How do they do that? I remember how much I loved to run when I was little.
    .-= Dot´s last blog ..Comment on Best Laid Plans by Davina =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    I was very impressed by the book…and had a moment when I thought I would leap out of the chair and take off – but then the ice packs on my knee would have been dislodged!!! It is amazing to read about these folks…

    Hilary,
    The African runners are highlighted in this book too. I thought it was a very interesting study – built around a specific race conclusion, but much like your well written studies on your blog posts….the language was a bit more colorful
    I would like to get the 5 finger shoes myself for foot health

    Dot,
    The even run farther – when their body is in proper alignment they can run all day or for several days for the shear love of running…I am very much barefoot all day at home…well I wear socks as the wood flooring is cold these days. My mom had to exercise her toes by picking up towels from the floor to help her arthritis..very fun read

  5. Patricia Says:

    I am also posted about body size on Silver and Grace…FYI

  6. Mark Says:

    You have peaked my interest! Thanks for the review. Have a great weekend!
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Birds of a Feather … =-.

  7. Patricia Says:

    Mark,
    Worth the read – I assure you :) I will have a nice weekend and wish for you one also

  8. Jannie Funster Says:

    Sounds like a great book for Tess of “The Bold Life” blog.

    Honestly, I’m tired out now, thinking of running, which I’ve slacked off on since Christmas.

    But I have bought some 3-lb hand weights and have been using those on walks, yet not walking frequently enough in the past 2 weeks, maybe twice a week. But today is a brand new gem and a wonderful one for a walk!
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Am I The Only One…? =-.

  9. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    This book is as interesting as Hilary’s post on oxen…history and present in a nice story telling…
    Fast read.

    The wind and rain have stopped and the sunshine is emerging, I am so ready for a great walk….hope my knee holds up and I don’t irritate it again?

    I am also going to fertilize the rhody’s, azaleas, and blueberries – maybe blustery but the temp is 50F…everything is budding.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..The Centerpiece =-.

  10. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. thanks for the extra buzz .. bringing about that extra connection from way back .. it’s where we all started, we don’t start now ..

    I need to plant my bulbs let alone fertilise .. fortunately only a few pots to do .. one advantage of in-town living, I guess ..

    I hardly dare abbreviate! ..yup our temp is up – but warm front hits cold front tomorrow = more snow somewhere in our little country ..

    Hilary …
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Turning a team of oxen – any idea how? =-.

  11. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    I just heard we are in for nighttime wind all week long. I did not get to fertilizing. I have been outside for 3 hours carting the windfalls down to the bank to build that up. at least there was sunshine.

    We are having a regular El Nino this year….wind, too much rain, and too warm. Even my roses are budding???

  12. J.D. Meier Says:

    > how they do 100 miles just for fun on the weekends
    That’s just unreal.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Use 3 Stories to Drive Your Day =-.

  13. Patricia Says:

    JD
    I think you would very much enjoy this book…legacy giants…