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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

A great book!

This is an extremely well written book. I bought this while travelling in Dublin and was impressed with every line. This is a must read for anyone who is serious about running or understanding runners. This is the sort of book that readily inspires young and old alike t...
This is an extremely well written book. I bought this while travelling in Dublin and was impressed with every line. This is a must read for anyone who is serious about running or understanding runners. This is the sort of book that readily inspires young and old alike to rethink everything they have been taught and to just "get out there and run for the joy of the running". What a novel concept.

posted by richd484 on May 3, 2009

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17 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Born to Run by Cristopher McDougall

Although I am 71 and NOT a runner, I couldn't put this book down and have already given it as a gift. Having talked to many young runners about it, I have the feeling it has become a "bible" to them. The Indian tribe in the Copper Canyon that inspired the author and o...
Although I am 71 and NOT a runner, I couldn't put this book down and have already given it as a gift. Having talked to many young runners about it, I have the feeling it has become a "bible" to them. The Indian tribe in the Copper Canyon that inspired the author and others run barefooted and win all their races. It was SO inspiring that I almost felt like putting on my walking shoes and getting out onto a track to actually run. Alas, that was not to be; however, as I read, I could feel the sun beating down on my head, the wind in my hair and my bare feet no longer in pain!
The book also points how how the Running Shoe Industry has conned everyone into buying more and more expensive and complicated shoes in their pursuit of running faster. As a result, feet have suffered. This reminded me of the cigarette industry and how they duped the public.

posted by Gingy on April 17, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

    Fun to read, inspiring

    "Born to Run" is a fun read. It is better as entertainment than true research material, but that's okay. The books starts out as a the story of the author as he tries to find a cure for the pain he get in his back when he runs a few steps. His journey takes him to a remote canyon in Mexico, where he meets the Tarahumara Indians and a legendary figure known as the Caballo Blanco. The Tarahumara Indians live in true isolation by choice and run everywhere within their territory on thin sandals made of tires. The author comes to the conclusion that the solution to everyone's running injuries is to not wear shoes, or to wear the shoes that are mimic barefoot running as closely as possible. He goes on to talk to experts in archaeology and other fields who feel the same way about the natural way to run. Definitely an inspiring book for a runner, as it makes it seem like almost anybody can run 50 miles in the hot desert sun. The science behind his claims may be questionable, but as long as they are taken with a grain of salt, this book is enjoyable, light read.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    Great book on experience

    When I purchased this book, I thought it was going to be about the hidden tribes that live in Copper Canyon. It was a short subject on them, more about different running experience and running shoes. It is just an okay book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Interesting book.

    The book was an interesting and very easy read. It was part of my reading assignments for my class this fall. Not sure if i woukd have read it if was not part of my fall syllabus but it was good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Hhy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    A Different World

    I wanted ro read this book be ause i had heard it was inspirational for runners. The heart of the message was great...running is as natural as walking. But I could have lived without some of the strangeness...like drinking from puddles filled with dung and drinking urine. Ugh. And the segway into evolutuonary theory was too weird at places...almost preachy. Otherwise I enjoyed the repeated reminder that my love for running is not unnatural. I AM BORN TO RUN!

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Great book

    If you like to run, then this book is a must read. If you are just getting into the sport then do yourself a favor and read this amazing journey into the world of running.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Entertaining read for those athletically minded.

    If you like running or are just athletically minded, this is an entertaining book. Fun insights into extreme runners heads and some data regarding humans and running

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

    Enjoyable read

    This is a very enjoyable book to read. McDougall's story telling ability is excellent. The reason that I did not give it a higher rating is that I disagree with some of his conclusions. (spoiler alert) He disregards the possibility of concentration of people in cities as a reason why we as a species run less. He disregards the invention of the automobile as a reason why we might run less, or the introduction of the "TV Dinner", or the high fat content of fast food. I concede that Nike didn't help matters with the cushioned heel and arch supported running shoe, but they are not the great satan that he purports.

    I did enjoy the book. And, I learned a lot from it. I would recommend this book highly.

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