Considered by some to be one of the best sports books in recent memory, author Christopher McDougall in Born to Run starts out on a journey to learn why his foot hurts after running and then takes the reader on an amazing voyage full of incredible characters, astounding athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, pure inspiration.
In the process, McDougall introduces us to a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners as we try to learn their secrets.
And then, something funny happens: We actually understand that virtually everything we thought we knew about running is flat out wrong.
The book’s website sets the stage: “Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence.
“With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.”
So, grab a copy today and you’ll see why we’re all born to run!