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Born to Run Review
Born to Run is a fantastic book for anyone into human history or running.
It’s packed with fascinating insights into how running made us who we (modern humans) are and the great tips and insights into running well and avoiding injuries.
I was glad to have read it (along with 5 other books) in the run up to competing in the Marathon des Sables, a 256km ultramarathon through the Sahara (full guide and training notes).
Born to Run Summary
This publisher’s blurb comes from the Profile Books paperback edition of of Born to Run
“Born to Run is an epic adventure that begins with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets out to find Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians, the world’s greatest distance runners, who can go for hundreds of miles without rest while enjoying every minute of it.
Running without trainers is now big news, but the Tarahumara have been doing it for centuries and reaping the benefits. McDougall tests the idea by taking us from cutting-edge Harvard science labs to the peaks and valleys where growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing themselves to the limit. And he finds his own inner ultra-athlete when he pits himself against the tribe, who run virtually barefoot, in a breath-taking fifty-mile race through Mexico’s Copper Canyons.
A thinking exploration of mankind’s most ancient pursuit, Born to Run will make you realize that the secret to happiness could be right at your feet.”
Best Born to Run Quotes
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"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."- Christopher McDougall, Born to Run
"That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they'd never forgotten what it felt like to love running. 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. And when our ancestors finally did make their first cave paintings, what were the first designs? A downward slash, lightning bolts through the bottom and middle--behold, the Running Man. Distance running was revered because it was indispensable; it was the way we survived and thrived and spread across the planet. You ran to eat and to avoid being eaten; you ran to find a mate and impress her, and with her you ran off to start a new life together. You had to love running, or you wouldn't live to love anything else. And like everyhing else we ove--everything we sentimentally call our 'passions' and 'desires' it's really an encoded ancestral necessity. We were born to run; we were born because we run. We're all Running People, as the Tarahumara have always known."- Christopher McDougall, Born to Run
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