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born to run book

Born To Run by Chris McDougall. I heard this book was good, so I decided to read it. I just knew if it was anything that would possibly help my running (stories, advice, scientific experiments, a how-to guide, anything really,) I needed to read it!

When I opened it up, I still had no idea what it was going to be, but it didn’t take long before I was hooked!

It actually starts out like a novel. It’s a story of some dudes venturing out into the Mexico wilderness to find some ancient Indian tribe of good runners. At first i thought, “OK, that’s cool, but how will this help my running?”

Sure, the book was fun to read, but my running needed improvement. Well, soon enough, I started picking up running tips! As the story progressed, I picked up more and more tips and fundamentals.

Here’s some of what the book covers…

BORN TO RUN covers the lifestyle of these naturally talented runners, the Tarahumara, which includes chia seeds, leather sandals, taking them to the Leadville 100 ultramarathon, and more.

Then the book covers stories of some famous ultra runners, one of which is Barefoot Ted. There is a lot of info on Barefoot Ted, and his part of the story causes the book to sidetrack to stories of barefoot running, why Nike sucks, etc. That’s probably the best part of the book!! (This would be the part to really sell you on the concept of running in bare feet.)

Then back to the Mexico wilderness, more stuff about the Tarahumara, and a very interesting discussion on evolution and different animals and how they run. The debate covers humans and how homo sapiens have great bodies for distance running, and of course the “why” of being good at endurance.

There’s a lot more interesting stuff, but I won’t get into any of that because I don’t want to ruin it for you! (You’ll have to read the book to find out how the story ends!)

My final verdict is…

This is a great book that is a ton of fun to read. It has some good advice in it, too. So definitely buy it! (Even if you don’t like running, buy the book if you have any interest whatsoever in endurance sports!)

Just keep in mind, the book is best used for enjoyment, rather than a “how to” guide to barefoot running, as I’m sure some people want it to be. Regardless, it’s worth the read.

Official website: www.ChrisMcDougall.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Chris McDougall
Product: Born To Run
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2010-07-10
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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