Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen
By Christopher McDougall
Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. 287 pgs. Nonfiction
Christopher McDougall wanted to know why his feet hurt every time he tried to run any great distance. He stretched and warmed up, trained and purchased the best running shoes. Yet, despite these efforts, he still couldn’t run without pain. So began a search that led him to the Copper Canyons of Mexico and a unique, peaceful tribe of superathletes who can run hundreds of miles without rest or injury and smile every step of the way.
This book will make you want to run barefoot, uphill, over miles of open trail (…or at the least, it will make you want to want to run). McDougall makes the lost art of the long distance run sound extremely appealing. The discoveries he makes and the characters he encounters on his journey are fascinating. I’d recommend Born to Run to anyone interested in running, racing, or the amazing potential we each have in our own legs, feet, and lungs.