Running Book of the Moment – Book #1

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

Author: Christopher McDougall

Book Description (Amazon):
An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

“To Start Running” Review:
I read this book a while back but thought it would be the perfect book to kick off the “Running Book of the Moment” blog series. Many of you have already heard of and have read the book, however if you are new to running you may not have heard much about this book – which is one of the more well-known running books of the last few years.

This book has something for everyone. There is enough information on the science of running without being too boring and inter-weaved throughout the chapters is a lead up to a great race located in the Copper Canyons. Those running the race are delightful characters including the popular barefoot runner, Barefoot Ted, and the late Micah True, a trailrunning enthusiast who spent much of the winters in the Copper Canyons running with the  tribe.

There are a few reason that I recommend runners (both rookies and veterans) read this book. First, it gives you a glimpse of the history of running. Of course, it can’t cover everything in running history and some of it is just theory, but it really does motivate and inspire one to run and keep running. Second, it provides a look into how running has change over the past few decades on how our running patterns have change for better, and more importantly for worse.

Born to Run offers runners and non-runners a chance to change their perception of running – from the “painful, sore, injury prone” running activity to something of joy and freedom. We can all run, pain free, and be good at it – because that is what we were born to do!

Read more review on the book at

Also, check out this great, 15 minute presentation by Christopher McDougall that outlines many of the details that are in Born to Run. Inspiring and motivating!

Have any more comments on Born to Run? Why have you or haven’t you read the book? Any suggestions on future “Running Book of the Moment”? Comment below!

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