Ay I came to a Pages From Bee Journal lake that had just frozen and frost had blown across the newly formed ice The trees and moss and grass were white from frost It was so incredibly beautiful that I teared up with gratitude for being able to be there and see itThis book Born to run is a fantastic story that confirms what I have discovered We are indeed born to runong distances It s a story about crazy ultra runners for whom marathons are too short they go much further What they have found is a joy of running There is also this funny chapter about how shoes have caused so much damage to us It is better to run with cheap shoes that aren t padded because then the running style Stones of Witness landing on your padded forefoot is easy on the body Landing on your heels causes all kinds of problems whether you are running with air padded shoes or not Ioved this book because it was an affirmation of what I have found on my cross country trails happiness So I picked this book up thinking it would be a cool story about this My Indian Kitchen lost tribe of distance runners which it was but I got soooo much than I bargained forYes I didearn a Truly I cannot recall the Lots of Mommies last time I read a book that Ioved as much as thisShould you think this book is for serious runners alone please think again I am not by any means a runner I ran track in high school but the runs I did were short sweet sprints After high school I had a difficult time finding 200 yard dashes to race in so I did a few 5k s I didn t ove them much at all There was no way I was going to win a 5k not ever The distance just sucked In retrospect some training may have helped I ooked at most distance runners as mentally ill something was wrong with those people They were running from something I decided maybe from being fat or being sad maybe running from addictions or desires Nuts All of them Maybe I was just jealous of their slow twitch muscle fibers Most of the time I found the races to be miserable and Fantasy Man looking at most of the runners it seemed they did too Grimaces frowns bloody nipples knee braces yeah FUNThis book jogged my memory of those few times I did find running to be fun One of those times was during a 5K called Hair of the Frog put on by aocal brewery It was early spring it was cold raining ice There was thunder and The Flame Of Adventure lightning I m not sure if it was oxygen deprivation or perhaps that amazing runner s high but midway through the race I was in nirvana The trees around meooked beautiful encased in ice I felt amazing Alive Primal It did not matter that I was not going to win this race In fact this race even had an award for finishing DFL Dead F ing Last It was then that I got it I understood why some people really ove to run Had it not been for the pints of beer waiting at the finish ine I m pretty sure I would have rerun the course with glee Over time I forgot about that sensation busy with Divine Magnetic Lands life I rarely ran I remember now Author Christopher McDougall writes about and participates in extreme adventure sports He struggles with running injuries The doctors suggest shots orthotics and offer the advice if it hurts stop doing it While in Mexico on an assignment McDougall discovers the Tarahumara an anthropological gem a superhuman species hidden deep in the formidable Sierra Madres These people run extreme distances and they run into old age when the rest of the world resigns to rocking chairs McDougall sets out to find these people to discover how they run without injury how they continue to run into old age In the process meets a man Caballo Blanco who wants to set up a race between these superhumans and the elite ultra runners of the United StatesThere is so much to this book than people running This book talks about culture society obsession science One of the most compelling parts of the book the evidence presented that we are indeed born to run One scientist points to the nuchaligament on the back of our skulls which fast moving animals have to keep the head in place while running The topic of persistence hunting comes in to support the point and it is utterly fascinating Running on two egs may not make us as fast as the uadripeds but it does allow as the uadripeds but it does allow to breathe efficiently And all these fabulous sweat glands we have We can run onger without overheating unlike the mammals not as well euipped with such a cooling system we may not be fast enough to run down a deer in minutes but after enduring for several miles we can overtake the deer as it drops from overheating and exhaustionThe cast of characters is simply amazing "I Have Already Mentioned My Thought That "have already mentioned my thought that runners are a bit off in the head The group of ultrarunners mentioned in the book may make the case for me We meet Jenn and Billy two surfer kids turned ultrarunners that party all night to the point of puking and get a few hours of sleep by passing out and rise ready to go for a VERY The Butterfly Club long run Jack Kirk an elderly trail runner is mentioned briefly but was so fascinating I had to google him There s Barefoot Ted running trails sans shoes or if his feet need protection he uses Vibram Five Fingers And the mastermind behind the race Caballo Blanco a gringo who indeed was running from somethingThis story is so SO worth readingThe only thing that could have improved the book picturesNow if youl excuse me there s a trail calling me to runMaybe I am a runner after all While I am not a runner I found this book to be uite engaging I can recommend it to anyone interested in running indigenous peoples or wacky charactersThis book is about Lilith Enraptured (Divinity Warriors long distance races over rugged desert terrain It is about a hidden tribe the Tarahumara whoive in the Copper Canyone area of the Sierra Madre a remote desert region in Mexico The tribe is very wary of strangers They speak their own native His Substitute Bride (Seavers Brides, language Theyive in a rugged wild country that takes days to reach Just getting there is dangerous as it involves evading drug runners and rugged roadless desert terrain It is a wonder that the tribe flourishes because just getting from one village to another reuires enormous athleticism and stamina But this seems to be no problem for the Tarahumara many of whom are superathletes They freuently run enormous distances over 100 miles without a problem They don t wear running shoes they usually wear homemade sandals made of a thin strip of rubberThe main story is about a 50 mile race through Copper Canyon in a heat scorching sun Many colorful characters compete in the race Their attitudes toward Tu Alma ¿La Conoces? life and toward running are fun and often funny I cannot imagine how some of them could have made it out of the desert alive at allet alone made it across the finish J.M. Coetzee line The most surprising part of the book is the description of how high end running shoes tend to slow runners down and make runners twice as prone to injuries asow end shoes Imagine their surprise when Nike employees visited a college track team and saw that they were practicing barefoot Running barefoot is Feminization and Chastity Training for the Sissy Husband (The League of Dominant Women less conducive to injuries that top of theine running shoesThe antics of a couple of the characters in the book started to make me feel The Club of Angels like this was just a sophomoric book about happy goucky college kids But there was enough interest in the book to keep me engaged to the very Blue Skies and Gunfire last pageI didn t read this book Iistened to the audiobook version Fred Sanders is a very good reader and his accents sounded realistic and help propel the story forward. E against an odd band of Americans including a star ultramarathoner a beautiful young surfer and a barefoot wonderWith a sharp wit and wild exuberance McDougall takes us from the high tech science Forced Feminization (The League of Dominant Women labs at Harvard to the sun baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America where ever growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to theimit and finally to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet and that you indeed all of us were born to ru.
(EBOOK FREE) [Born to Run A Hidden Tribe Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen] Author Christopher McDougall