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4.0 out of 5 stars Time to put on your plimsolls, 1 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Born to Run: The Rise of Ultra-running and the Super-athlete Tribe (Hardcover)
"I've run twenty marathons and two ultramarathons, and have been wondering what, if anything to do next. This book has got me running again. The science of running is very revealing about the origins of homo sapiens, as are the explanations for why barefoot running is better for you than cushioned-shoed running, why we have a running range of 50+ miles, why women and men are more or less the same size, and why Americans, who started the running boom, now struggle to meet the Olympic qualifying time for the the marathon.

The topic of persistence hunting is covered well, but, if you want to know more, there is an earlier, and more informative, version in Laurens van der Post's "The Lost World of The Kalahari", which is also a first person eye witness account.

That aside, read Born to Run, glug down some pinole, pull on a pair of canvass and rubber shoes - 1970s Onitsaka Tigers, or 2009 Vibram Five Fingers or a 1930s vintage pair of plimsolls will do - and run."
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