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Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Paperback – 15 Apr 2010
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Quite simply the best book you'll ever read about running - it's brilliant, and brilliantly life-affirming. (Lloyd Bradley, author of The Rough Guide to Running)
A classic ... in ultrarunners McDougall uncovers a tribe worthy of the pioneering drifters that fired the American spirit, and in McDougall ultrarunners have found their own Kerouac or Krakauer. (Tim Butcher, author of Blood River)
Reaches the state of bliss that runners very occasionally experience in the midst of an endless run. (Simon Kuper FT)
Fascinating stuff, particularly for anyone who's ever been frustrated by the apparently shoddy mechanics of their own running body. (Victoria Moore Daily Mail 2010-04-30)
A sensation ... a rollicking tale well told (Rick Broadbent The Times 2010-04-23)
Part how-to manual, part scientific treatise but throughout a ripping yarn, this book will inspire everyone who reads it to think on their feet. (Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday 2010-04-25)
If you're a runner, you probably won't reach the end of the first chapter without bolting for the door to get some miles behind you. (Leeds Guide 2010-04-28)
[A] major voice of a new movement. (Bernard Goldberg HBO 2010-05-20)
Good books about running are rare - Haruki Murakami's What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a meditative jog compared to this blistering endurance tester - but this ranks among the strongest. (Julian Fleming Sunday Business Post 2010-05-18)
Utterly unputdownable ... a fascinating peek into the lives of the publicity-shy Tarahumara and the collection of misfits who populate the world of ultra-running ... the final race in Mexico's Copper Canyon will have you turning pages faster than Usain Bolt can run for a bus. (Natasha Young Wanderlust 2010-06-01)
If you're a runner, you'll love it. It's about how far we can go spiritually and physically. (Kate Hudson, Actress Elle 2010-10-01)
Inspiring stuff (Amy Lawrenson Elle 2011-08-01)
I read Born to Run last year and it affected me profoundly. I thought, "F*** it. I'm gonna run a marathon." (Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers) Runner's World 2011-10-01)
Loved this book ... completely wonderful. It will inspire you whether you're already a runner or not. (Lauren Laverne Twitter 2014-01-06)
"Hugely entertaining...one of the most joyful and engaging books about running to appear for many years." --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
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As a relatively new runner I came to this book via Chris's youtube posts and ted talk. I had no idea what is was about. i can see why it is a bestseller. This is a great mix of yarn spinning and the history of human running. The research and scientific discoveries are presented in a very consumable and entertaining way.
The book just makes you want to ditch the garmin, the £100 trainers and the rest of the kit we as runners consider indispensable nowadays and just get out there wearing nothing but a smile.
I understand that many terms used are American and may not read true to British readers. The difference between US and UK mentalities is also evident.
An opportunity to write something great about humans being born to run and the Tarahumara people was missed. I hope somebody else does a better job. This book should have been titled "Let's go for a run....eventually".
If you want to learn about the natural human running form, don't get your hopes up with this book.