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PDF ↠ BOOK Born to Run A Hidden Tribe Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen × ➽ [Reading] ➿ Born to Run A Hidden Tribe Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen By Christopher McDougall ➲ – Gwairsoft.co.uk Full ofFull of incredible characters amazing athletic achievements cutting edge science and most of all pure inspiration Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple uestion Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrongIsolated by the most savage terrain in North America the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art For centuries they have practiced tech Let me begin this review by saying that I am not and never have been a runner Despite that fact I was surprisingly fascinated by Chrisopher McDougall's account of how his desire to run without pain started him on a uest that led him both deep into Mexico's remote Copper Canyons and human evolutionary pastBorn to Run begins as an adventure story While trying to figure out how to get his own foot to stop hurting he saw an article about a tribe of Mexican Indians called the Tarahumara These people were said to be able to run for days at a time through unforgiving terrain wearing nothing on their feet than sandals made from thin strips of tire rubber So McDougall set out to find these mysterious people but doing so was not easy The Copper Canyons where they live are extremely difficult to get to and the trip is made even hazardous by having to pass through drug farming country on the way In addition to being a sometimes nail biting tale about the author's uest to find the Tarahumara Born to Run also weaves in the fascinating history of the sport of ultra running Ultra marathons are races consisting of any distance longer than a marathon McDougall discusses how this crazy sport first came into being highlighting along the way the stories of the participants who have slowly begun to make it famousMcDougall narrates this history in real time resulting in descriptions of several races that were so gripping I couldn't put the book down One of these races was the Leadville Trail 100 a 100 mile race at 11000 feet in which the Tarahumara faced off against an ultra running prodigy named Ann TrasonAs McDougall weaves together the story of ultra running's past with his own uest to find the Tarahumara and become a better runner he also relays a fascinating tale about scientific discoveries into our evolutionary past suggesting that it was our ability to run long distances without getting winded and thus get all that extra protein from the bounding antelope we were able to outlast that gave us the evolutionary edge needed to grow our huge brains These sections also point out that we did not evolve to run on cushions with arch support and that expensive running shoes may actually make runners prone to injury than running in the bare feet nature so elegantly designed for usThe book concludes with the tale of a joint venture between McDougall and a character named Caballo Blanco a gringo who had befriended the Tarahumara and made the Copper Canyons his home Though the Tarahumara had wowed people at Leadville Caballo longed to see them race against America's ultra running best on their own turf So McDougall helped him get together a half dozen racers and they made the dangerous trek down into the canyons The resulting race and the sportsmanship described therein is very moving and I finished this odd combination of memoir sports history adventure tale and evolutionary science with damp eyes AddendumNot uite a year after reading this book I've been contemplating that uestion GR asks in the review process – How did this book change your life? because uite unexpectedly this book has arguably changed my life than any I've ever readIt started because my geekish husband a runner decided he needed to figure out how to make huaraches the thin rubber and lace sandals worn for long races by the Tarahumara He made some for himself and for me and a few other people in the Boulder Barefoot Club and then a lot people in the Boulder Barefoot Club until finally the BB Club's founder Michael Sandler said Why don’t you just put up a web site? Steven hemmed and hawed but Michael who was about to publish his own comprehensive book on barefoot running called appropriately enough Barefoot Running How to Run Light and Free by Getting in Touch with the Earth said if we had a website he'd put it in his book And of course who doesn't want to be in a book?Via the magic of the Interwebs we soon found ourselves selling huaraches and DIY kits at which in the decade since I first wrote this has now grown to include a full line of minimalist shoes boots and sandals in both casual and performance styles to people in all 50 states and countries on six out of seven continents we'd like to go for seven out of seven but I'm not holding out much hope for barefoot style running taking off in Antarctica In the process I a walker not a runner have found that wearing these shoes which allow me to intimately feel the ground and get the immediate feedback that forces me to adjust my slightly lopsided gait and have better form have forever ruined me for other footwear which now feels like wearing bricks on my feet So in less than 12 months our lives have completely reorganized themselves around the process of doing everything we can to get the word out about huaraches and the overall natural movement movement and its recognition that expensive highly structured athletic shoes are not your friend It's a huge project one that has me working harder than I have in a decade And irony of ironies it is also one that has left me with far less time to read than I had a year agoDamned life changing books

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Niues that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence With the help of Caballo Blanco a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra athlete as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime a fifty mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tri Truly I cannot recall the last time I read a book that I loved 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 love 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 looked 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 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 a local brewery It was early spring it was cold raining ice There was thunder and 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 me looked 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 love to run Had it not been for the pints of beer waiting at the finish line I'm pretty sure I would have rerun the course with glee Over time I forgot about that sensation busy with 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 nuchal ligament 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 legs may not make us as fast as the uadripeds but it does allow us to breathe efficiently And all these fabulous sweat glands we have? We can run longer 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 serious 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 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 you'll excuse me there's a trail calling me to runMaybe I am a runner after all

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Born to Run A Hidden Tribe Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenBe 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 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 the limit 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 r 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 long distance races over rugged desert terrain It is about a hidden tribe the Tarahumara who live 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 language They live 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 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 all let alone made it across the finish 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 as low end shoes Imagine their surprise when Nike employees visited a college track team and saw that they were practicing barefoot Running barefoot is less conducive to injuries that top of the line running shoesThe antics of a couple of the characters in the book started to make me feel like this was just a sophomoric book about happy go lucky college kids But there was enough interest in the book to keep me engaged to the very last pageI didn't read this book; I listened to the audiobook version Fred Sanders is a very good reader and his accents sounded realistic and help propel the story forward