"Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall

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"Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall

Postby Maryun » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:49 pm

A few weeks ago vibram five fingers sale uk I came across an article that writer and runner Christopher McDougall had written for the Daily Mail on the questionable value of modern running shoes. That article, titled "The painful truth about trainers: Are running shoes a waste of money?" piqued my interest, and I began to look into the literature on barefoot and minimalist running. As it turned out, McDougall had just written a new book, titled "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen," which talks about running shoes as part of a much larger story of ultra racing adventure, philosophy, and running science. It is a phenomenal book, and a must read for anyone who runs.

At it's heart, vibram fivefingers kso evo running shoes Born to Run is much more than a book about running shoes. In fact, the bulk of McDougall's diatribe against the shoe industry occurs in just one chapter (Chapter 25 to be exact). Born to Run is more a book about the love of running - it is a book about regaining the joy that running can bring to your life, and about why running is more than just a way to keep your weight down and your muscles toned. It is a book about why we all should run, and why those of us who enjoy running what many consider to be insane distances love doing so. It is a book about why running is a part of our history as a species, and why running is truly a gift that was bestowed upon us as human beings

The book begins vibram five fingers uk outlet with the author's quest to find a shadowy tribe of Mexican Indians known as the Raramuri (translated as the "Running People," the Raramuri are more commonly known to outsiders as the Tarahumara). The Tarahumara inhabit a remote region of the Chihuahuan Desert known as the Copper Canyons, and they tend to be very shy around outsiders. What is special about the Tarahumara from the standpoint of this book is that they are renowned as a culture that revolves around distance running, and among their numbers are some of the greatest distance runners on this planet. While on this journey, McDougall meets up with a mysterious American who lives in the canyons among the Tarahumara and goes by the name of Caballo Blanco - the "white horse."

The Copper Canyon Ultra vibram five fingers furoshiki uk Marathon forms the backdrop for most of the remainder of the book, and in addition to Caballo Blanco, McDougall introduces a number of other colorful characters along the way. There's Barefoot Ted, a guy who lives his name by running without shoes. There's Jenn Shelton and Billy Barnett, two hard-partying young ultrarunners who like to live life on the edge. There's Scott Jurek, arguably the best ultrarunner on the planet and the top non-Tarahumara challenger for the Copper Canyon race title. There's Luis Escobar, who is another accomplished ultrarunner and the main race photographer. There are the Tarahumara, the quiet, peaceful people for whom running is part of the daily fabric of life. Finally there's Christopher McDougall himself and his trainer Eric Orton

What makes this book such a thoroughly vibram five fingers uk shop enjoyable read is that McDougall is a fantastic storyteller and a great researcher. He shifts with ease from recounting his harrowing adventures in the Copper Canyons, to the antics and life stories of his running companions, to discussing the perils of running shoes and the evolution of running in humans (which, as an evolutionary biologist, is one of my favorite parts of the book). He also throws in some interesting stories about some of the more well known ultra-races (e.g., Leadville, Western States, Badwater), as well as some no-holds-barred descriptions of some of the higher profile ultra-runners.

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