The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.
An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
My friend recommended me this book as I was training for my first marathon. Going on this journey with the author really opened my eyes to how vast the world of running is and what ultimately matters most in the sport. Definitely recommend this to running veterans and newcomers alike.55
I’m probably the only person who didn’t give this book 5 stars. I heard a lot of great things about it, but it just wasn’t for me.35
A great look at the history of ultrarunning, the personalities and physiologies that make it possible, and a pretty cool story about a one-of-a-kind race. McDougall has enough of a flair for writing to make it all enjoyable and breezy, while diving deep enough to make it an informative read. You’ll want to go back and read it again to stay motivated for your own runs.55
Even to the last sentence, this book encompasses the life of a runner. Even if that life doesn’t start until later in life. The ultrarunning community is so inspiring, it makes you feel like you can do anything you put your mind to. I highly recommend this book and Scott Jurek‘s Eat and Run; they go hand-in-hand.55
To be honest, I bought this on impulse. I started reading it and finished it in about 3 days. If you like running, are thinking about getting into running, or into stories about adventure, it is a must read. If you’re thinking about reading it, do it!55
Good source of information and very entertaining. The inspiration for free running.55
Really enjoyed this book. Although I am not a runner, it kept me engaged and may motivate me to take running more seriously. Thanks!55
Not just the best running book but inspirational and full of great stories. Loved it.55
Loved the book, initially listened to the audiobook. It was intriguing and health conscious. There are so many interesting people out in the world relative to sports and health and finding solutions. Forwarded a few tips to friends and family regarding flat foot and the arch in your feet. Very informative read55
Did I think this book was going to make me a great runner? Hardly. I'm 62, doing what I can for those who can no longer do things for themselves. The hook was learning the secret of a Mexican tribe of long distance runners who ran nearly invisible trails nearly barefoot for nearly no reason beyond the joy of running. Then I realized I had stumbled across what really good writing in the 21st century looked like.55