Born to Run ... by Christopher McDougall

A distance runner's dream, no?? An entire book dedicated to the belief I have always had! You, I, and YOUR MOM were all born to run {okay, okay ... maybe my brother whose legs don't work wasn't born to run, but everyone else was!}.

I had heard so much about this book. It was on the national's best seller's list and I was dying to read it. Almost. Because if I was dead, I couldn't run. Well, at least as far as I was aware I could not.

This book is based on a journalist, Christopher McDougall and his journey to discover the secret behind a Mexican tribe, the Tarahumara, who live in a society and have techniology 500 years behind the civilized world, who are legendary for their ability to run extreme distances {ultra marathons - over 100 miles!} in inhospital conditions without breaking a sweat or becoming injured. {Yes, I can say run-on sentce.} :)

Oh, how I was ready for an operatic ode to the joys of running!

And ohhhh, how it wasn't.

McDougall tries to prove that running extremely long distances barefoot is the key to health, happiness, and longevity. He also testifies that brand-name footwear {specifically the one which this blog address advertises} is one of the root causes of athletic injuries.


And then some mumbo jumbo about how running ultras regularly is healthy ... and what our bodies were meant to do, because clearly primitave man had to do it while hunting down his food and escaping lions, tigers, and bears {oh, my!}.


Not gonna lie, reading all this is enough to make you feel out of shape, stupid and lazy. And I don't know about you, but I personally don't like feeling that way so I don't intend to read this book ever again ... and quite frankly, I don't plan on thinking about it ever again. And I suggest you do the same. :)

Grade: F-

Recommendation: Refer to paragraph above. :)


Daren said...

I admit, I scrolled to your grade and decided not to read the rest of the review based on your F- grade and the fact that running as a sport doesn't interest me much.

Erica said...

I take it you didn't like this one. Not that I would have anyway since running isn't totally my thing, but I definitely won't be reading this one now. I'm surprised you finished it and didn't quit reading partway through.

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