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A must read – “Born to run”

Posted on 02 November 2009

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (hereon Amazon)

Barefoot running, nutrition advice, and a thrilling race to setup of the greatest race the world has never seen. 

Out of the many books on ultra running I have read this is the pinnacle of them all. What strikes me is the combination of advice, history, and fiction like plot makes this a must-read. The book follows the authors quest to find the elusive Tarahumara Indian tribe in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountain range. Having had multiple injuries he gets to hear about the Indians that run for hours and hours on mountain paths in sandals with no problems at all.

The book goes into detail on the history of running and what we humans have done when we put our feet in cushioned jogging shoes, and the implication of this. By the end of the book I just wanted run, run and run. 

Few books have got me going like this, I didn’t want to finish it, and yet I couldn’t put it down. Even fewer of these page-turning books have been non-fiction.

A true 10 out of 10.

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