I have just read Born to Run for the second time and can only recommend it. Christopher McDougall weaves running legends like Scott Jurek, Tarahumara running super heroes (who run ultra marathons on a daily basis and even hunt deer by running them down until they collapse- the deer that is) and life philosophy into a fantastic story about the thing we do.
This gem of a book will at very least challenge what you have always believed to be the consumerist truth about who we are. We are born to run. And to run free. Free of all the clutter, free of all the commercialism, free from rules, free from pronation control, free from playlists, free from treadmills, just free.
Meet Caballo Blanco and a band of like minded ultra runners who take us on a trail run of a life time with the first Copper Canyon Ultra.
There are several quotable quotes throughout which should liven up even the most tiresome end of year party smalltalk:
“Ann insisted, running was romantic; and no, of course her friends didn’t get it because they’d never broken through. For them, running was a miserable two miles motivated solely by size 6 jeans: get on the scale, get depressed, get your headphones on and get it over with. But you can’t muscle through a five hour run that way; you have to relax into it, like easing your body into a hot bath, until it no longer resists the shock and begins to enjoy it.”
I can recommend Born to Run to all who run regularly (for inspiration), for all who have dabbled in running (to show there is hope that you too deserve to run pain free) and for those that have thought of trying running for whatever reason (for you are born to run).