Truly a must-read for every runner!
Originally posted on Gearoutfitter's Blog:
Are You Born To Run?
This past week I finally go to reading and finishing the book that has carried an entire movement of fitness on its back. Born To Run by Christopher McDougall has changed many a runners ideas about health, footwear and endurance. I don’t know if this book has changed my life yet, but it certainly gave me a lot to think about.
The story starts with the author, a freelance writer, meeting with doctors about his running related issues. Thus begins his quest to find out how some runners seem to stay healthy and why the rest of us a plagued with bad feet, sore knees and generally painful running. Chris wants to love running, but doesn’t and keeps getting hurt as he painfully builds up his mileage. He watches and reads, in awe, about athletes running not just marathons, but 50 and 100-mile races. Not only is the mileage extreme; the race conditions are down right insane. Would you want to race through Death Valley all day and night? What secrets do the ultra runners of our time have up their sleeves? The hunt to be a healthy person who loves to run sets the author on a journey to some of America’s best doctors, trainers, and the remote Copper Canyons of Mexico.