It’s interesting, compelling and, most of all, fun to read. Even if you’re not a runner, give it a go, you’ll learn some valuable lessons from it.
Personally, I have not been entertained by a story such as this one in a long time, and I'm pretty sure you'll be as well!
Born to Run is the tale of a great adventure that begins with one simple question: “Why does my foot hurt?”
In search for that answer, Christopher McDougall (i.e., the author) sets off to find a tribe of the Tarahumara in the deadly Copper Canyons, the world’s greatest long distance runners, to learn their learn their secrets. He also introduces a whole a cast of characters including an ultramarathoner, a ghostly ex-boxer, and some Mexican drug dealers just to name few.
All this to prove that we - humans - are just born to run, and, moreover, that running is the heart of what it means to be human.
In this book McDougall presents a powerful philosophy of exercise: that running should never be about suffering, but always about joy.
He argues strongly against the motto “no pain, no gain”, and claims that running should never considered a chore, but only a recreational game that leads to an adventure.
McDougall's narrative moves the book forward, his thesis provides a solid intellectual support, but this philosophy of joy animates this book.
Born to Run will not only engage your mind, but inspire your body and will make you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
Don’t be surprised if every time you’ll flip a page, you’ll feel the burning sensation inside of you to put your running shoes, and go for a run. Even if that happens at 3am at night.
The Iron You