Inspired to run : by : Born To Run
My wife and i spent Saturday the 3rd at one of my best friends houses having a pre-4th party! We a had a great day for sure, made it "ok" that we didn't see any fireworks on the 4th, sort of. On the 3rd my wife picked up a book that was on the table and just started pursuing through it. On Sunday the 4th she mentioned to me that the book was really good despite the unfamiliar topic to both of us, running. I responded with "yea, whatever" but picked up, read the first page, and didn't put it down for the next 6 days. By Saturday the 10th i had breezed through about 290 pages of the book and was absolutely inspired! I'm not a runner and despite the amazement with these fellows that can run hundreds of mile and be smiling as they reach the end of their run and my awe-inspired soul at a journalist who went from being a shabby, broken down want-to-be runner to running one of the hardest 50 mile courses you could image... so despite my amazement and inspiration i am not sure i will ever be a runner but i sure am convinced that we were indeed born to run.
In the midst of talking about the science of running, the evil of the shoe, and the evolution of running man (not the dance) author Christopher McDougall tells a compelling, page turning, epic story of a handful characters that were "born to run".
The central figures of this story are the Tarahumara Indians from Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, most likely the best runners in human history. These crazy Indians run hundred of miles, some say they can chase deer until their hoofs fall off, and the idea of the persistence hunting by running is a really cool little section of the book. They live in peace, seclusion, and in the kinda of community i long for. They drink lots of beer, eat tons of junk, dress like kings and run like their existence depended on it. There are a lot of "teachable moments" in the book but the Tarahumara Indians provide a compelling story for running, living and simplicity.
I really did loved this book, little fascinating tid-bits like the persistence hunting, the idea that the shoe was the worst invention ever for the runner, and the component most runners lack is a simple love for running because wanting to look good or be healthy isn't gonna cut it when your running 100 miles and could die at any moment along the journey. All these little nuguts weaved into an epic story lived out by the author really makes for a great book!
I'm not a fast reader by any means but i breezed though this one. And like i said, i might never become a runner but am glad i read this book. And PS :: i've been online looking for running shoes - thin and cheap ones... we'll see!
Go get Born To Run