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Born to Run : A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen - Christopher McDougall

Born to Run

A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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Published: 29th March 2011
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An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians of have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner, Chris McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America's best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall's incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

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A book to read again, and again.

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    I will read the book over and over to keep the motivate and to see life easy

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    5.0

    Improved my running!

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      Comments about Born to Run:

      An amazing story with really good tips on running, relaxing about running and enjoying running!! It gave me a greater understanding and appreciation of running. Really helped me and has improved my style, enjoyment and times. Awesome story too... I knew nothing about ultra-marathons and ultra-running before. Crazy and great times!

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      A Great Read!

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          A must-read for those who run, used to run or want to run!

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          "A tale so mind-blowing as to be the stuff of legend." --"The Denver Post" "McDougall's book reminded me of why I love to run." --Bill Rodgers, "San Francisco Chronicle""Fascinating. . . . Thrilling. . . . An operatic ode to the joys of running." --"The Washington Post" "It's a great book. . . . A really gripping read. . . .Unbelievable story . . . a really phenomenal book." --Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" "One of the most entertaining running books ever." --Amby Burfoot, Runnersworld.com "Equal parts quest, physiology treatise, and running history. . . . [McDougall] seeks to learn the secrets of the Tarahumara the old-fashioned way: He tracks them down. . . . The climactic race reads like a sprint. . . . It simply makes you want to run." --"Outside Magazine" "McDougall recounts his quest to understand near superhuman ultra-runners with adrenaline pumped writing, humor and a distinct voice...he never lets go from his impassioned mantra that humans were born to run." --NPR ""Born to Run" is a fascinating and inspiring true adventure story, based on humans pushing themselves to the limits. It's destined to become a classic."-Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author of "Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know" "Equal parts hilarity, explanation and earnestness--whisks the reader along on a compelling dash to the end, and along the way captures the sheer joy that a brisk run brings." --"Science News" ""Born to Run" is funny, insightful, captivating, and a great and beautiful discovery." --Lynne Cox, author of "Swimming to Antarctica" "A page-turner, taking the reader on an epic journey in search of the world's greatest distance runners in an effort to uncover the secrets of their endurance." "--The Durango Herald" "Driven by an intense yet subtle curiosity, Christopher McDougall gamely treads across the continent to pierce the soul and science of long-distance running."--Hampton Sides, author of "Blood and Thunder" and "Ghost Soldiers"

          ISBN: 9780307279187
          ISBN-10: 0307279189
          Series: Vintage
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 304
          Published: 29th March 2011
          Publisher: Random House USA Inc
          Country of Publication: US
          Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.4  x 2.4
          Weight (kg): 0.32