Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Audiobook by Christopher McDougall is a best selling book published in 2009. The author studies the members of the reclusive Tarahumara native Mexican tribe living in the Mexican Copper Canyons. The Tarahumara are peaceful people whose lives are centered around running. They do not use modern running shoes but rather run using a thin flat sandal.
They drink corn beer before a big race. They run through the mountain terrain and the heat in thin sandals for more than 100 miles and rarely get injured. This is a reflection of their stamina and running endurance.
The author has himself has faced multiple injuries as a runner and wanted to know the reasons behind this extreme fitness and endurance of the Tarahumara tribe runners. The author goes on to reason that the modern well-cushioned running shoes are one of the key reasons for injuries faced by the runners.
The Tarahumara runners do not use these modern running shoes which may be one of the reasons behind them not getting injured. He also points out the drastic increase in the injuries after the introduction of modern running shoes in 1972. McDougall also digs into why the human race developed the traits for endurance running. He opines that the humans left the forests and moved into the Savannas by developing the ability to run long distanced for running down the prey.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen Audiobook by Christopher McDougall received positive reviews and was on the New York Times Bestseller list. The author received critical acclaim for his writing and storytelling and providing insights into the lives of the Tarahumara tribe.
The book is a must-read for people interested in running whether they are amateurs or professionals. This book will also benefit readers who do not run and it will show them that running is a skill honed by humans over a long period of time and it may get them interested into running.