I have only just started running after a 10 year sabbatical caused by the nagging knee injury that keeps on giving.This book came recommended after I read Running with the Kenyans.It contains the same enthusiasm tips and simple readability that puts it above other sports books.Read it as an adventure novel if you don’t like running! As a budding runner this book helps with the science too and gives you a starting point for good form which helps fix those injuries too.Great read great fun
Returning to the essence of running for the joy of running is a fabulous notion that to me is the true heart of this story. As an avid traveler, I enjoyed being vicariously carried by the authors descriptions, off to places I had not been to, meeting incredible people that I did not know existed.
I feel richer in knowledge & heart. Born to Run is a wonderful book.
The story follows the journey of Chris as he tries to learn the techniques of the "greatest runners of all time" and prepares for a marathon between these runners and Americas greatest ultra-runners, he also has some fascinating insights into bare foot running and the role running may have had in the evolution of humans.
If your a runner, if your ever pushed yourself to run through a rain storm or a scorching hot day while the rest of the world hugged their Televisions, if your ever hit the "wall" and pushed yourself that little but further, if you enjoy nothing more then chucking on your runners and going for run down a mountain trail then you will relate to this book, you will enjoy this book and you should read this book.
The book is fantastic. It's very well written and the author did great research. It talks about so many different aspects and stories about ultra running and the history or running long distances. Worth reading!
However, one of the main points of the book is running shoeless. Readers should know that shoeless running is research is still in its infancy! Don't try to go running around without shoes before visiting a podiatrist and without setting a proper transitioning fitness plan!
Regardless, it's a well written book which absorbed me into the world of ultra running!
A bit slow to get going but well worth it. It explains the research within telling a story but setting out the story at the start put me off and I almost didn't continue. I'm glad I did though and I'm going to get some more of his books
This book isnt just a book, it's a complete new way if seeing running, friendship and life in general. Best book i have read for years. Would recommend to anyone i care about so they could experience this read as i did. Thank you Christopher, for opening up such a beautiful mystery!