September 09, 2010

Born to Run - A GOOD read

I honestly can't believe how quickly time passes.  I say this too frequently, but seriously - time "FLIES".  This morning my 6:00am workout started in the pitch black.  I can't tell you how freaky yet amazing it is to run into the darkness.  Where I come from there are serious animals in the wild.  Thank goodness for a great running buddy (Kelly) who shows up at my doorstep so early in the morning to brave nature and the wildlife with me. I have been thinking a lot lately about the aches and pains my body feels after a long run.  

  • Only short, small people should run.
  • I am not built to be a runner.
  • Running stresses out my body.
  • You need to weigh 100 pounds to be a good runner.
How many excuses can I possibly come up with NOT to run? ? ? ? ?   

Early this week our good friend Scott showed up at our doorstep and handed Brian a book to read.  He said that this book "changed his life"!  Now seriously, how can one book "change your life"?  I don't know, but if it changed his life .  . . maybe, just maybe it can change my life too.   
Here is a little inside peak at Born to Run - Thank goodness for
Book Description

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
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I can't wait to dive deep into this read and see for myself how one book can change a life.  So next time you're out at the local book store stop in and check out this good read.  It could change your life too. 

1 comment:

Dawn said...

I am definitely going to look at this book. I too have had the same excuses for thinking running is just not my thing...especially in the middle of a race:))

Happy Running- regardless of the excuses:))

{I just did my first Triathlon this past can take a peek at it here:

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