Homer's Travels: Book: Christopher McDougall's "Born To Run"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Book: Christopher McDougall's "Born To Run"

Christopher McDougall's "Born to Run" is an interesting introduction to the world of ultramarathon runners, the science behind long distance running, and the history of a Mexican tribe of runners hidden deep in Copper Canyon country.

The story roughly follows the clandestine organization of a race between Tarahumara tribesmen and elite American ultamarathoners.  The book talks about both the early history of long distance running and the history of the Tarahumara.  Interspersed in the story of the race, the Tarahumara, and the author's participation in the race are several chapters about the history and benefit of barefoot running.

I found the book interesting and well paced.  I was interested in both the race and the barefoot running chapters and the history provided a nice backdrop for the storytelling.  It was good enough to make me wonder about the shoes I wear while walking and if I may benefit from barefoot walking.  Something to talk to my physical therapist about I think.

A good read and recommended for anyone who runs and  ... like me ... those who don't but are interested in running.


  1. I've read a lot about barefoot and ultra's in my running mags but not this book. I might have to see if the local library has it.

  2. JaG: It's an interesting book. I wonder if barefoot walking is as good as barefoot running?