Book Review: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Born to RunAs I stated last time, one of my goals this year is to read a book a week (or 52 books total). Although it is now May, I thought it would be nice to write reviews of the books that I’ve read this year so far. In January, I read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, which was recommended to me by a coworker.

One of the reasons that I chose to the read this book, in addition to the recommendation, was because at the time I was getting prepared to complete my first half marathon (Walt Disney World). I love reading inspirational books about fitness, and this seemed like just the thing before my big race! I read a lot of it on the plane and on the days coming up to my race. I thought to myself, “If these people can run as far as they do, I can certainly run 13.1 miles.” And I did! 🙂

Born to Run is a non-fiction book that, in my mind, does two things: it tells the story of a tribe called the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico and advocates for minimalist running. The synthesis of these two points is done well, and the book is engaging and inspirational. Around the time that I was reading it I was also completing my first trail race series, and I ended up purchasing minimalist trail shoes based on what I had read in the book. While I still like some support for the road, minimalist trail running is where it’s at. It really is great to feel a connection between the earth and body. Here is a quote that I liked that from the book:

“You don’t have to be fast. But you’d better be fearless.”

(basically my motto in all things athletic)

My rating: 5/5 stars. This book kept me engaged from start to finish. I felt like I learned a lot from it, and it also shifted my attitude towards running. Although not all my runs since this book have been happy or fun, I feel like I have a more positive relationship with running. It also helped motivate me to complete my half marathon, which is pretty great to me!

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