The tips4running review of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen makes you want to kick off your shoes and run free. Christopher McDougall not only writes about, but also participates in an Ultra Race that connects the new running world with the ancient Tarahumara Indian runners in Mexico.

The book follows McDougall as he tries to figure out a way to run pain free. Whenever he attempted to run more, his foot flared up with pain. Searching for answers, McDougall stumbles upon the legend of the Tarahumara Indian runners, who run for miles upon miles with only small pieces of fabric strapped to the bottom of their feet.

Thinking that he might be onto an answer to his question of "Why does my foot hurt," McDougall searches for a way to find a way to meet Tarahumara runners. A cast of characters help him find his way to the brutal and beautiful Copper Canyon mountains to meet with the reclusive runners.

McDougall uses the story to explain why runners get hurt so much, how we should be running, and the origins of our species. We are meant to run. Also, we shouldn't get hurt so much either. A lot of the hype surrounding this book is it provides many examples of why running shoes are actually doing more harm than good.

After an incredible adventure into Mexico, McDougall leaves only to return with an eclectic mix of Ultra Runners. Together with the Tarahumara Indians they participate in "The greatest race the world has never seen." People like Ultra Running Legend Scott Jurek, Running Innovator Barefoot Ted, Caballo Blanco, and McDougall run a brutal 50 mile race with the Tarahumara's.

I absolutely loved the book. It is more than just a story. It's loaded with great information that any runner could use to benefit their own training. You can purchase Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen at Amazon.com.

- Reviewed by David Tiefenthaler

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