Book Review: Born to Run

Born to Run
by Christopher McDougall

Is running extremely long distances barefoot the key to health, happiness and longevity? Is running steadily for hours at a time not only therapeutic but also natural? Primitive humans did it constantly, catching and killing quarry simply by exhausting them in a marathon hunt.

In “Born to Run,” Christopher McDougall discovers the Tarahumara, a tribe living frugally in the remote, foreboding Copper Canyons in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. The Tarahumara are legendary for their ability to run extreme distances in inhospitable conditions without breaking a sweat or getting injured. They are superathletes who would place among elite runners of the developed world even though their society and technology are 500 years behind it.

It’s a thrilling read, even for someone who couldn’t care less about proper stride and split times and energy gels….

This review was written by Dr Luke Brady.