I used to be the type of person who said I only run if being chased. I never got into exercising and working out until college. Anyways, to cut to the chase, I’ve been working on Couch To 5K- taking a long break when my knees hurt just to walk. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall entered my vision at about this time and I promptly put the audiobook on hold at my library.
Born To Run by Christopher McDougall opens with the author experiencing pains in his foot after running and looking to doctors to fix it and be able to run again. Various doctors tell him he shouldn’t run any more. So, Christopher McDougall ignores his doctor and searches for a solution on his own. His search leads him to the world of ultra running and eventually to a reclusive Mexican tribe, the Tarahumara, who run long distances barefoot and actually outrun their prey.
Born To Run is a fascinating look at the unadulterated joy of running, peppered with criticism of the athletic shoe industry. Apparently running shoes are bad for you and barefoot running will prevent injury. I was SO surprised by this that I actually ended up spending time on the Vibram Five Finger Running Shoe website looking at a new pair. I know that is weird. But, I think that Born To Run by Christopher McDougall will appeal to athletic non-fiction fans.
I listened to the unabridged audio of BornTo Run produced by Listening Library and narrated by Fred Sanders. The audiobook is 11 hours and 9 minutes long. Sanders sounded to me like one of my dad’s smart drinking buddies. Seriously, you know those middle aged guys with interesting stories to tell over beers — that is what he sounds like, which DEFINITELY appeals to me. I will state that Born To Run may not appeal to an audio beginner, but I do recommend this to experienced audiophiles looking to branch out of their comfort zones.
Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library.