In the running world, there are a few books that I feel everyone and their mother have read. One of those books is of course, Born to Run. However, I must confess that throughout all of my years of running, I had never actually read it as free time and I don’t go well together. But thanks to hurricane Irene, I actually got a chance to read it on my honeymoon and I never reported back on it.
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The book was nothing like what I expected. In fact, I didn’t know what to expect as I didn’t even glimpse at the back or know what it is about. The most I knew was that it was a true story about this dude who runs (deep, I know). Amazon describes the book as, “… an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.”
While that description is mostly true, I was fascinated by the book for other reasons. Yes, McDougall discovers one of the world’s hidden tribes and learns about their running secrets, but what struck me is McDougall’s pure willingness to put his heart into it and all of the amazing factoids hidden within. Granted, it was probably a work assignment, but this man stopped at nothing to adapt, inquire, learn, ask questions, explore, and become better person and runner because of it. I was fascinated that not only was the tribe’s story true, but so was his. It was also worth reading just to learn a bit more about the actual history of running and some of the great runners that we’ve all heard so much about. Just calling it inspiring doesn’t give it enough credit. Plus, he has a seriously amazing job.
When the book got into the later chapters they started harping about barefoot running,. While the science made sense, I started to feel like I was suddenly reading chapters of advertisements. It was my only gripe about the book – sure, present me the science, but don’t make me feel guilty because I don’t use them!
Overall, Born to Run is a great read that every runner must read.
However, the point of this post is not meant be a book review (hense the brief recap above), but instead to be a GIVEAWAY! The running gods were looking out for me this summer when by chance, I ended up with TWO copies of Born to Run (my mom bought me one and I bought myself one). Thus, I thought there wouldn’t be anyone better to give a copy to than you guys!
Here are the different ways you can enter the Born to Run giveaway:
- Leaving a comment telling me what your all-time favorite running book is (required entry)
- Tweet something hilarious using @Page and “Born to” in the tweet (+1 Entry)
- Follow me on Twitter (@Page) and leave a comment letting me know (+1 Entry)
The giveaway will end at 9 p.m. PST on Thursday, November 17th. The winner will be announced on Friday, November 18th.
Good luck and happy running!