Born to Run


I first heard about this book when Christopher McDougall was a guest on the Daily Show, back when Jon Stewart hosted it and the show was funny. On the show, the author spoke about a hidden tribe in Mexico that dated back to the time of the Mayans and Aztecs, but was only recently "discovered". This intrigued me and I decided to get the book.

I'm happy to report that it didn't disappoint in keeping me interested. Born to Run contained historical facts, anthropological perspectives, as well as the author's first-hand account of his encounters with super athletes. I was fascinated to read, for example, that there was a tribe in Mexico that is still around from the distant past. One that kid in the copper canyons in stead of engaging with Spanish explorers - and they're still there!

I felt like this fact should have been a part of my education, and should now be included in school curricula. It's the same way I felt when I read War is a Racket. However, I'm inclined to give our educational institutions a pass since this was a relatively recent discovery. The book also discussed the running man theory, which was new to me and I was encouraged to dust off my running shoes. I read the book every night and it motivated me to keep running. Wish I kept that up...anyway, the book is around 500 pages. Not terribly long but not all that short either. It helps that I found it a page-turner. 

Overall, the book was a great read, and I'd definitely recommend it. Especially if you enjoy history, anthropology, running or a combination of all 3.