Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Born to Run Book Review

For Christmas, Jennifer gave me a copy of Born to Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall.

Click here to learn more, or better yet, click here to buy it!

She reads a lot of running bloggers, and this book was consistently given good reviews.

It quickly landed on her short list of books to read, so naturally she gave it to me so she could read it when I was finished.

Well I just finished the book last night, and quite honestly, it's EASILY in my top 3 favorite books of all time.

Those of you who've been following along for the past few months have probably noticed that I'm on somewhat of a spiritual journey I guess you could say -- challenging certain aspects of my life in an attempt to learn more about myself and who I want to be (and can be).

Going back to my post about going vegetarian, I feel that getting this book is just another perfectly-timed coincidence. It really couldn't have come at a better time in my life.

Without giving too much away, I've struggled with various injuries over my relatively short six-year running history. Like countless others, I viewed running as somewhat of a necessary evil -- I knew it was good for me, and I would just have to do whatever I could to hopefully avoid injuries (which mostly meant sticking to my training plan).

That viewpoint has definitely shifted now. I still firmly believe in the importance of following a training plan, but now there are certain aspects of my running that I want to start challenging.

The best part? I've already started the process thanks to Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete and his Marathon Roadmap. I don't think it's any coincidence that the things he says to do in his plan are the same things Christopher McDougall learns while exploring why his foot hurt.

I'm excited by the thought that running doesn't have to be painful, and that we actually may have been "born to run."

If you've struggled with running injuries (let's face it, who hasn't?), or you just love a good story (especially one that really happened), you really need to read this book.

Like today. Seriously.

Then let's talk about while we go running on some trails somewhere. :)

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