Born To Run Book Review

Time for a book review! This book was so good that I finished it in two days!

“Born to Run” is a book written by Christopher McDougall, a journalist for Magazine and .

Basically, “Born to Run” is a story about distance running. More specifically, it is about the people of the Tarahumara, a tribe of people living in the Copper River Mountains that is located in Mexico. So what is so special about theses people? I am going to have the go with the fact that they can run 50-100 miles at a time easily. AMAZING! Even though they were bred the run these distances out of necessity, they enjoyed running and it became their way of life.

The author and narrator, Christopher McDougall, describes himself as a beat up, middle aged journalist who is facinated by this tribe of people that can run twice as much as him without any injuries. How do they do it?

Simple. They run barefoot.

To find out, McDougall leads us on an adventure to the Colorado Mountains, Mexico, and even to the wide open plains of Africa. Along the way, he introduces us to several characters including ultra marathoners, doctors, scientists, and even Nike specialists to help him get the answers he is looking for.

Throughout the adventure, McDougall relies on science and pure facts to help explain this phenomenon. He introduces study after study to back up the fact that our bodies naturally evolved to run amazing distances without suffering injuries. I thought some of the studies were way out there, but this book did actually convince me that there is something about barefoot running that I need to investigate for myself.

From reading this book, I learned how humans are uniquely designed for distance running and we don’t need expensive running shoes. Actually they cause more problems then they help solve.  As soon as I am done with training for this marathon, I am going to leave my at home and give barefoot running a try. This book seriously inspired me to try it out.

The Tarahumara run in flat-soled sandals made from old tires, while (a character from the novel) insist that running completely barefoot is the way to go.

I have a pair of , but I honestly haven’t run in them yet. That will change in a few months ;)

What do you think about barefoot running? Have you run this book?

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8 comments to Born To Run Book Review

  • I just started this book last night and I can’t wait to get back to it. I’m loving it! I also have the Vibrams, but I limit myself to walking short distances for now. It’s such a controversial topic and I feel like the more I read, the more I have to think about. I am going to give it a shot after the marathon, too.


  • I read it a few months ago – LOVED it!! When I was feeling lazy and unmotivated I’d just read a chapter and then want nothing more than to go on a run :)


  • i read the book last fall and i definitely enjoyed it. i don’t think i’ll ever go running barefoot but i totally felt inspired to go out and run and do great things while i was reading it.


  • My husband and I are getting measured for our Virbams this week! We are going to the Granc Canyon in November and we definitely plan on sporting them! :)


  • Born to Run was a fascinating read. Going barefoot is definitely one of those all-in-moderation things for those of us who’ve already been logging years of mileage in shoes! I’ve been content to add in ~2 miles cumulative of barefoot grassy field running over the course of a week, and other than that I just do a lot of running-specific balancing and body weight exercises without my shoes on.


  • I have heard about this book and would love to read it! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it!


  • I really want to read this book. I’ve only heard good things about it….I would love to try barefoot running, but I’m a little scared of it because of the huge potential for overdoing it and injuring myself.


  • I hope you blog about your training with the Vibrams. My husband loves his and wears them every day. Even to work, with his shirt and tie.


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