“The best runner leaves no tracks”
-Tao Te Ching
Since the day I am into regular running, I am reading various magazines and blogs about running and recently read an article by Milind Soman. As everyone knows Milind as super model, many less knows that he is a hardcore runner. He is a regular in yearly Mumbai marathon and other local running events.
In his article, Milind praised about a book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall which prompted me to to buy it from Amazon.in for ₹315/- around 3 months ago and I recently finished reading it.
I can say that this is the best reading I have ever done on running. The best part was reading about Emil Zátopek, Caballo Blanco, Scott Jurek and other long distance runners. I also love the frequent quotes given at the beginning of many chapters. Let me tell you that Chris is just not talking about running in his book, but also about the human evolution happened around running. After reading the book, you will believe that humans are really born to run or evolve as human because of running.
See what Wikipedia says about this book…
In Born to Run, McDougall tracks down members of the reclusive Tarahumara Indian tribe in the Mexican Copper Canyons. After being repeatedly injured as a runner himself, McDougall marvels at the tribe's ability to run ultra distances (over 100 miles) at incredible speeds, without getting the routine injuries of most American runners. The book has received attention in the sporting world for McDougall's description of how he overcame injuries by modeling his running after the Tarahumara. He asserts that modern cushioned running shoes are a major cause of running injury, pointing to the thin sandals worn by Tarahumara runners, and the explosion of running-related injuries since the introduction of modern running shoes in 1972. Alongside his research into the Tarahumara, McDougall delves into why the human species, unique among other primates, has developed traits for endurance running. He promotes the endurance running hypothesis, arguing that humans left the forests and moved to the savannas by developing the ability to run long distances in order to literally run down prey. Source: Wikipedia
I am also obliged to share this TED talk…
So if you have a chance, I recommend you reading this book.
You won’t be disappointed!
Happy Running !!! 🙂