Rating: 4/5 Stars
“Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall was published in 2011. The book tells the true story of a variety of elite level runners and their participation in the world’s most epic 100 mile running race. The author is a self proclaimed struggling runner who sets off on a quest to discover the secret behind great running and what all of these amazing athletes have in common.
This book is not a typical runner’s guide. I went into the story thinking that it would provide some “how to” tips on improving running technique or form etc. However, it really is more of a novel than a typical self help type book. The format caught me slightly off guard, but I think I enjoyed the book more as a result.
I particularly loved the section on Ann Trason and her performance at the “Leadville 100.” I found myself more connected to the book after her story had been told. The author did a fabulous job of explaining her tenacity, attitude and dedication to running.
However, I did struggle a bit with the introduction of so many characters. The author meets several runners and explains all of their individual backgrounds. It was a little confusing at times and I had a hard time keeping all of the characters clear in my mind. He also jumps around to different points in history through the explanations of races and other important running moments. This sectioning of the story and movement from time to time left the book a little disjointed.
Overall, reading this was time well spent but written more specifically for runners rather than a general audience.
Recommendations: Pick up this read if you are interested in running or contemplating signing up for your first long distance race!