Read and React: Born To Run

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Over the past few decades, science and technology have become huge factors in the realm of sports, aiding the development of new and improved training gear that help athletes compete at the highest level. Advancements in sports science have spurred the emergence of super-athletes. Nevertheless, the great majority of athletes continue to sustain injuries, regardless of the type of gear they're sporting.

This conundrum inspired journalist and former war correspondent Christopher McDougall to discover the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyons, people who are able to run hundreds of miles without rest, barefooted or wearing homemade sandals, and who seem to be completely immune to injury.

The result—Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen—is the story of how McDougall's revelations among the Tarahumara led him to conclude that "everything I'd been taught about running was wrong."

STACK's Take: A must-read for every runner, this book can easily be devoured in a couple of days. McDougall's findings will leave even experienced ultramarathoners scratching their heads, wondering whether to revert to more primitive training techniques. Born to Run will even inspire those who don't enjoy running (like myself) to lace up their shoes and go out for a jog.


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