2015: Book 1

Christopher McDougall: Born to Run

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“There’s something so universal about that sensation, the way running unites our two most primal impulses: fear and pleasure. We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.”

The main reason I picked this book was to know more about the Tarahumara, a tribe living in the remote Copper Canyons in the Mexican state of Chihuahua and the infamous White Horse.

McDougal digs out facts, busts many myths, punctures assumptions, and lays out a better track that could benefit you if you are a runner (a barefoot one at that). This straightforward journal doesn’t squash your spirit. Instead it pushes you to feel the earth, one happy sprint at a time.

“We wouldn’t be alive without love we wouldn’t have survived without running maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that getting better at one could make you better at the other.” 

It’s not always about winning, or the all-consuming promoter or money. It’s about loving what you do!  Here are real people, gritty and soulful, they don’t give up, they believe in learning, they don’t give a hoot about money and ratify only passion, they love the sport and the very earth that offers them this luxury… they are more than just runners.

INSPIRING! Needn’t say more, really! I couldn’t put this fella down. Long after I shut it, the characters were still ‘running’ in my head.

Sponge up the carefree simple Tarahumara life. And White Horse? Oh, he is something else.

“Try the meditation of the trail, just walk along looking at the trail at your feet and don’t look about and just fall into a trance as the ground zips by,” Kerouac wrote. “Trails are like that: you’re floating along in a Shakespearean Arden paradise and expect to see nymphs and fluteboys, then suddenly you’re struggling in a hot broiling sun of hell in dust and nettles and poison oak… just like life.” 

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