Book Review: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

I’ve wanted to start doing book reviews for a while, so I’m just going to kick it off with this one.  I just finished reading this book, but have been running barefoot since I was about halfway through it a couple weeks ago (I know I’m a slow reader).

I just got back from a 6 mile run on the beach, barefoot, and needed to let you guys know about this book.  I have some serious knee issues and haven’t been able to run more than 2 miles without going through a lot of pain…until I read this book.

Check out the review, and if you’ve read the book, let me know what you thought of it.

I will always be completely honest about the books I read.  I’ll give each book a 1-10 rating at the end. I hope that you’ll find the quick reviews helpful…

Amazon (affil): Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

  1. Great review. My only question. Why did you give it a 7 out of 10? What made it less than a perfect score? What things did you not like about it?

    1. Good question. I should have gone more into the negatives.

      1. The flow. The story was cut off by chapter long tangents. While some of these tangents were really interesting, it messed with the flow of the story. It was hard to jump in and out of the story line.

      2. It dragged on sometimes. McDougall loved to go into great detail about the races in the book. Sometimes, it was a little too much/too drawn out.

      3. There are a lot of assumptions made about running. Some of the information is backed by stats which was really interesting. Other statements seem to be a real stretch, such as the argument he makes that homo-sapiens survived by running down their food. The only support for this claim was theories, and that someone proved that it was possible to run down an animal until it collapses.

      Overall it was very inspirational in its message, and valuable in its lessons. The flow could have been improved and the arguments could have used more support.

  2. This was easily one of my favorite books that I’ve read in the last year or so. I read it all in about two days, and loved the way McDougall intertwined the actual race with the running theories. I thought the character development was excellent (coincidentally Caballo Blanco looks EXACTLY as I imagined –>

    I could see where this could potentially drag here and there for more casual runners, but at the same time it should open a lot of eyes, and most importantly as least challenge the way you think about long distance running.

    Since this book, I’ve yet to read a business book and have been entranced in other running books 🙂

    Hell I might do the 50 mile Rocky Raccoon race in Huntsville in 2012 🙂

    1. lol I expected him to be more pale, and ghost-like.

      That site is pretty awesome. He’s actually taking tours through the canyons now? Let’s do that shit!

      It definitely did open my eyes and as I said, it changed the way I run. It made it possible for me to run again. It just wasn’t an easy book for me to get through, but for you apparently it was. To each their own ^_^

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