Book Review: Born to Run

McDougall’s journey towards a running passion shines bright in this engaging, albiet sometimes distracted, tale..

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

Author: Christopher McDougall

Rating: 3.6 / 5

McDougall takes the reader on both a personal journey and purview into the ways of life (and ultradistance running) of an indigenous peoples in Mexico. Sprinkled throughout the book are also lessons, experiences, and tips on form, diet, and race strategy. However, to then also add chapters on evolutionary development, advantages for humans in distance running, and the history of ultradistance running leaves for a largely unfocused book. Nonetheless, I am reminded of the joys of running and inspired by such human ability. I find books such as these to be both uplifting and periodic reminders to reconnect with the depths of what makes us human and with what is natural, particularly in the age of technologies and indoors (notably read here during Covid). While disjointed, this book does open multiple doors for readers to explore more topics in their own journeys, and written with an subtle invitation to get out there and Run.