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Friday, March 20, 2009

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

As far as I know, this is the first ever public review of the book.



This is a masterpiece. A work on running that will define running for a new generation of runners.

Christopher McDougall asks a simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

His answer spans the centuries and brings us to the cutting edge of running revelations that are as old as our genes.

Our generation of runners have seen it all. Many today thinking that to run is dangerous and that the foot is a death-trap injury appendage waiting to happen. Makes sense, for many runners running today have never known of any other way to run than with big, overly cushioned orthotic boots...cuz our feet are no good and need lots of help, right?

Christopher tells a great tale using an obscure race and race director, a tribe of beautiful people and a rag tag group of ultra runners to weave a story that brings us to a place where rediscovery of our primal connection to running...free of marketing and big bucks and bad science...leads us to new possibilities and a change of thinking that is applicable to any human being wishing to locomote herself on two legs.

This book is at-one-and-the-same-time an adventure tale of impossible possibilities and a cutting edge running research journal entry.

Take a wild trip and read this book. You're gonna love it.

BFT

PS. The book I am reading is an uncorrected proof. Actual book to be published on May 7, 2009.

PSS. Did I mention I am one of the most garrulous characters in the book? Buyer beware.

PSSS. For the latest information about the race, i.e., the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, be sure to check out Caballo Blanco's website here: www.caballoblanco.com you can read this year's race report here.

Link below takes you to Amazon.com to preorder ORDER:

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

Link below to audio book preorder ORDER:

Born to Run AUDIOBOOK


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Now available Born to Run T-shirts

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43 Comments:

Blogger Zataod said...

This definitely looks like a must read. Is this the same guy who wrote that magazine article a few years ago?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Yep, McDougall has written articles in Runner's World on the Tarahumara and on minimal running...if my memory serves me right.

BFT

Saturday, March 21, 2009

 
Blogger watzzup said...

It was his article in the Mens health issue November 2006 that started me thinking about the possibility, that all the information we get fed about footware by corporations was not true. Been mucking around with running mechanics, raw food eating regimes, and footware ever since i read the article

Friday, April 03, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the Dutch translator of this book and I had a great time working on it. It's informative, funny, loving and it deserves (and will get) a wide audience. Loved your role in it, BFT!
Amy

Saturday, April 04, 2009

 
Blogger Jon said...

Hey BFT, cross your fingers for me. I've asked the King County Library System to add Chris' book on their "Purchase Suggestion/Request" list. I had explained that Washington has a great deal of ultrarunners and also folks that are curious to native cultures (due to the heavy Native American tribes in Washington), so there would be alot of interest in this book.

If things work out well and fast, we'll have a good circulation going!

Monday, May 04, 2009

 
Blogger Jon said...

Hot Dog! It worked! The KCLS ordered 15 copies and I'm the first in line!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Jon! Great job.

I think that we are dealing with a best seller here.

BFT

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

 
Blogger Smilin-buddha said...

Got the book first one of the good things about working in a library. I am really enjoying it

Thursday, May 14, 2009

 
Blogger Billy Burger said...

Cannot wait to read this book.

Also, dug the video of you running in the huaraches Ted!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

 
Blogger Nathan said...

Halfway through the audiobook and loving it. If you had told me a book about ultramarathons would read like a detective novel, I wouldn't have believed you.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

 
Blogger Jim Hansen said...

This will become a classic running book and story. I finished it this week and enjoyed it thoroughly, the characters (like you)in it, and lessons learned along the way by the author. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen at the big race!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

 
Blogger Mr 88 said...

Finished it last night. Best book I've read since "The Creature From Jekyll Island." This is my new favorite book about running. But what's really cool is that it's about more than just running.
McDougall makes a compelling argument that, both genetically and spiritually, baby, we were born to run.

Monday, May 18, 2009

 
Anonymous Justin Putney said...

Fantastic book! This is a terrific piece of non-fiction. It weaves fascinating stories with paradigm-shifting science. Glad I looked at this page today. I definitely don't want to miss the signing in Corte Madera tonight.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

 
Blogger Laura H said...

Awesome book! Couldn't put it down! And yes, you came across as you - that's not necessarily a bad thing! :-)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

 
Blogger Peter Simmons said...

Excellent book. Made me remember my childhood in Jamaica where we ran and played sports barefoot. Also lead me to this website and learn more about ultramarathon. now to find a pair of the Vibram 5 Fingers!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Peter

Please do check out the shop section of Barefoot Ted's Adventures. I sell huarache sandals along with links to sales of other minimal shoes that I can recommend.

BFT

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great book, I'm almost finished and it's the most entertaining book I've read in years. (And Ted, your role in this story is like Coyote in Indian stories...)

The story he tells is a must-read, but the details on our evolution as runners, the mechanics of running "naturally", and the way we've been deluded by the shoe companies and running 'experts' are the real take-away from the book.

I've changed my stride and pace, my posture, and my thought process in the last two weeks as I've read this book and dug around on the Internet. While it takes awhile to re-educate a 57 year-old body--and I find I have to do it gradually--the results feel unbelievable.

The thought of running well and without much pain into my later years is completely exciting!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

 
Blogger Jamoosh said...

Barefoot Ted, just finished reading the book and found your blog. "Inspiring" seems such an underwhelming term, so how about "awe-inspiring" - definitely a great read.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years ago I watched a Tarahumara run past my house and have been captivated by their story ever since. When the sample on my Kindle ended, it took me two seconds to buy the book. It was my first Kindle book and now I'll have to buy the hard back TOO as it's a book I'll need to loan out again and again. What characters and what spirit. Link to Luis' photos on your blog. They are GREAT!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

 
Blogger dedecog said...

GREAT BOOK! A doctor at work loaned me this book telling me it was a MUST read. I couldn't put it down! After telling my son (who's training for an ironman race and is an avid trail runner), he couldn't wait to get a copy!
Ted--just got through ordering a couple of sandal kits on you site after being inspired by this book! Looking forward to trying them out!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

 
Anonymous Rewdy said...

I have one chapter left and I am really loving it. I've been fighting with running for 3 years now (stress fractures, pain, etc.) I've been trying to apply some of what the book talks about already and I have been noticing almost all of my pain disappear. Very exciting for me! Excellent book, very well written, and super interesting.

Also, it's exciting to find that some of the people in the book have blogs! Nice to hear what you have to say, Barefoot Ted. :)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

 
Anonymous Philippe said...

Great book, rivetting reading, superb character descriptions, good story.. message is overall that western societies have gotton out of touch with nature including their bodies. When I ran an endurance trail race in flip-flops 5 years ago, people thought I was crazy, perhaps this book will make them understand why. Enjoy the book, enjoy being out there, moving at whatever pace makes you fulfilled, and appreciate nature. Philippe

Friday, July 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Richard said...

Fantastic book - I couldn't put it down! And a great website here! Both have inspired me to not only run more, but to do more minimal running.

You didn't come across as garrulous to me, Ted, just very spirited. I've also got on my skateboard again and will be getting a pair of Five Fingers soon.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

 
Blogger Mollie said...

This is my new favorite book!

Any suggestions on starting barefoot running if most of my mileage is on concrete???

http://eatrunread.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

 
Blogger caballo blanco said...

Pretty good read-:]

Caballo Blanco

Thursday, July 30, 2009

 
Blogger Papa Louie said...

I just finished reading this very good book.

Monday, August 03, 2009

 
Blogger Julie B said...

I've read over a dozen books this summer and this, by far, was the best. To not only learn about the history of running, the science of running but also to get to follow along as you race through the canyons was incredible! As an ultra runner I was able to feel the emotion of what it could have felt like. It's amazing how a book can lead us to new experiences. For the past month I have been BAREFOOT running ! I love it!! Simply amazing.Thank you!
Julie-MN

Friday, August 07, 2009

 
Blogger Fran said...

Lived next door to Chris when we were young, he and his family were very nice and a real fun bunch. Early memories of his dad running ALL the time, everywhere; us being surprised at seeing him running somewhere very far from home. Glad to see Chris is running too and making this great contribution.
-Fran Horan

Thursday, August 27, 2009

 
Blogger Scott said...

I have to bring the book back to the library today. I will likely by my own copy. As a new runner, at 50 yrs old, I was stopped in July after only 6 months with knee problems. Got the book in early August, loved it, started running in 5-fingers about a week later. Definitely take it slow, it is a calf-workout and a half. After 4 weeks I am now free of knee pain and running stronger than ever. Completely changed my stride, even when I run on the foam wedges. Get it, read it, and believe it!

Friday, September 11, 2009

 
Blogger Mr Blume said...

Just finished reading, amazing book. Excited to head out for a jog tomorrow.

Friday, September 11, 2009

 
Blogger Gail said...

This is a wickedly awesome book. I was so inspired that I haven't used running shoes since. Unfortunately I didn't read about transitioning until after the fact so my calves are still paying the price for that one.

PS: I thought you were hilarious in the book. Yap yap yap.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

 
Blogger barefoot Luis Manuel "El Cavernicola" said...

Following is my review:

Throw "The Davinci Code" (book not movie) and man facing southeast "hombre mirando al sudeste" (obscure Argentinean 1986 movie) together in a blender and you get Born to Run!

What is really freaky is that the first two are fictional and Born to Run is a true account.

Breathtaking, a book that will changed many lives!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

 
Blogger elma said...

http://marathonwomanreturns.blogspot.com/2009/10/46-min-start-15.html
I'm half way through the Dutch translation of this book at the moment and have just put this bit on my blog about it. More to follow when I finish it. Oh, by the way Amy, the translation is great. I usually prefer to read the original but I got this for my birthday in the Dutch version and am really enjoying it. (I can get quite snotty about poor translations sometimes... ;-)

Friday, October 02, 2009

 
Blogger woodduck said...

I just finished reading the book this morning and am totally blown away. I stopped running years ago because of a consistent hip pain that took all the fun out of running. Tomorrow I start my no shoes running program. I am also buying a 100 copies of the book and giving them away to wevery fat shoed runner i see and start replacing gideons bibles with copies of the book. wood duck

Sunday, November 15, 2009

 
Blogger kahedaco said...

Gidday from Whangarei, northern New Zealand. Saw Chris Mcdougalls interview on the Daily Show a couple of months ago, and started a barefoot programme on local footpaths, very tentatively. I gave up running and ultimate just about one year ago, following too many injuries. Even contemplated buying roadbike and getting into that. But.....
I have got to 5 miles now on the footpath. I try to stick to the footpath rather than running on the grass- its a bit like comparing a good square meal vs a meal of candyfloss.

i finally read the book (twice in a few days) and have been inspired. I did a bit of mountain running many years ago, and am starting to plan for it again, which i never thought possible!!!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I blew through this book in a couple of days! Looking forward to running and loving it. It's been years since a book has changed the way I live. Amazing book. Will be gifting it too many friends. Thanks for the inspiration!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished this book. IT WAS AMAZING. It would not be a stretch to say that I am a different woman for having read it.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

 
Anonymous arnolfo said...

For the last few years running had become a real pain and yet I really love to get out and run. Every year I plunked down more money for the super padded, air-cushioned, gell-inserted, running shoe and every year I still needed to run with a handful ibuprofen.
Well, not this year. After reading the "Born to Run" book I was both overwhelmed with new hope and super inspired by the message of how we are designed to run. I'm tossing the nike's aside and getting the strength back into my feet before Spring hits.
Special thanks to Barefoot Ted for putting up this site and sharing his expertise on the real way to run...barefoot. Brilliant.
Ted, I'm gonna give it a try...but wonder if I should start with some kind of flat sole shoe and work my way barefoot? It's gonna feel really weird I bet.....

Thanks again!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

So, you wanna start running barefoot or minimally?

Before you do, realize you are most likely in the process of rehabilitating your feet and legs from years of being differently-abled.

The first key is to start slowly and avoid over-exuberance!

The 3 main things I emphasize in my coaching workshops are:

1. Gentle, quiet landings...ball-heel-ball. No hard edges, no pounding.
2. Quick cadence - 180+ steps per minute.
3. Stable upright posture and engaged core...no bending at waist, balanced head, core engaged.

You can use this same style to practice at a walking pace too.

My goal is to help people perfect a Persistence Hunt Trot...not about speed, but about smooth flowing sustainable movement.

Barefooting itself is all about mindfulness and presence. Running like a Monkey, not like a Robot. Aware of your body and your environment AT ALL TIMES. Listen to your body...learn to hear what it
is telling you. Adjust accordingly. Advance accordingly.

And be sure to join the forum: www.barefootted.com/forum

Share, ask questions, learn.

Best Regards, Barefoot Ted

PS. I hope to have a training video released soon that cover my Introduction to Barefoot Running.

PSS. I also do telephone consulting...http://barefootted.com/schedule.html

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

So, you wanna start running barefoot or minimally?

Before you do, realize you are most likely in the process of rehabilitating your feet and legs from years of being differently-abled.

The first key is to start slowly and avoid over-exuberance!

The 3 main things I emphasize in my coaching workshops are:

1. Gentle, quiet landings...ball-heel-ball. No hard edges, no pounding.
2. Quick cadence - 180+ steps per minute.
3. Stable upright posture and engaged core...no bending at waist, balanced head, core engaged.

You can use this same style to practice at a walking pace too.

My goal is to help people perfect a Persistence Hunt Trot...not about speed, but about smooth flowing sustainable movement.

Barefooting itself is all about mindfulness and presence. Running like a Monkey, not like a Robot. Aware of your body and your environment AT ALL TIMES. Listen to your body...learn to hear what it
is telling you. Adjust accordingly. Advance accordingly.

And be sure to join the forum: www.barefootted.com/forum

Share, ask questions, learn.

Best Regards, Barefoot Ted

PS. I hope to have a training video released soon that cover my Introduction to Barefoot Running.

PSS. I also do telephone consulting...http://barefootted.com/schedule.html

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

 
Anonymous arnolfo said...

Thanks for the tips Ted. I'm currently getting as much good information as I can and will heed your advice to start slowly.

a-

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

 
Blogger Okakura said...

Ted: Just finished the book and was blown away. You are one visionary dude!

Question: I was a pretty good miler when I was a kid (4:20's) and ran with good form on thin spikes.

Fast forward to the age of 45 (& seventy pounds heavier) and am starting to run again. My problem is that no matter what I do form-wise (ball-heel roll), I suffer routine calf muscle pulls. Pre & post-stretching don't seem to help. Seems even worse when I use the treadmill - which I despise doing anyway.

Any suggestions?

Monday, March 22, 2010

 

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