By: Ayush Jain (LT-MHPS)
You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.
The above quote from the book aptly captures the theme of this masterpiece authored by Christopher McDougall.
Born to Run is one of the best books one can read when it comes to running, specially endurance running. As the title suggests, the book’s plot revolves around the mysterious and secretive tribe of the “Tarahumara” people castled in the unexplored and treacherous landscape of the Copper Canyons in Mexico. In his quest to get to the root cause of his foot injury, the author stumbles across this primitive tribe of people who have endurance running built into their blood.
The Tarahumara also know by the name of “Raramuri” or the Running People are the greatest runners history has ever seen. These people can run hundreds of miles at a stretch (be it children or even the aged well past their prime), running barefoot without any sophisticated running implements that we use in modern times.
The author tries learn about the secrets and traditions of the Tarahumara adopted over centuries as he tracks them through some historic races. While the story builds up around ultra runners, the author also tries to explain running as an inherent feature in the human anatomy from an evolutionary standpoint.
As the author tries to demystify the Tarahumara, there is an amazing race in the making. Pitting some of the best ultra runners of the modern times against the seasoned Tarahumara, this race of epic proportions through the perilous terrains of the Sierra Madre, makes for the perfect ending !!
A must-read book which you will find it hard to put down, this is a pulsating story which will make you appreciate the sheer joy of running!