Born To Run

Author: Christopher McDougall
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307271914
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The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run. An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

Summary And Analysis Of Born To Run A Hidden Tribe Superathletes And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen

Author: Worth Books
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504044045
Size: 11.37 MB
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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Born to Run tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Christopher McDougall’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter overviews Detailed timeline of key events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Born to Run by Christopher McDougall: Christopher McDougall’s New York Times–bestselling Born to Run brought the underground sport of distance running to the forefront of American conversation, spurring trends like barefoot running and chia seeds’ recognition as a superfood. Centering around two long-distance races, the second of which McDougall intends to run, the book is written in a distinctly Gonzo journalism–style. The author focuses on the Tarahumara, an ancient tribe of runners that lives isolated in Mexico’s Copper Canyons, but he also pulls in plenty of other characters, past and present, and explores the biological reasons we are all born to run. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

Born To Run

Author: Christopher McDougall
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781861978776
Size: 60.77 MB
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At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe's secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long.With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.

Natural Born Heroes

Author: Christopher McDougall
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307742229
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"Author of the phenomenal national best seller, Born to Run, Christopher McDougall now travels to the Mediterranean where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete and in the muscles and minds of fitness enthusiasts everywhere. While researching Born to Run, Chris McDougall encountered the story of Pheidippides, the legendary ancient Greek 'all-day runner.' Later, when McDougall met a dedicated amateur historian, he saw a connection to one of the most fascinating mysteries of World War II: How did a small band of Resistance fighters surrounded by German troops kidnap a top German general? What he discovered is that ancestral techniques for extraordinary endurance, natural movement, and nutrition allowed ancient Greek soldiers and Cretan shepherds to race across mountains on all-night missions. Inspired by their heroic acts, McDougall sets off to discover the lost art of the hero, both throughout history and across the world. Just as Born to Run inspired casual runners to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into nature, Natural-Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to leave the gym and take their fitness to nature doing cross-training, mud runs, parkour and free-running to bound--and climb, swim, skip, wade, and jump--their way to heroic feats"--

A Race Through The Greatest Running Stories

Author: Damian Hall
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
ISBN: 1781316864
Size: 53.67 MB
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A jaunt through running’s greatest moments, gripping endurance feats, inspired solo pursuits and a whole host of heroes, helions and legend-makers. From Paula Radcliffe's record-breaking marathon win to the birth of the gruelling Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, Kilian Jornet's tequila stop on his way to winning the Hardrock 100 to the Bangkok half-marathon U-turn that set runners on a much longer journey than expected, the Galloping Granny to Marathon Monks, running historian Damian Hall brings together some of the most incredible, iconic, and at times highly unusual moments from the world of running. With over 80 striking and unique illustrations by artist Daniel Seex, each inspired by the stories told, A Race Through the Greatest Running Stories is a sporting treasure trove of human virtue, vice and running trivia.

The Best American Sports Writing 2014

Author: Glenn Stout
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544301978
Size: 30.52 MB
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“Excellent . . . A no-brainer pickup for the sports collection.” — Booklist “An affirmation of the strong state of American sportswriting.” — Kirkus Reviews From more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications and, increasingly, the top sports blogs, Christopher McDougall, best-selling author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, hand-selected the very best sports journalism of the past year.

26 Miles To Boston

Author: Michael Connelly
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493054813
Size: 27.12 MB
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26 MILES TO BOSTON slips squarely into the running shoes and minds of the athletes as they traverse the 26-mile, 385-yard course of America's most venerated long-distance race. From suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to the center of metropolitan Boston, here are the mile-by-mile sights and sounds experienced by the runners. Interwoven throughout is the colorful history of the men and women of manifold skills who have competed in this preeminent event over the span of more than a century. Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps, 26 MILES TO BOSTON is a book for anyone who's ever wondered what it might be like to run the Boston Marathon.

The Great American Foot Race

Author: Andrew Speno
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 1629797979
Size: 11.48 MB
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This accessible and thoroughly researched nonfiction debut introduces young readers to a fascinating, little-known event—the Transcontinental Foot Race, which came to be known as the Bunion Derby. It is set in 1928, the height of the Roaring Twenties—a time of optimism, a time of excess, and the Age of Ballyhoo. Publicity-seeking Americans tried to outdo each other with outrageous stunts. Dance marathoners danced for days on end, pole-sitters sat atop flagpoles for weeks, trained athletes worked to beat records, and Charles Lindbergh made the first solo transatlantic flight. What could top this? Cyrus Avery, an ordinary Oklahoma businessman, teamed up with C. C. Pyle, the "P. T. Barnum of Professional Sports," to hold a transcontinental foot race. More than 100 men of all races and nationalities started the race in California and faced all manner of obstacles—from extreme weather to poor food and living conditions, to prejudice to injury—to make the cross-country journey across the United States, ending in New York City. This "Bunion Derby" pushed human endurance to the limits in an unforgettable show of "ballyhoo." This book is written in a folksy style that perfectly captures the mood and tone of the late 1920s and includes archival photographs, a map of the derby route, stats, a bibliography, and source notes.

Endurance Running

Author: William Bridel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317609387
Size: 22.48 MB
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Running is a fundamental human activity and holds an important place in popular culture. In recent decades it has exploded in popularity as a leisure pursuit, with marathons and endurance challenges exerting a strong fascination. Endurance Running is the first collection of original qualitative research to examine distance running through a socio-cultural lens, with a general objective of understanding the concept and meaning of endurance historically and in contemporary times. Adopting diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to explore topics such as historical conceptualizations of endurance, lived experiences of endurance running, and the meaning of endurance in individual lives, the book reveals how the biological, historical, psychological, and sociological converge to form contextually specific ideas about endurance running and runners. Endurance Running is an essential book for anybody researching across the entire spectrum of endurance sports and fascinating reading for anybody working in the sociology of sport or the body, cultural studies or behavioural science.

The Chia Seed Diet

Author: Bud E. Smith
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1615645314
Size: 61.87 MB
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Chia isn't just for pets anymore! Chia is an edible seed that is high in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 and is gluten free. People are discovering its many benefits, including lowering blood pressure, helping with weight loss, improving heart and brain function, and reducing glucose levels. In Idiot's Guide®: The Chia Seed Diet, readers get: 150 recipes for making delicious chia teas, smoothies, breads, desserts, sauces, and more. Tips on adding chia to just about any meal in a way that harmonizes tastes and textures. The optimal amount of chia to incorporate into the diet to maximize benefits and avoid possible side-effects. A two-week sample meal plan showing how easy and delicious it can be to incorporate chia seeds into the diet. Advice on buying chia locally and online, or growing it oneself, plus a guide to prepackaged chia foods.