Born to Run by Christopher McDougall: Book Review

Have you ever wondered why some people are just born to run? Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just curious about the sport, Christopher McDougall’s “Born to Run” is a captivating read that dives deep into the world of ultra-distance running and the incredible Tarahumara tribe of Mexico.

Sneak Peak

“Born to Run” is a non-fiction book that follows the author, Christopher McDougall, as he embarks on a journey to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara tribe, known for their remarkable long-distance running abilities. McDougall explores the science, history, and culture of running while also narrating his own experiences with running and injury.

My Take

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Born to Run” as it seamlessly weaves together storytelling, adventure, and scientific exploration. McDougall’s writing style is engaging, making even complex topics like biomechanics and shoe technology easy to understand. One of the highlights of the book is the vivid descriptions of the Tarahumara’s running prowess and their minimalist approach to running, which challenges conventional wisdom.

What Makes the Book Unique

One of the standout features of “Born to Run” is its blend of personal narrative with investigative journalism. McDougall’s quest to find answers about running not only educates readers but also inspires them to rethink their own running habits. The book also sheds light on the commercialization of running and the impact of modern running shoes on our biomechanics.


In conclusion, “Born to Run” is a must-read for anyone interested in running, adventure, or exploring human potential. McDougall’s storytelling, combined with the fascinating insights into the world of ultra-distance running, makes this book a compelling and informative read. I highly recommend “Born to Run” to both seasoned runners and those looking to start their running journey.

Rating: 5 stars

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