Born to Run

By Christopher Mcdougall

Brief Overview

Christopher sets out in the desert of New Mexico and search of a tribe called the Tarahumara, that he believes holds the key to many unanswered questions about running. He discovers that the tarahumara can run for 100-150 miles with no injury and rest better than the best distance runner in America when their stuck in the past. Christopher in discovering what the tarahumara has known for 100s of years, never loose sight of who we are and to enjoy running. “That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they'd never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind's first fine art, our original act of inspired creation.”(McDougall)


I liked the chapter on Human Evolution a lot and I felt like what he was saying was very probable. I also was inspired to try and go on runs barefoot.

Key Ideas

Barefoot Running

The Books starts with the question, why does my foot hurt? After no answer Christopher sets out to find the answer. In the process he releases that the issue was his running shoes and that it is healthier to run bare foot. He saids that after all this time of evolution our feet are made to run and not with shoes. "Just Move your legs. Because if you don't think you were born to run, you're only denying history. You're denying who you are." (McDougall)

Human Evolution

In born to run the author brings up the idea that we are "Born to Run". Meaning that as a species running is what comes naturally. We are the only animal who sweats, therefore able to cool ourselves off and run much father distances. Christopher comes to the conclusion that we are a herd animal and that in order to survival we had to chase down and tried out our prey.

Who would like this book?

People with an active lifestyle and enjoy to run. As well as those who look to get more involved with running and exercise in general.