If you run / are thinking about getting into running, then this is the book you need to read. I’ve been meaning to read this for quite some time now – we’ve had it on our bookshelf at home ever since I can remember, but I never really thought about reading it.
So many people I know have read and loved this book, and I am so glad I finally read it.
Obviously it’s pretty hard to write a review about a book without giving it away – so apologies in advance for the vague explanation!
The book was written by Christopher McDougall and is a written account of his first hand experience exploring Mexico in search for the hidden tribe (the Tamahumara Indians – who are also the world’s greatest long distance runners). The book isn’t about long distance runners that cover the standard long distance marathons (26.2 miles), but instead attempts to understand the secrets of ultra running – speaking and learning from those who regularly cover 50 miles or more in one go, comfortably.
If you’re looking for a new book to get stuck into, I will highly recommend this. It’s perfect if you are someone who runs, or are someone who is thinking about getting into running, but even if you hate running, you will find this book interesting. It’s about the biomechanics of the human body, the amazing things we can do with a little (or a lot of) determination and training, but also the simple pleasure that comes with pushing yourself to the absolute limit. (and also the dangers of getting lost in the wilderness in Mexico – which doesn’t sound like something I’m ever likely to do…)