On the insistence of my Adventure Racing buddy, Dave Adlard, I bought a book.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
A fantastic read, even for non-runners. The author, Christopher McDougall, (video) is a master story teller. I was gripped by this true life story.
Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong. …
I listened to this book immediately after Dan Brown’s entertaining The Lost Symbol (my review).
It was crystal clear that Dan Brown is a hack compared with by Christopher Mcdougall.
Why is that?
I believe Brown is an old school author. Mcdougall an author of the future,
Mcdougall is a journalist, writing primarily magazine articles. This is his first book.
A magazine article must be instantly engaging. Otherwise the reader will flip ahead to the next story.
Christopher Mcdougall reminds me of Jon Krakauer, another magazine scribe turned author.
Bottom line: get Born to Run.