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I recently read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall, an inspiring tale of an epic adventure pitting the greatest ultra marathoners you’ve never heard of against runners that might as well have been from Mars. There are dozens of stories within this story, all weaved together to make one heck of a tale. You’ll meet a mystery man, a couple of wild college kids, and a tribe of Indians wiho live nowhere near a regular highway, much less the information superhighway. Inside. McDougall asserts through stories that:

  1. Humans have tremendous natural endurance
  2. Everything we have learned about running is likely wrong
  3. If you’re not having fun, you’re working too hard

Obviously I’ve oversimplified this synopsis but you get the point. The book is as much about the individual spirit as it is anything else. I found myself looking forward to reading this book after work and thinking about its message on my long runs and even in my last Ironman event. “Run like a Tarahumara” I’d tell myself. I’ll tell you that too. If you’re a runner looking for inspiration this winter, look no further than Born to Run.

I am Born To Run.

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