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Born to Run

Born to Run

Christopher McDougall

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Our Bodies Evolved for Distance Running

Our Bodies Evolved for Distance Running

Humans evolved unique anatomical adaptations like foot arches, Achilles tendons and nuchal ligaments that make us incredible endurance runners compared to faster animals.

We can tire out prey over long distances thanks to these evolutionary advancements.


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Running Provides Profound Health Benefits

Running Provides Profound Health Benefits

Regular running strengthens the brain, alleviates depression, bolsters the immune system, and protects against disease.

The act of running might be the most potent medicine we have, providing intrinsic rewards and the ability to make us feel joyful, empowered and free.


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Heavily-Cushioned Running Shoes Can Hurt

Heavily-Cushioned Running Shoes Can Hurt

Modern running shoes with excessive cushioning weaken feet and alter natural biomechanics, often causing injuries for runners.

Mimicking barefoot running with minimalist shoes can help avoid pain and run safely.


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Adopt a More Natural, Intuitive Running Approach

Adopt a More Natural, Intuitive Running Approach

Don't overthink running. Lean into your natural pace, breath and rhythm instead of rigid plans.

Be playful and intuitive like the Tarahumara runners, who run for joy rather than metrics. Follow your body's innate wisdom.


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Build Community Around Running

Build Community Around Running

Find a supportive running group that makes running social, playful and communal. We can rediscover running's natural empowerment through community.

Seek joyful connections around this primal human experience.


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Practice a Light, Forefoot Running Style

Practice a Light, Forefoot Running Style

Land on mid- or forefoot to use the natural spring of your feet and legs.

Take faster, lighter steps. Let your body fall forward slightly and allow a little wrist curl. This mimics barefoot running.


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Make Running a Lifelong Journey

Make Running a Lifelong Journey

  • Running requires patience, intuition and inner exploration.
  • Don't rush progress.
  • Embrace running as a lifelong path of learning and self-discovery.
  • Keep your goals flexible and enjoy the process.


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A negative mind will never give you a positive mind.


In Born to Run, author Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries and joys of running, and how this natural human activity can be empowering. He weaves in insights from evolutionary biology, anthropology, and his own experiences traveling remote parts of Mexico to learn from some of the world's best distance runners. McDougall makes the case that running might be the most basic human skill and outlines how it can improve health and reconnect us with our bodies.

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