The Denver Post called it “a tale so mind-blowing as to be the stuff of legend.”
Amy Burfoot of Runnersworld.com said it was “one of the most entertaining running books ever.”‘
And I personally found it to be an all-in-one kind of book. It had wit, it had adventure, it had humor. The present was perfectly intertwined with the past so that the whole picture painted itself right in front of reader’s eyes.
McDougall kept it real in Born to Run, not relying on the element of mysteriousness but rather telling out flat what he witnessed and digging deeper if he didn’t readily have an explanation. That’s what I loved about this book; there are no secrets kept by the author, he shares it all with his readers. McDougall didn’t have to share the running advice he got from Caballo Blanco, or what he learned from the Tarahumara. He could have kept the readers guessing without taking away from the story, but the fact that he lays all his knowledge out there for everybody to learn is what I deeply appreciate.
With just the right amount of humor and a splash of tension, Born to Run immediately became one of my favourite books and I know I’ll be re-reading it soon. My only regret is that I didn’t read it sooner – but on the other hand, maybe it came into my life just at the right moment.
More book recommendations:
Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home, Heather “Anish” Anderson
My Midsummer Morning, Alstair Humphreys