Born to Run: a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has never seen
by Christopher McDougall
Runner's World magazine sent journalist Christopher McDougall on an assignment of a lifetime. The Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyons in Mexico are a reclusive tribe who can outrun any other person alive. They do not professionally train. They do not eat high protein, low carb diets. They do not warm up. They are drunk most of the time--and they can run for days on end. They are considered the best conditioned runners in the world. Elite runners from all over the country attempt to beat the unbeatable. McDougall, who is also a long-distance runner, begins an intriguing and dangerous quest to unravel the mystery of running.
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Disussion Questions (http://blog.ptpi.org/2011/10/06/discussion-questions-for-born-to-run/)
1. Why do you think the group from the US decided to take part in the endurance race in Mexico’s Copper Canyon even though it was a risky endeavor?
2. Born to Run explores the life and running habits of the Tarahumara Indians, which the author describes as the greatest distance runners in the world. What lessons did you learn from the book?
3. What do you think of the premise that humans are literally ‘born to run?’ Did the author do a good job in proving this premise in the book?
4. Which character of the book did you like best and why?
5. What is the most challenging endurance race you have participated in to date? Did you experience any of the same thrills described in the book?
6. After reading Born to Run, what is your impression of long-distance runners? Do you believe they have ‘superpowers’ as the author states?
7. After reading the book, what is your stance regarding running in expensive, high quality shoes versus running barefoot?
8. What philosophy or ways of thinking mentioned in the book will you take away and carry with you?
9. Do you think that running becomes more popular during hard economic times because people are literally “running away from their problems” like Born to Run author Christopher McDougall says?