I am quite an avid reader and make my way through a number of books each year. If you follow me on twitter you will probably have come across some of my book reviews on Goodreads. I use it to keep track of what books I’ve read and what ones I want to read. I am also a part of a reading group that likes to do reading challenges throughout the year. Part of the current challenge I am doing was to read a non-fiction book. This is a genre a rarely read because I tend to read to “escape” reality but I do read non-fiction for the reading challenges. Given how much I have been running this year, I decided that I would try and find a book about running to read.
Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall was my pick for the challenge. I will admit I had never heard of it before I started to read it and chose it mainly because of the title. I found it started off reasonably slowly but after a few chapters I was well and truly drawn into it. If you click on the link, it will take you to a summary of the book so I won’t give my own here but needless to say that if you are a runner and haven’t read it yet then I recommend it. Also, if you aren’t a runner but would like to be then read it. It does have some controversial aspects surrounding footwear and diet, and some of the people featured in the book have since said they aren’t happy with the way they were portrayed, but you need to remember that for the most part the info is good and it has been written from the authors point of view and with his bias. Take what you want from it and forget the rest (much like parenting advice).
I loved that Born to Run confirmed a few of my own thoughts on running but also enlightened me about ultra marathon running; a topic I hadn’t wanted to know much about before now as I thought it “insane”. Matt has tried to engage me in conversation about it in the past and I brushed him off. But now I am the one initiating the conversations and I might even be able to get him to read a book for once (shock horror). I am also looking at how I can change my run to prevent injuries (like my sore knees last weekend) and also change my diet so I have more energy to tackle longer runs. I have been inspired by the book to start running further for fun, like I used to when I was a kid and I ran for the pure joy of running. And that can only be a good thing 🙂