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Notes from April

October 5, 2009

Born to Run!

Born to Run
Authored by Chris McDougall

April with Born to Run author Chris McDougall - may my running be forever changed!

April with Born to Run author Chris McDougall

Below is an excerpt from his book I felt compelled to share.

To set the stage:  Coach Vigil (a real character in Chris’s book) is an elite College cross country coach with 26 national titles & was named College Nat’l Coach of the Year a record 14 times.  He’s sitting in the woods at 4am waiting to catch a glimpse of the Tarahumara pack (& a female science teacher who’s trying to beat them) racing the Leadville Ultramarathon.  Then he sees them…

“SUCH A SENSE of joy!” marveled Coach Vigil, who’d never seen anything like it, either.”  Glee and determination are usually antagonistic emotions, yet the Tarahumara were brimming with both at once, as if running to the death made them feel more alive.

“How do you flip the internal switch that changes us all back into the Natural Born Runners we once were?  Not just in history, but in our own lifetimes.  Remember?  Back when you were a kid and you had to be yelled at to slow down?  Every game you played, you played at top speed, sprinting like crazy as you kicked cans, freed all, and attacked jungle outposts in your neighbors’ backyards.  Half the fun of doing anything was doing it at record pace, making it probably the last time in your life you’d ever be hassled for going too fast.

Born to Run author runs with the Game Day Run crowd.  UGA vs LSU

Game Day Run 10.3.09 with Chris McDougall

That was the real secret of the Tarahumara:  they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running.  They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation.  Way before we were scratching pictures on caves or beating rhythms on hollow trees, we were perfecting the art of combining our breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild terrain.

Perhaps all our troubles-all the violence, obesity, illness, depression, and greed we can’t overcome-began when we stopped living as Running People.  Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way.

What an amazing experience this weekend meeting Chris!  I cannot put this book down & would love for all of you to read it!  It’s more than just a book about running.

WoW!…more than just a workout!


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