By Christopher McDougall
An epic experience that started with one uncomplicated query: Why does my foot hurt?
Isolated by means of Mexico's lethal Copper Canyons, the joyful Tarahumara Indians of have honed the facility to run hundreds and hundreds of miles with no leisure or damage. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner, Chris McDougall units out to find their secrets and techniques. within the procedure, he is taking his readers from technology labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks throughout North the US, the place ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their our bodies to the restrict, and, ultimately, to a climactic race within the Copper Canyons that pits America’s most sensible ultra-runners opposed to the tribe. McDougall’s terrific tale won't purely have interaction your brain yet motivate your physique if you happen to detect that you simply, certainly we all, have been born to run.
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Less than half the field makes it to the finish every year. Not surprisingly, an event with more flameouts than finishers tends to attract a rare breed of athlete. For five years, Leadville’s reigning champion was Steve Peterson, a member of a Colorado higher-consciousness cult called Divine Madness, which seeks nirvana through sex parties, extreme trail running, and affordable housecleaning. One Leadville legend is Marshall Ulrich, an affable dog-food tycoon who perked up his times by having his toenails surgically removed.
Nobody cares if you’re a great three-point shooter in your backyard; what matters is whether you stick them on game day. And for a century, the Tarahumara had never competed in the outside world without stinking up the joint. Fisher puzzled over it during the long drive back to Mexico, and then the lightbulb flashed. Of course! Same reason you can’t grab five kids off a Chicago schoolyard and expect to beat the Bulls: just because you’re a Tarahumara runner doesn’t mean you’re a great Tarahumara runner.
Dumbass, as long as they got serious once the race started. The Pescador squeezed his team into the Chevy and hit the gas for Colorado. m. on race day, the crowd at the Leadville starting line tried not to stare as five men in skirts struggled with the unfamiliar laces of the black canvas basketball sneakers the Pescador had gotten for them. The Tarahumara shared a last few drags on a black tobacco cigarette, then moved shyly to the very back of the pack as the other two hundred ninety ultrarunners chanted Three … two … Boooom!