66 BOOK Born to Run (2009)

January 23, 2024

Christopher McDougall (United States, 1962)

“In terms of stress relief and sensual pleasure, running is what you have in your life before you discover sex.”

There’s something I’ll forever be grateful to live for: giving a mom who, at the age of 11, would wake me up at 4:30 am to go for a run. Not because she was a dictator, quite the opposite—she’s the most relaxed person I know. We did it for the joy of running, seeing the sunrise, and feeling alive. That’s how I grew up, and running has been one of my best tools for enjoying this life, not sinking in tough times and imagining possibilities, but above all, it’s what I turn to when I need to reconnect with myself.

“Born to Run” came into my life many years ago; I read and reread it whenever I can or need to. One of my best friends recommended it while we ran and laughed at its adventures. Now, he runs in the sky, but this book is one of the many precious gifts he left me.

I LOVE this book because it grounds me and keeps me from getting lost in the “trend” of running with a thousand gadgets or competing. It gives me that energy that reminds me running is about feeling alive, it’s my moment to FLOW. It has also taught me to appreciate my roots more and value the Tarahumara people’s incredible culture. They are true athletes with impressive physical abilities, but above all, pure and simple souls.

Every page makes me reflect on how running has been distorted. Shoe companies release supposedly miraculous products that, in reality, cause more injuries. Our bodies are perfect for running, but paradoxically, we are one of the most sedentary species.

Years ago, in a marathon, I saw Arnulfo Quimare in action. He’s a Rarámuri born to run; his style is breathtaking, as if floating in the air, and his smile while running is the best. He wasn’t competing, just enjoying.

Even though I run much less now, I enjoy it a lot because I’m fortunate to go with my fav human, who creates shapes with the shadows and lights of the sunrise. I hope you gift yourselves this book and try running barefoot—it’s a true pleasure!

“The good walker leaves no trace.”

Words that resonate with me:

  • “Do you know what kind of nerve endings are in your feet? The same ones that interconnect your genitals, your feet are like a fishing bucket full of sensory neurons…”
  • “A researcher has speculated that with so many generations of honesty, the Tarahumara brain was chemically incapable of producing lies.”
  • “As race day approaches, the Tarahumara don’t train or reduce their distances as part of their preparation, they don’t stretch or warm up; they just approach the starting line, make jokes… and then run like the devil for the next forty-eight hours.”
  • “The true secret of the Tarahumara: ‘They would never forget how much they loved to run.'”

Thank you for reading.

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