Analysis Of Christopher Mcdougall's Born To Run

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On May 5, 2009, Christopher McDougall published Born to Run. McDougall had many disappointed doctor consultations and ineffective treatments after he suffered repeated foot injury. This led to the search of the Tarahumara; a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners. McDougall writes about the Tarahumara Indians that live in Mexico and their superhuman ability to run hundreds of miles without getting injured. McDougall proves that genetics is not the sole reason that makes the Tarahumara super athletes, but the simplicity of their lives and how our bodies are born to run.
Running, for the Tarahumara is integral to everything they do. Their societal structure depends on the strategic formation in running regarding their social rank. This
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There are two teams with two wooden balls, each about the size of a baseball. One member of each team takes a wooden ball and kicks the ball ahead. The members of that team then chase after the ball, pick it up then kick it again. They would end up running 4 miles minimum. “We say the rarajipari is the game of life, ' Angel said. 'You never know how hard it will be. You never know when it will end. You can't control it. You can only adjust.”(McDougall 41). Games are viewed differently in the United States compared to the Tarahumara. The Tarahumara don’t have set rules or officials that control the game. They adjust their games to their liking. “No one really seemed to care who won; there was no arguing, no showboating, and, most noticeably, no coaching” (McDougall 42). The Tarahumara are not competitive, they are just playing for …show more content…
Running outside has evolved into running on gym’s treadmill to burn calories. Runners who run for the enjoyment are buying new shoes and the most recent GPS watches. The sport of running has lost its true meaning of the freedom of connecting with nature and the most important; the means of survival. McDougall learned that all the complex technology we process are the source of our problem. Running shoes have become more cushioned with a more high-tech material. Rather than improving our runs, these more cushioned running shoes seem to worsen them. The latest running shoe in the stores is causing the average runner to land in a continuous unnatural position, causing more harm over the long haul than good. Our bodies are made to run: our feet and the more simple our technology is, the better well become. McDougall learned that we could overcome injuries by modeling the Tarahumara runners. He believes that modern cushioned running shoes are a major cause of running injury, pointing to the thin sandals called huaraches worn by Tarahumara

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