This Post is Not About Food

Hear me out on this one.

I just read the best, most fascinating book I believe I have ever read.

Yes, that is a bold statement. Yes, it may not be everyone’s favorite book. But yes, this book will teach every human being something.

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall made an incredible argument that humans are not “The Walking Man” but instead “The Running Man.” If any book will convince you to get off of your bum and onto your feet, this will be the book. If any book will convince you to try running barefoot, or eating less processed foods, or being compassionate, this will be the book.

Some points I took away from the text:

“Instead of cringing about fatigue, you embrace it. You refuse to let it go”

“You don’t stop running because you get old. You get old because you stop running”

“Eat like a poor person”

“Because I was eating lighter and hadn’t been laid up once by injury, I was able to run more; because I was running more, I was sleeping great, feeling relaxed, and watching my resting heart rate drop.”

“As long as we keep sweating, we can keep going”

“Know why people run marathons?…Because running is rooted in our collective imagination, and our imagination is rooted in running. Language, art, science, space shuttles, Starry Night, intravascular surgery; they all had their roots in our ability to run. Running was the superpower that made us human–which means it’s a superpower all humans possess”

“We’ve taken away the jobs our bodies were meant to do, and we’re paying for it”

“Just move your legs. Because if you don’t think you were born to run, you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.”

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2 thoughts on “This Post is Not About Food

  1. Adam says:

    I thought this book was fantastic too. In addition to the great life/health/motivational takeaways you mentioned, the story of the famous underground race in Copper Canyon, Mexico was captivating. It has made me think about my running too. I haven’t gone so far as barefoot running, but I have embraced a more “natural” running shoe and stride using Newton Running shoes. For anyone who isn’t quite ready to jump all the way to Vibram Five Fingers, Newtons are a great stride in the right direction.

    • Em's Bytes says:

      I usually run in Brooks, but after realizing how much support they give my foot, I tried running nine miles in Nike frees (which are also probably a big marketing ploy, but they do feel lighter and less…supportive?). Anyways, my stride seemed better and though at first my ankles were sore, my feet quickly became comfortable. Such a well-written and convincing book

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