A few months back, while participating in one of those #Runchat’s on Twitter, a question was posed about the use of earbuds by the folks @runchat and I responded that when I run, I listen to books via Audible. At the time, I was catching up on some business/training books attempting to further my career (which turned out to be a mistake btw) with audible and it was a good way to “run” and “learn.” Then, about a month ago, I spoke to a friend and he said that when he listens to the audible books, he listens to “stories” and was currently in the middle of “unbroken.” My friend was so enthralled with this book that he insisted that I borrow it from him. I said that I would take up his offer at some point but I was tied up listening to “Born to Run.”
Now I had downloaded “Born to Run” because I was trying to improve my running ability and continue my “run & learn” series. I had a good summer, training and completing three races and the Reach the Beach relay but felt I needed to do more and be better at it (even as I had put up 600 miles on the road). I read in a review that “Born to run” had some great tips and another friend said that it was well worth the the listen. So I downloaded it and began listening. Running and Learning.
Now you know a book is good when it takes you away from reality and puts you in the story as a bystander – to the point that you almost forget where you are and what you are doing. Years ago I read a John Grisham book titled “A time to kill.” Grisham’s details of the south, of the events and people, were so real, that it was hard to put the book down. I could almost taste the food he described and picture the emotions on people’s faces. It was all too real. And that was a fiction book! “Born to Run” was a true story and the author, Christopher McDougall, basically wrote it so well that the feeling I got from “A time to kill” was the one I was getting from this story.
In the book, the author looks for why the Tarahumara Indians, a secluded people in Mexico located in the “copper canyon,” were such great athletes (and runners). He covers a good deal about their history and the way they run (light footed and with little on their feet). He introduces the Leadville Ultramarathon to the reader and all that it entails. He covers his year of training for the “greatest race on earth” with Eric Orton and leaves plenty suspence in the book right up to the end! And all throughout this book, you feel like you are running through the copper canyon and part of an truly memorable experience with some the greatest runners in the world.
So over the past month as I have ventured through the copper canyons…I mean the streets of Boston and the Vicinity, I have begun to realize that running is more than an activity to lose weight. It is more than just a routine. It is a freeing experience where the 1 hour each morning let’s me experience the outdoors, rain, shine, cold or hot. It allows me to share the running experience with others via short runs and longer runs. It is a community full of great people willing to lend a hand. It embodies what that Tarahumara are all about and while runners outside the copper canyons are not as good as those in the copper canyons, they share the spirit of community. This spirit of community is what make it great to be a runner.
I think it is “time to run”
Thanks for reading