Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Finally a book about running that didn't bore me to tears and took me on a wild journey. Thank you Jo for recommending this book to me. I am no "writer" and really wish I could write a review to do this book justice. All I can say is this:
F*cking brilliant, what a ride! I am no ultra-runner but I know that feeling I get myself when I run, like pure ecstasy ... magic. McDougall captures the spirit and releases it with such gusto that it gets you tingling from the core. Addictive. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. Inspirational.
There is so much more I would love to write about this book and share (my copy is scattered with scribbles and dog-eared pages now on points I want to remember) but I am still processing it. Just read it! I promise it will inspire you, runner or not.
McDougall does not alienate readers either like some running books do. He makes you believe that anyone can be an ultra-runner but only if they put in the training hours of course.
McDougall also mentions one of my favourite bloggers in the book - Catra aka Dirt Diva - as the kaleidoscopically-tattooed Goth chick who ran 211 miles (340kms!) and ran back, just for fun. Inspired.