My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really, really liked this book. It did, however, make me want to chuck my running shoes & buy a pair of Vibrams (or, as I usually refer to them, the creepy shoes).
The story of the Tarahumara runners was fascinating; add to that all the sciency (it is too a word) information about running (I especially liked the evolutionary biology bits) and the information about injury prevent & diet, and I was hooked.
I’m fairly certain that my enjoyment of this book hinged on me a) being a runner and b) being a trail runner; I would love to know if a non-runner would find it equally as fascinating.
I had planned on doing an ultra-marathon at some point in my life, and now want to work on my running technique and maybe do one this year (although not Leadville…I’m not that crazy).
The writing was pretty good, although since I don’t follow the ultra scene, there were too many names & people to keep track of, and I would’ve liked a cast of characters. The story was very straightforward, but was interspersed with all the “other” information, but I didn’t find any of that distracting at all. That kind of organization can be hit or miss, but in this case it was very well done.