So, by mid-2009 I felt unmotivated and no longer derived the same joy from running that I had previously felt.
For Christmas last year, one of my brothers-in law (who of all my relatives has the most uncanny knack of choosing just the right gifts for people) gave me a copy of Christopher McDougall’s book, “”.
From the amazon.com review “Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.”
I immediately identified with the book’s author. McDougall is a big, heavy guy who had believed that he shouldn’t/couldn’t ever be a runner. His journey in the book and his scientific inquiries help him come to a completely new understanding of the origins of both why and how humans run and the simple pleasure that it can provide.
I want to offer a more in depth review of this book in time, but suffice to say I was gripped with the story and its message. It was just the sort of encouragement and motivation that I needed to get my running ‘mojo’ back.
Five years ago, I never in a million years would have thought I could run a half marathon. Now I’ve completed five. Last year, I would have said that I could never finish a marathon. Now I’m thinking, “Well… why not?”