Un grand récit d'aventure, où tout est vrai, et un plaidoyer convaincant pour une philosophie qui a fait de nombreux adeptes dans le monde : la course minimaliste.
Pourquoi Christopher McDougall a-t-il mal aux pieds quand il court ? Pour répondre à cette entêtante question, l'auteur - journaliste et coureur de longues distances - part à la recherche d'une tribu légendaire et d'un mystérieux Caballo blanco, dans les replis inaccessibles des Copper Canyons, au Mexique. Sous la menace de narco trafiquants, au coeur de reliefs verti gineux où se blottissent des villages invisibles, l'auteur va rencontrer la tribu des Tarahumaras, et surtout découvrir un mode de vie qui révolutionnera le monde de la course à pied.
Formidable récit d'aventure, où tout est vrai, Born to run nous embarque dans un tourbillon de rencontres avec des personnages capables de parcourir 200 kilomètres sous 50 °C dans la Vallée de la Mort ou à plus de 4 000 mètres dans les montagnes du Colorado. En racontant quelques-unes des plus incroyables courses d'" ultra " de la planète, l'auteur nous plonge aux limites de l'endurance humaine, dans un plaidoyer convaincant pour une philosophie du dépouillement :
La course minimaliste.
Après les canyons du Mexique, l'auteur de Born to Run met le cap sur la Méditerranée et nous emmène en Crète, berceau de la mythologie grecque, où il va découvrir que les pouvoirs des héros de l'Antiquité ne sont pas inaccessibles au commun des mortels, comme l'a démontré une poignée de résistants pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Sur cette Île farouche, il marche dans les pas du peintre fauché, du jeune berger insouciant et du poète romantique qui, en pleine occupation, ont osé défier Hitler en enlevant l'un de ses généraux. Où sont-ils allés puiser l'énergie et le courage nécessaires pour accomplir un tel exploit et échapper ensuite à la traque des nazis dans cet environnement impitoyable?
Pour le comprendre, Chris McDougali retrace l'itinéraire de ces héros hauts en couleur, à la fois authentiques et ordinaires, qui ont su retrouver la force d'Héraclès, l'audace de Thésée et la résistance d'Ulysse sur le lieu même de leurs prodiges. Son enquête le mène également au coeur de Londres, sur les plages brésiliennes, dans les montagnes du Colorado où même en banlieue parisienne, où quelques athlètes avant-gardistes perpétuent encore aujourd 'hui les secrets des héros de l'antiquité.
Comme Born to Run nous invitait à quitter nos chaussures pour renouer avec notre nature, Héroïques nous pousse hors des salles de fitness pour retrouver le "mouvement naturel" ... et l'étoffe des héros.
When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special. To beat the odds, the tricksters-starving, aging, outnumbered-tapped into an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism. They listened to their instincts, replaced calories with stored bodily fat and used their fascia, the network of tissue which criss-crosses the body, to catapult themselves to superhuman strength and endurance. Soon McDougall was in the middle of a modern fitness revolution taking place everywhere from Parisian parkour routes to state-of-the-art laboratories, and based on the know-how of Shanghai street-fighters and Wild West gunslingers. Just as Born to Run got runners off the treadmill and into nature, Natural Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to dump the gym membership for cross-training, mud runs and free-running.
When barefoot running guru Christopher McDougall takes in a neglected donkey, his aim is to get Sherman back to reasonable health. But Sherman is ill-tempered, obstinate and uncooperative - and it's clear his poor treatment has made him deeply fearful of humans. Chris knows that donkeys need a purpose - they are working, pack animals - and so when he learns of the sport of Burro Racing or running with donkeys, he sets out to give Sherman something worth living for. With the aid of Chris's menagerie on his farm in rural Pennsylvania, his wife Mika and their friends and neighbours including the local Amish population, Sherman begins to build trust in Chris. To give him a purpose, they start to run together. But what Sherman gains in confidence and meaning is something we all need: a connection with nature, the outdoors, with movement. And as Chris learns, the side benefits of exercise and animal contact are surprising, helping with mental and physical health in unexpected ways.
A heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America. When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman's body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He'd heard about burro racing--a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days--and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado. Easier said than done. In the course of Sherman's training, Chris would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Along the way, he shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community.
The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run. An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits Americas best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougalls incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
Everything you've been told about exercise is wrong. The author takes us to research laboratories in Germany, an assault course in the Brazilian jungle and Parisian parkour routes, exploding exercise myths (such as that fat prevents fitness - it's actually a brilliant energy source) and proving these techniques can be used by anyone, anywhere.
The torchbearer of the barefoot running movement, sparked by his global bestseller Born to Run , Chris McDougall offers practical training advice for embracing the ultrarunning lifestyle. Co-written with long-time coach and running ally Eric Orton, You Were Born to Run teaches every runner, new or experienced, exactly how to change their biomechanics, clean up their diets, heal their injuries, adapt to healthier footwear, and prepare for their dream challenge. Fully illustrated with photographs of perfect form training techniques, strength exercises and perfect form progression, it includes: - A 90-day perfect run reboot programme - equally suited for complete beginners and veteran runners looking to restart and rebuild - A solid primer about food choices and the optimal athlete-in-training eating plan with power-up snack recipes - Incredible techniques for running with dogs and baby strollers - Advice on kit, terrain and building supportive communities around yourself Punctuated with tales about diverse runners from all walks of life, You Were Born to Run is the ultimate training guide for anyone looking to adopt this incredible lifestyle with Chris and Eric''s unique advice.
B>From the best-selling author of Born to Run, a fully illustrated, practical guide to running for everyone from amateurs to seasoned runners, about how to eat, race, and train like the world''s best./b>br>br>Ever since his phenomenal best seller Born to Run hit stores, Chris McDougall''s fans have been asking him for a practical training guide. Now, Chris is finally ready to make it a reality and bring together all the wisdom he''s collected over the years. Whether you''re ramping up for a race or recuperating from an injury, Born to Run 2 is a holistic program for runners of every stripe that centers around seven key themes: food, fitness, form, footwear, focus, fun, and family.;;br>;br>Here are on-the-run recipes for race-ready nutrition; a training regimen that will get you in shape and help you achieve your personal running goals; corrective drills to perfect your form from Eric Orton''s time-tested playbook; helpful shoe recommendations and a convincing case for going minimal; guidance about putting Eric''s tips into practice to maintain your form throughout your run; advice about how to bring the joy back into running, whether it''s alongside your dog or to the beat of your own drum; and suggestions for finding a running community of your own. Chris finally brings all the elements together into an integrated action plan--the 90-day Run Free training schedule--that gives you everything you need to prepare for a mile-long fun run or 100-mile ultramarathon. Full of helpful illustrations and full-color photos of the iconic first Copper Canyons race, Born to Run 2 is the perfect companion volume to the nationwide running sensation, for anyone who wants to get inspired about the sport again and learn the proven techniques to run smoother, lighter, and swifter.;