Book Notes: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am runner. I didn’t start until age 50, so I am making up for lost time. I just finished a fascinating book on running by Christopher McDougall. It is called Born to Run. At the end of this post, I will tell you how to get a copy free.

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McDougall begins his book with the question that almost all recreational runners inevitably ask, “Why does my foot hurt?” I have personally suffered through bouts of plantar fasciitis and a pulled Achilles tendon. What I didn’t realize until I read this book is that 70% of all recreational runners will experience at least one running injury every year.

In McDougall’s case, his doctors told him he should stop running. According to them, he wasn’t really built for the sport and should consider doing something else to stay in shape. He didn’t really like that answer, so he embarked on a quest to see if he couldn’t solve his problem.

Over the next several months, he interviewed endurance runners, sports physiologists, and even anthropologists. He also discovered the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico’s Copper Canyon. These indigenous people are renown for their ability to run long distances—often 50–200 miles at a time! It is not unusual for them to run into old age, some even running into their nineties. Yet, they rarely experience running injuries and seem to love traversing extreme terrain.

In stark contrast, he took an objective look at modern runners and, in particular, the modern running industry. What he discovers is startling. For example:

  • 25% of all the bones in your body are in your foot. It is an engineering marvel, unrivaled in the animal world.
  • Running injuries were essentially unknown until the invention of the modern running shoe in 1972.
  • Not only is there a direct correlation between running shoes and running injuries, the more expensive the shoe, the more likely you will be injured.

The solution that McDougall discovers is at once both simple and obvious. I won’t give it away in this review because it is in large part the focus of the book. Let’s just say that it has turned my running world upside down. I have realized that most of what I believed about running was completely wrong-headed.

Thanks to the good people at Knopf Publishers, I have 24 copies of the book to give away. To get a chance at snagging one, you must take the following two actions:

  1. Leave a comment below. Tell me why you want this book. C’mon: be creative.
  2. Fill out your shipping information in the special form I have set up for this book.

On Wednesday, I will select 24 people, based solely on my arbitrary and subjective evaluation of their comments. If you are one of those selected, I will notify you via email. If you don’t hear from me, you can assume you didn’t make the cut.

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  • Megan Strange

    Hey Michael

    Thanks for your post about Born to Run…especially thank you for the twitpics of the weird shoes that you purchased to run in. I will have to agree with your daughter…they do make you look like you have gorilla feet.

    I would like a copy of Born to Run because I am interested in reading stories about people who realize what they are born to do. No matter what other things they try or explore, they always keep coming back to that one thing that they were created to do. I enjoy running and know that I would enjoy the mechanics of this book, but more than that, I look forward to reading the principles of getting through all the junk just to focus on what you were born to do.

  • perry coghlan


    At the age of 56 I have I would like to learn where I went wrong (ran the cartlidge outta my knees) and how I can help counsel younger runners to avoid my circumstance. I am a runner at heart though not in fact anymore.

    Perry Coghlan

  • Aaron

    Hey Michael, I'd like a copy of Born to Run because of my great love for Springsteen :P

    Actually, I find the topic fascinating, particularly the correlation between the modern running shoe and foot injuries. I've had injuries in the past and would definitely like to see how they're related.

  • Diane

    Hi Michael, I have enjoyed reading your tweets and follow your blog. I bought the audiobook of "Born to Run" after reading your comments on the book.

    I would love a copy of the actual book so that I could make notes and underline interesting information. Such as chia seeds and "pinole". I actually bought chia seeds based upon the information given in the audiobook. I have already told many friends about the book and several have bought it. I also would love to read over the statistic and information given for the reasons not to buy running shoes. I bought a pair of VFF KSO's for running on my treadmill. I run about 10 miles a week. I might even give the book as a gift to a friend who already has running issues which will enlighten her on maybe why her feet hurt. I really enjoy how you stay connected. Thanks

    • @sparrowrose

      Hey, Diane: I've been eating chia seeds for about a year now and I definitely recommend them. I can actually notice a difference in performance on days I add a few tablespoons of soaked chia seeds to my morning smoothie versus mornings I skip the chia seeds.

      I soak 1/3 cup of seeds in 2 cups filtered water for about 15 minutes to make a gel and then put it in the fridge to scoop from on a daily basis.

  • M John Bollinger


    I’d like to get a copy of the book because I’d like to start running. From what you wrote we may be of similar ages. I’d like to start out in a right way and avoid the pitfalls of what you described aboutalmost guaranteed foot pains. Everyone form the Governor on down has talked to me about starting running. This may just be the time to start.

  • Cary Branscum

    Here’s the deal. I’m 57 years old, and while I’ve walked for long distances, I’ve done that because I broke my foot training for a 10K back in the 80s, nothing glamorous, just stepped into a hole. For the past three years, I’ve not taken any exercise. My last kid is now grown and off to college, and I feel like a 12 year old and happy, ‘cept I’d love to start running again, but afraid to injure myself. If you’ve got any ideas, I’m glad to hear them, thinkin’ this book might help. I also signed up and got a Don Miller book but didn’t leave my address so I didn’t get that one, no big deal. I can buy it anywhere soon, but I’d love Born to Run.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Fifty-seven is young. In the first half marathon I ran, I got passed by a guy whose t-shirt said, "88 and still running." Wow!

      • Julie Brown

        That's awesome! My husband loves seeing all the older runners in the races and says that's going to be him :-) Running forever! I love that!!!

        • Julie Brown

          Ok now why does this work and my other comments wouldn't?!!

  • Melody

    I would like a copy of Born to Run because I went to my Doctor with foot pain
    and was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and told to buy running shoes. I am never happy wearing them and would love to find out why they might be causing injury! Thank you for this post! Love and prayers Melody

    • Michael Hyatt

      I hate PF. I thought my running was over when I got it. If only I had had this book then!

  • Paul Steinbrueck

    Hey Micheal… ok, you've got my interest…

    I have always been a short-distance runner – 3 miles at a time to stay in shape. But 2 years ago at age 36, my 3rd child was born and I went a few months without exercise. I decided to train to run a marathon. I loved learning about marathon training and blogging about the experience (see… I suffered some foot injuries during training but pushed through and completed my first and only marathon about 18 months ago. At this point I'm not planning on running any more marathons mostly because of the time required for training, but maybe some day. In the mean time, I'd love to read Born to Run in between 3 mile runs. :)

  • Yvonne Steffler

    Hi Michael,

    I’d love to win a copy for my husband, Dan. He took up Marathon running at age 38, and is training for his 3rd one now. I am so amazed by this and so proud of him. I’ve been following your tweets about this book and thinking I should find a copy for him, as he loves to read about running too. Thanks for the great post, and the chance to win a great book!

  • @christyliz80

    I would not consider myself "born to run" at all. I have to work very hard at running, and I can come up with every excuse to not get myself out of bed in the mornings to hit the road. I run with my sister four times a week. I ran my first half marathon in March, and we're training to run another half marathon together in October. It's been part bonding experience, part exercise, and fully addictive. I would love a copy of the book because I think I'll identify with the author, and hopefully I'll learn how I'm born to run.

  • Kevin

    Honestly, I’ve always hated running. Growing up playing basketball, we ran for punishment (missed free throws or layups, bad defense, etc). I’ve wanted to get into running but can’t get through that piece of it. Maybe this book can do something to change my perspective and help me to lace up the shoes and get after it.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I hate that. I think that is how it is for most of us. Running was used as a punishment or certainly not something you did for pleasure.

  • Kelly DHouse

    What a great review! I am very interested in reading this book. I only started running last Oct. – trained for a 1/2 marathon as a personal challenge of fitness and faith. And I discovered it was FUN! I had no injuries and entered another race set for Dec. Unfortunately, as soon as I entered, my knee started giving me trouble. I'm currently laying off for a week or two, and then will start back light. I'm curious to see what the book says about the injuries – I've had people try to change my gait, my shoes, whatever. I'm especially interested in what he says about shoes since I just had to buy another pair of (ridiculously expensive) shoes do to my puppy's new distructive shoe fettish. My hubby (who just started running this past Spring) thinks shoes are a rip-off. He ran for miles in heavy basketball high-tops without problems for months. I finally convinced him to get a pair of good running shoes and 2 weeks later he had achilles tendonitis.

    So, needless to say, I find this book very intriguing and would very much like to read it! Thanks so much!

  • Mark Brooks

    Let's see why do I want a free book about running? It's August, I just returned from a boring three mile run in the humidity of Atlanta and I need a jolt to my routine. That fall marathon lies over the horizon and if I don't get in gear it will kick me in the rear! So, perhaps reading something inspiring will inspire me to shed some weight which doth so easily beset me and run my best. Hope springs eternal!

  • jacobfrank406

    I love to run – I just don't do it enough! I'm looking for something to reinvigorate me before the winter comes and sweeps me into that hazy gloom.

  • Jamey Bennett

    Twenty-five years ago, my parents took up running, and with a vengence. My other siblings had the luxury of loafing about for the first 13-16 years of their lives. I, on the other hand, grew up with a “chore” chart that included – you guessed it – running. I quickly grew to regard running as a chore (though many of my fondest memories are the dozens and dozens of races we participated in over the years). Once liberated from the chore chart I virtually elimated running from my life. Yet, most of my family has gone on to run multiple marathons (and my mom has even done marathons with no training).

    Now I am a member of a once a month running club. And that’s about all I do. I need this book to re-gain momentum for my running club, to fit in with family (beer gut), & to reclaim my mother’s motto, instilled in me when I was young: “You don’t quit til you puke!”

    • Michael Hyatt

      It was a running book that initially got me running. It was The Ultramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes. It was a very inspiring book. This one is just as good, if not better.

  • SpenceSmith

    ok… so i've been hearing about this book from so many people and now that i'm on the eve of ironman, i know i must read it!!!!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Knowing you, Spence, this will blow your mind!

  • janetober

    Medical speaking, I should be dead and my left leg should have been amputated. But thank God for amazing doctors that saved my life and my leg!
    Pre-accident, I was a runner for 10 years, (1 full marathon, 8 half-marathons, many shorter races) and all my docs (about 10) told me I won't run again.

    Born stubborn can be a good thing, plus I've been asking "why" my whole life, so step by step (involving 18 surgeries) I came back to running.

    This spring (5 years post-accident) I ran/walked 4.6 miles in a marathon relay! I now run 2 to 3 miles a few times a week and I'm interested in the book because, though I've had incredible healing take place, I want/need to do all I can to help my body be its best as it ages.

    (if interested in seeing the 'impossible' see pics of my leg at my blog)

  • Toni rambo

    I am 55 and at a point in my life that i need to try something i never have tried before. I would like to read the book and be inspired

    • Michael Hyatt

      This is a great time in your life to do it.

  • Joey Sparks

    I just woke up & my wife and I read our Bibles in bed. Now I’m checking my feeds in my reader–on my iPhone…all with my right arch/heel is throbbing from plantar fasciitis. Enjoyed the post, thanks for exposing us to the book.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I hated having PF. I struggled with it for six months. In fact, I wasn't sure I would ever run again. Custom orthotics finally solved the problem, but I think Christopher has an easier fix.

  • Nico Bacay

    Hi Sir,
    This is Nico. I would like to ask a copy of this book. I want to read facts especially those people who experienced the result of their studies. I'm not good in English, secondly it will also help me to improve my English writing by posting a review on this book. Hoping that you could choose me as one of those who want to have a copy of this book born to run. By the way I'm from Philippines. Thank you Sir.

  • Nico Bacay

    Hi Sir,
    This is Nico. I would to ask a copy of this book. I want to read facts especially those people who experienced the result of their studies. I'm not good in English, secondly in will also help to improve my English writing by posting a review on this book. Hoping the you could choose me as one of those who want to have a copy of this. By the way I'm from Philippines. Thank you Sir.

  • @DanielTardy

    I hate running. However, I love how I feel when I stop. I should not be a runner…my frame is too big and so is my belly, but I run all the time. I ran track and cross country in high school and then I in college I ran to the doughnut store A LOT.

    Since then I have have attempted to incorporate running in my weight loss regiments and gradually over the years I have continued to come down to a healthy weight.

    I’ve dealt with all the injuries that are common to running and have experienced the frustration of spending more money on shoes and gear and getting the same ol results.

    I have always wondered if we’d all just be better off running barefoot. What did they do before running shoes? Were we even designed to wear shoes at all?

    Looking forward to reading the book (even if i have to buy it).

    Thanks for the great review and cool idea for generating interaction on your blog!

    • Michael Hyatt

      You're welcome! It is worth buying even if you don't get one for free.

  • dancn_nancy

    I am almost 49 and currently in an attempt to take authority over my aging body :) I am often plagued with plantar fascitis as well as shin splints to go along with my knee and hip issues. I am certain the book would give me some insight running injuries and hindrances as well as solutions to alleviate them.
    Thanks for the book info!

  • Omar Hamada

    I HATE running.

    But I want to LOVE it. I used to run 6 miles a day in college, but now run only when chased.

    My wife keeps after me to run with her. She wants me to run the 1/2 marathon with her in April. I figure if you send me the book, I can put her off for another week while I read it. Maybe after I read it, I will enjoy running once again.

    Another reason that you ought to send me the book is that I'm one of those Sports Medicine docs (and OB/GYN) that helps people with running injuries. I'd like to get this guys impression of running injuries and their treatment.

  • Sparrow

    I am interested in the book because I suffered from plantar fasciitis so badly that I couldn’t go to class and could only go to the bathroom by crawling. It was not only painful, it was very humbling. In my case, the foot damage was caused by walking (~ 4mph pace), not running, and it set my fitness back a couple of years as I struggled through foot wraps, injections to my feet, custom orthotics (absolutely useless and a waste of my money), and finally came to an uneasy truce with my feet through Birkenstock dress shoes.

    Now my fasciitis and tendonitis are, provisionally, completely healed. I say provisionally because if I don’t keep up with the exercise that healed them, my feet begin to pain me again, hinting that I’m headed on a quick downhill slope to lameness again. That exercise was simply marching in place in my living room . . . barefoot. The one thing my podiatrist made me promise I would never do.

    Exercising barefoot strengthened my feet enough to be able to return to a walking program, albeit a very limited one and one that must always be balanced by sufficient barefoot exercise at home. Next week I will start walking in VFF KSO shoes — shoes designed to provide protection to the feet while allowing them to function as if they were barefoot. With the arrival of these shoes, I anticipate returning to the miles of walking I used to do before the injuries.

    I would like to read “Born to Run” because I have been led to understand that the author has discovered, through research and travel, the same revelation that I discovered on a personal level. I would like to be inspired by McDougall’s writing to continue with my quest for nearly-barefoot walking and, perhaps even to allow my feet to take wings so that I can run along the trails like the Tarahumara Indians, like the free and joyous running soul I was created to be.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I definitely think you would profit from reading the book. It sounds like you are on the right track. The book will provide a lot of inspiration plus science.

  • John MacAdam

    Dang it Michael left a clif hanger.

    Your description of the book intrigues me.
    I am a 23 year old struggling with motivation to consistently run.
    Being able to avoid injuries will be avoiding another temptation to quit running.

  • T.C.

    I found my way to your post from Shelia Mullican. I'm making a very weak attempt to follow her footsteps and start running in my late 30's. As you know she just did the Pike's Peak Ascent. Surely just coming to your blog post via her should merit me a winner…. surely….

  • Matt Wilson

    Hey Michael,
    50-200 miles! That is amazing. I just started running a few years ago and in Feb ran a full marathon. This book sounds really interesting. Love following your tweets!

    • Michael Hyatt

      I have a difficult time imaging those distances, too. Wow!

  • Jody T Fransch


    Thanks for this post and for the opportunity to own this book.

    Within the next month I will be returning back to Zimbabwe which is my home country. I currently reside in South Africa. I really enjoy cycling and earlier this year I competed in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour for the first time (this event is the largest timed cycle race in the world). Straight after the event I started training for the Two Oceans Marathon which was exactly a month after the cycle race. It would have been my first time to compete in a running event.

    Within the first week of me training for the marathon I developed an intense recurring pain on the side of both my knees forcing me to pull out of the race. I was deeply disappointed that I could not run.

    When I return home to Zimbabwe I will be leaving my bike here in South Africa because the roads there are really bad and not conducive for cycling. This means that I will have to try out running again as a means of staying fit.

    I'm really keen on owning a copy of this book and learning about the many insights and valuable information with regards to running.

    PS: I NEED all the info I can get out of this book to help me run away from the Lions and other wild animals back home in Zimbabwe:-)

    • @MichelleLMoss

      Your P.S. statement is absolutely hilarious! I needed that laugh!

      Hope you get the opportunity to win the book!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Your P.S. may be the deciding factor. ;-)

  • Bill

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. I’m interested in it because I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get into running. I’ve read your many tweets and mentions about this book and I think maybe this is what I need to get going.

  • Matthew botsford

    I can’t run. I have a brace and left sided paresis from a gunshot wound. Yet I probably run in symbolic manner as much as a marathan runner. I wasn’t born with this inability but I was born with the inate ability to finish the e
    race I just run a slightly different race than the one I began at birth. There sounds like some valuBle lessons to be learned in this book.

  • @rng888

    I want to make running a consistent habit. Having experienced the tremendous feeling of having trained and finished a half marathon ages ago, I want to relive the joy of running again. Nowadays, I run for a max of 3 miles and is rather uneven with my running schedule. But beyond the physical aspects of self-improvement, I'm also interested in the background of barefoot running. Perhaps it is the innate fear that I can only run so much due to feat of injury. I want to see the light of this "new" approach to running. It constantly amazes me how in the day and age, we are continually learning from people and civilizations we sometimes readily deem ancient. History truly lives.

    • Michael Hyatt

      It's ironic, isn't it. Despite all of our science and technology, we have a difficult time improving on the original design!

  • Link McGinnis

    I hate running. But, four years ago I experienced kidney failure due to PKD (Polycycstic Kidney Disease) which runs in my family. By the amazing power and orchestration of the Lord, I received a kidney from a slightly-known distant family member who is now a true friend. About 2 years later, due to the tendon-weakening effects of some of the anti-rejection medications that I must take, I blew out my left Achilles tendon in what would have been a marvelous front one-and-a-half flip on a campground diving board! Despite this setback and the constant battle against flat-feet and plantar fasciitis I know that I must press on. Because my four school aged kids need an active and healthy father I wake before them and do my best to run just a little farther around our neighborhood than the last time.

    I'm intrigued by your review because I've felt that I would always have to run in pain. Now, I think there may be a better way and I'm curious to see if this book will give me the push I need to continue the fight.

    This may kill my chances of getting a free copy, but I'll be reading this book with or without the free gift. Thanks for sharing this insight with me.

  • Rodney Zimmerman

    I started running less than 10-years ago at age 35 and since then have done numerous 10K’s, half-marathons, full marathons, two full-distance Ironmans, and am now training for my first ultra-marathon.

    During this time I have dealt with numerous injuries…mainly stress fractures. I think I have worked past most of them, but I always thought there must be something to a more natural approach to running. When you consider the amount of miles run by people with far less access to high-tech running shoes and other items without the amount of injury we experience…you begin to wonder just how beneficial is all this stuff??

    I would love to read “Born to Run.”

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yea, the running industry—and the media who depend on it—have to support it. What if they are wrong?

  • Felicity

    Thanks for the opportunity! I'd love a copy of Born to Run. My six year old daughter has mild CP; it doesn't keep her from walking/running, but it does leave her with an obvious hitch in her cute little step. I wonder if some keys to her rehabilitation might be in this book. (For me to read, of course, and share with her.)

    Also, I'm a mom of five (four here and one in Glory) and I'd like to see if running could unlock my inner athlete. OK – and help me drop a few baby pounds!

    What do you think? Am I Born to Run? : )

  • Kyle Waalen

    Hi, Michael,

    I'd love to receive this book so I can learn how to prevent injuries that may occur from the sport.

    When I was a sophomore in high school I went out for the cross country team. It was the third day of practice, and I noticed a sharp pain in my side. I figured I was out of shape and pressed on. Then we got ready to do running drills up a hill. As we sprinted up the hill I heard a POP! and then felt a sharp pain in right hip. I couldn't move. Turns out I had actually cracked my pelvic bone! It had to do with a combination of being tall and my growth plates not being fused together. People ask if I fell down. Nope. People ask if I ran into something. Nope. I broke my hip running!

    Since then I've always been a bit leery about running but would love to get back into it. Thank you for this post!

  • Daniel Bryant

    My friend Charles and I have just got back into exercising again – he got a gym membership and I took the cheaper route and just started running twice a week so far, and I'm shooting for 3-4 times this week.

    I've never really thought through the "right way" to run until lately. This has intrigued me more than I thought it would. The first time I started back running I felt so alive, so each time I run I strive to recreate that moment of feeling alive, that I'm striving for something and making things happen.

    I'll probably give the book to my friend Charles as a gift to encourage him with exercising, then I'll read it. Thanks for considering me!

    • Michael Hyatt

      It is interesting that we think we're just supposed to know how to run. Yet if we ski, play golf, or tackle any other sport, we take lessons.

  • Kelly

    I’m 49 and have avoided running because I have so many problems with foot pain. I’ve always bought the most expensive shoes thinking it would help, it hasn’t. I think I need to read this book.

  • Jack Hager

    At the risk of sounding like a brownnoser; I want the book chiefly because you recommend it. I am 62 (with the aspiration of being the oldest youthworker in America!) and have jogged, in earnest, for about five years…so a later start than you. My prayer/goal is to have twenty more years of effective ministry…so jogging is a bit part of my life…that's my story, and I'm stickin' with it!

  • Greg

    I have given up on distance running because of feet and knee pain. Would love to reengage and sounds like this book could provide a plan

    • Michael Hyatt

      It might work. I would be interested in whether or not it does. Thanks.

  • Mark Eldridge

    I too am an adult on-set runner, starting 5 years ago at the age of 48. I run for my health but also for my spirit as part of a christian ministry for runners, Last year I ran 6 half marathons and 3 full marathons. Like you I have also had my share of injuries. Currently, I nursing a herniated disk, praying to be able to hit the road again soon. Looking for that miracle shoe that will make me faster and keep me healthy has become my search for the holy grail, but I'm starting to believe that I'd be better off running barefoot. ____I am inspired by runners like Ryan and Sara Hall who use their athletic gifts as a platform to share their faith.

  • DaveCondiff

    Hi Mike –
    I too started running later in life (age 44) and am about to run in my 6th marathon. It has been a journey that has started after my children have grown into adulthood – and I usually run alone. I have read books by runners and have adapted training schedules to fit my own lifestyle. But talking about my feet and injuries is something reserved for my doctor (also a marathon runner).
    Born to Run – a great tile and potentially a book that could change my life.
    Thanks for writing about it and sharing "running bread" with a hungry soul.

  • dewde

    I'd like a copy of the book because I'd love to see my Dad run again. I know he loved it.

    peace | dewde

  • Angela

    I ran my first and only 10k in 2007. I've run two races this summer and am gearing up to run in the LIVESTRONG 5k in Austin, TX, this fall. I run for life. I run for health. And, mostly, I run for my three boys.

    I find solitude in running. I listen to music, reflect, and pray.

  • Susan Panzica

    I'd love this book for my son. He will be a college freshman and runs for the cross country team. My chiropractor husband and he have had long conversations about this very issue. My son is also a counselor at a cross country camp for high school students, so he shares his knowledge and experiences with others.

  • pastorswife

    Hope I'm one of the chosen because:

    – My passion as a pastor's wife and inspirational speaker is encouraging those who are 55 plus that it's not too late to try new things God has for us – like running!
    – I have bad feet; Born to Run might give me the solution.
    – I work for a Christian publisher and can only afford the books I get free :)

  • @MichelleLMoss

    Hi Mr. Hyatt,
    I appreciated your post and video commentary about running. The facts were intriguing and they represent basic truths that we have lost during the many years. People were well equipped many years ago to do some of the things we dream of doing. A sign of the different times , the way of technology, industry changes and the such has in some ways slowed us down.
    I would love a copy of the book, “Born to Run.” I have recently committed to running a marathon earlier this year and I have people cheering me on. I haven’t scheduled the actually marathon which I project to be some time next year. I have one of my mentees rooting me on and that’s encouraging. With the insightful nuggets in the book, I am sure it could get my running juices flowing and send me right to the track to achieve one of my goals.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    May your days be filled with much pleasantness and continued prosperity! God Bless!
    Michelle Moss

  • bdf

    I'd like to get a copy of the book. I'm not a runner. I want to see what the fuss is all about.

    I enjoy reading your blog!! Thanks!

  • Glynnis Whitwer

    Hi Michael – Thank you for the great information you share on your blog.

    I turn 48 in three days, and have a history of starting and stopping running. My husband runs marathons and I inevitably get all syched up when I go to the event and cheer him on. In the midst of the athletic excitement, I think I can do this thing called running.

    So the next week I get out on a track and within days, have talked myself out of it … again. "I'm too old." "I'm built for bearing children, not running" "I can't breathe, my head is going to explode." "I HURT"

    The negative self-comments have sidelined me again. Perhaps this book could give me a new start. I'd be honored to be included in your abritrary and subjective evaluation. Thank you.

  • carashow

    I'm on a journey to lose half my body weight. I started out at 275 pounds, a little over 2 years ago. So far, I've lost 100 pounds. I've lost these pounds mostly from running (and eating right). I absolutely LOVE running!!! I feel SO strong when I run!! But every time I run for more than 6 miles at a time, my knee and foot start aching. I've been stuck at this weight for the past year. I don't know how to get past it. So I walk because I can't run, which ISN'T the same. I really want to lose my last 40 pounds bad! Maybe this book could help get me back on the pavement and closer to my goal?!

    • Michael Hyatt

      I am always super impressed by people who lose that much weight. The amount of determination and persistence it takes are amazing. Kudos to you!

  • Donna Volkenannt

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for introducing your blog visitors to "Born to Run."

    What amazed me about your post, in addition to the great information about McDougall's book, is that you began to run at age 50. That's incredible! I used to run in my 30s and 40s but gave it up because I thought I was too old. You've inspired me to give it a try again–at age 61.

    Oh, and I would love to win McDougall's book so I can learn more about healthy running. I want to get back in shape and stay healthy to keep up with my grandchildren (aged 15 and 11). My husband and I have been raising them for almost five years and they definitely keep me running!
    Donna Volkenannt

    • Michael Hyatt

      Get this: on average, 19-year-old runners steadily improve until they are 27. That's their peak year in terms of performance. Then they steadily decline to the level of a 19-year-old again. Do you know how long it takes them? Until age 64. Yep. It's in the book!

  • Tom White

    Hi Mike,

    I'm 46 years young with two boys, 15 and 12 years of age, both of whom run track. I've been trying to get back into running myself so we can share more time together and of course, get back into shape. But I've suffered through many of the issues mentioned in your book review of "Born to Run" (sprained knee, torn iliotibial band, sore feet…) and have been told the same thing by both GP and sports doctors.

    I'm not looking to beat my sons in a race, but it would be nice to at least be able to finish one with them again!

    Love the blog by the way. Keep up the great work.

  • @EricaHami

    I find this information absolutely fascinating. When I was a freshman in High School I joined the cross country team on a whim even though I had previously never run at all. I enjoyed it for the duration of my high school career. Now a few years later (and a couple kids later) here I am desperately wanting to get back in shape and running again. I have been having issues because when I exercise at all my feet 'ache' and running is even more difficult. I am seriously considering investing in a pair of your Gorilla Shoes :) … I really want to read this book. I hope I get the chance. It might be just what I need to get back into running. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • @sharonsee

    So no one's too old to start running! The discipline carries to other areas of life as a habit that can be done anywhere under most any circumstances.

  • Breanna

    Hello Michael,

    Thanks for this opportunity! I would like a copy of Born to Run to give to my friend, Jonathan. I've known him since high school, and he's been through some very tough times, particularly when we were in college. He is on a journey of recovery and is reinventing himself, and I'm so proud of him. Now he's healthier than ever, and he LOVES to run. In fact, he ran his first marathon this year (I was waiting at the finish line!), and he's started cycling as well. I think that, in a lot of ways, running has helped save him. I think he'd appreciate this book a lot.

  • tymm

    Hi there.

    I would love the opportunity to read this book. I too run. Have for the last 27 years. Competitively for a while. Then sporadically. Then slowly again. Now moving towards competitively again – at least in my mind.

    However – now I run for a different reason. I have been to Africa on 2 occasions and both times God has moved my heart towards what moves His. On my second trip to that wonderful continent – I visited my son's grave. He passed away at 76 days old – but what a hefty, monumental 76 days they were. We left Ethiopia with our daughter, vivid images of our sons burial spot and our lives forever changed.

    How does this relate to running? I was inspired by our son Brighton's life to do something to bring awareness to the suffering these orphans have to endure – some without ever knowing anything different. And what better way to feel some suffering than to run?

    So I have partnered up with Running Hope (for now) to raise funds and awareness as I run 76 races in honor of my son – call it "Running for Brighton." I have done everything from 5ks to a marathon and am planning the first ultra here soon.

    So yeah. I run. For me. For Brighton. For orphans everywhere. Because I think it's one of the things God built me to do.

  • @barbrosmus

    Hi Michael,
    I'd love to read Born to Run if it could change my mind about running. I decided long ago I wouldn't be a runner because I've never seen one SMILING while doing it! In fact, they don't look happy to be doing it at all! So I don't run because I've never seen anyone enjoying it. I love being active: walking, biking, etc., and have toyed with the running idea but still waiting to see that smiling runner…..Thanks for the opportunity! Barb R.

  • GaryLP

    I too am not built to run, according to my doctor that has tried treating my plantar facitis. I have suffered with it for about 12 months and am trying to understand how I can overcome it and run again. The book Free to Run would really set me free to run and enjoy the outdoors. I was running in charity events to raise money for them (Mercy Childrens Clinic in Franklin) as inspiration to keep me running. But the injury as stopped that. I would enjoy the inspirpation the the book would give me to get back into a position physically to do that again. God bless you and your blog ministry.

  • Brad Coleman

    Great review. I would love to read this book. I have been getting more into reading about barefoot running lately. I have been reading a lot by Barefoot Ted, who apparently is in this book. I also have been running in VFFs, trying to overcome PF.

    I just signed up for the first annual Roanoke Marathon ( for next spring. Maybe this book will make a 26.2 miler seem less daunting.


  • rbostic

    I would like a copy because I heard about this book and have been to cheap to buy it. I am doing my first Ironman in 81 days and am picking up my milage. The book could help me see that finish line before the course closes and I am reduced to a crawl. Thanks,

  • rbostic

    I would like a copy because I heard about this book and have been too cheap to buy it. I am doing my first Ironman in 81 days and am picking up my milage. The book could help me see that finish line before the course closes and I am reduced to a crawl. Thanks,

  • Pam

    Wow–I am encouraged by your review of this book. I am an overweight mom who would love more than anything to enjoy a physical activity that can help with my weight as well as give me the energy I need to keep up with my kids. Unfortunately, every time I start running I develop painful shin splints that keep me from exercise. Help me to embrace my inner Indian!! Can't wait to read this book and find information on avoiding this injury in the future! If it can, it would be a real answer to prayer! Thanks for the information!!

  • Becky B.

    I started running a couple of years ago and it has become a big part of my life. Running has had a life-changing effect on me and has boosted my self-confidence. When I think about doing anything longer than a 10K, however, I begin to lose faith in my abilities. I want to tackle a half-marathon and would like to read this book in hopes that it can help me move to the next level with my running. Thanks for all you do to inspire us runners!

  • dburgin

    I enjoyed your book review on the book Born To Run. I would appreciate having this book and reading it as well. I was a cross country runner in High school. I found the information about the Tarahumara Indians fascinating.
    A book like this could very well get me excited about running again after many years. Thank you for the opportunity to post on your blog.

  • Christie Weehunt

    Honestly for me, I am an avid runner and have been since I was 16. It is something that has taught me a lot about life as well as my time to get away and pray. For me running is an integral part of my personal life. What intrigues me about this book is the opportunity to expand my view of running and the parallels in life.

    1 Cor 9:24-27 is one of my life verses: 24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified."

    I would love to read this book.
    I run to win!

  • Carol Anne

    My interest is piqued! I ran in high school while dealing with scoliosis. It was the only time I felt that I wasn't a weak person. Nothing compared to the feeling I had when I took that brace off and ran. Utter freedom! It has been many years since I have ran (my exercise has been mostly on a treadmill). I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 9 years and my youngest is going to school in the fall. I am at the point where I am ready to run full-time again. I am so excited to have that feeling of freedom again when I run. To be with my thoughts and have that time to myself – it's like the brace is coming off all over again! Don't get me wrong, I have cherished the blessing that these last nine years have been. I'm just ready for a little more balance. I would love to read "Born to Run". I can't imagine a better way to start this new chapter in my life. So to speak… :)

  • Graciela

    I am not a runner, but always thinking about starting and not knowing how to fit it in. However, watching your video, I got very interested about the people running in the Rockies, I think that is fascinating.

  • crystal_sea24

    Hi Michael! I'd love the book for my husband, who is an avid runner, and required to stay in shape for his job. He constantly complains of pains from running, and I would love to make his passion/ job requirement more enjoyable and less painful for him, if I could. I think the book sounds interesting too–who knows? maybe I'd read it too. :)

  • Forrest Long

    I used to run, that is until I ran into injuries from it, so I haven't for years. I walk. But I would love to get back into running and reading about you doing it and enjoying it has got me really thinking about it. And the book sounds exciting, something I need to read.

  • @karin_h

    I would love to read this book. I am a former runner who has been told by doctors that I shouldn't run because of my knees. BUT, walking is boring, and I don't really like riding a bike. I have longed to be able to run and hopefully this book would give me the information that I need to do it again. I currently have Acillies pain (have no idea how I hurt it) and am almost 44. I need to get in better shape as I feel like my body is much older than my age.

  • Clifton Ditmore

    YOU CAN'T TEACH AN OLD INDIAN A NEW TRICK! Good for them. They didn't buy into that expensive, new shoe for running. I'm 75 and my Dr. tells me if I want to live to be 76 I better start walking/running/moving. I want to learn how to keep 25% of the bones in my body (feet) from hurting when I exercise. Yes, I need this book to help keep me around to read and review Thomas Nelson books.

  • Eric S. Mueller

    Mike, your review really piqued my interest in reading the book. I admit, prior to your review, my impression of the book based solely on it's name was not very positive. I honestly didn't think the book would interest me at all.

    After reading your review, that has all changed. Learning about the history and technical specifics of running (as well as practical application) sounds fascinating. I used to enjoy running for exercise and would love to get back into it. This book, from your review, sounds like it could help me a lot. My wife was recently looking at those $109 shoes that are supposed to help women with circulation and fitness. I may have to get this book before we make any kind of decision on shoes like that for her.

  • Jim

    Michael, I thoroughly enjoy your blog and tweets. I would really like a copy of Born To Run. I turned 50 in June and have recently just started running again – I was on the track team in high school but did field events and avoided running any more than absolutely necessary. Now I am signed up for a 5K next month.

    My wife started running a couple years back, she never really did anything athletic throughout her life. She came in first place in her age category in a local 5K just a couple weeks ago – on her 50th birthday. She has been inspiring other woman to get out and run and several are joining her in some local races. We joke about her heading up the church track club.

    The injury issue is huge and I would really like to read up on what Christopher McDougall has to say. We just don't heal as quick as we used to and every bit of information and prevention will help.

    I was so inspired by your efforts at Thomas Nelson to get people out running in the half marathon that I am getting things in motion to do the same type of endeavor with our entire church body. The pastors are getting on board and I think it will happen in a Pittsburgh race next Spring.

  • Sandra Whitwell

    I raised a runner whose coach utilized bare foot training.

    Now I curious…I want to see if there is any help for my old feet.

  • Tessa LaRiviere

    Hi Mike,
    I am 44 and I too just started running a few years ago. In fact yesterday I ran a 1/2 marathon (my 4th) and finished with my best time 1:59:05. The run felt great I felt great. I also love the exhilaration that running brings. I was so pumped after yesterdays run that when I came home my daughter asked what was wrong with me. I guess they expected me to be exhausted but it was the total opposite. If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I would ever be a runner I would have said never, now I can’t imagine not running. I just registered for the Oahu Marathon in December, now the training begins!!
    I would love to read the book Born To Run.

  • candanceK

    Hi Michael,

    I enjoy your emails. I loved this post…I am intrigued now and I would really like this book!

    My husband and I ran our first Marathon in Phoenix in January of 2006. We ran in honor of our son, who was fighting through leukemia.

    I have since ran half marathons, and my husband is training for his 8th marathon since. We have fallen in love with running. It has helped us both through the difficult years our son was in treatment and going through extremely tough times. I am 43 now, running consistently for 4 years. I have to do it. It is my drug of choice! I am not fast, but I always finish.

    Thank you for the opportunity to tell our story, and also read this book. I would love to give this to my husband as a gift for his 8th marathon coming up in Toronto.

    Thank you!

  • crossn81

    I've been struggling with dreaded Plantar Fasciitis since February. I recently finished John L Parker's Once a Runner and it made me wish I could get out and hit the trails for a nice long run anytime I wish, but nope I'm stuck trying to rehab my foot while I'm supposed to be training for a marathon. I struggle with not being able to run and have tried pretty much everything imaginable to get my foot to stop hurting. I've heard alot recently about barefoot and minimalist running – oh to be able to give it a try.

  • srmbooks

    I ran track in school, then didn't resume running again till my 30s, during which I ran long-distance team relays like Hood to Coast. I stopped several years ago, and will soon turn 49. I hope to start running again by the time I hit 50. Perhaps this book will motivate me to get going again.

  • Tracy Atcheson

    I have recently list 41 pounds and would like to start back running. I think this book would be my tipping point of encouragement. Thank you for sharing online about the book's merits.

  • Will


    Thank you for the post- I have heard significant news about this book over the last 2 months, and I'd love to own it.

    Back in 2004, I started running more competitively, and I raced my first marathon in NYC in 2006. I've since run several marathons, and also founded the Cornell Running Club, which has now grown to over 150 members. We train 3-5 days a week, and help members prepare for their own running goals- whether that be a 30 min run, a 5K, 10K, 1/2 or even full marathon. One of the clubs recent graduates ran his first ultramarathon, and his efforts have inspired me to train for the same goal.

    I would like to own this book as I think the invaluable advice dispensed by Chris McDougal would shorten my recovery times between runs, and give me more confidence to achieve my goal.

    Thanks for the opportunity!



  • GregBaird

    Hi Michael, I'm a 45 year old Children's Pastor who just got laid off 2 weeks ago, so I have lots of time to run! :) Prior to that I had purchased a book on getting in shape for a 1/2 marathon in order to run with my non-Christian bro-in-law as a point of connection. He just ran the America's Finest City 1/2 Marathon yesterday and it's already proven to be a great talking point. I also just flat out need to get in shape!!
    Would love a copy of the book…thank you Michael, and for all the fantastic blog posts, as well. Your blog is in my top 3 consistently!
    God bless.

  • Matt D

    @michaelhyatt + "ultramarathonman" recommendation two months ago = me (@matthewdevries) back in the gym with new drive and determination

    me + "ultramarathonman" recommendation = wife back on the treadmill with new drive and determination

    free book "born to run" from @michaelhyatt + me + wife = running together and enriching marriage!!!!

  • Mark Paradis

    Mike – great post on an interesting book.
    Why I want this book……..
    I guess you could consider me a fair weather runner. I get motivated, run for a while and then taper off because my life becomes too hectic. I have followed this mad routine for many years and have yet to break it. I started again today after reading your blog post as motivation and with the hope and support of friends and family. Todays run was a feel good "get back in the saddle" type of run that made me VERY proud. This book would be a nice additional motivation to "keep the motivation flowing" or as my mantra now is…."Feet Don't Fail Me Now"

  • Phil

    I have ran two half's….but my wife is now talking about running. We are both over 50 and it is the last thing she ever considered. She has been working out consistently and her trainer challenged her to try running. She has NEVER been a runner. This may be the encouragement to get her to run "healthy".

  • Phil

    Opps! I would like to request a copy of the book for my wife. See above post!

  • Larry Carpenter

    Mike, enjoyed your post as always. Do you remember the second half marathon there in Nashville that I mentioned to you? It is the Music City Half Marathon (I've noticed that many people call the Country Music Marathon the Music City Marathon, but they are two separate events). The date this year is October 18th. It's limited to 1,000 participants. I've already signed up. If you are interested, you can google their site and sign up. I would love a copy of the book it they aren't already spoken for. I think you have my mailing address here at Standard but I will fill out the other form also.

  • Jeromy

    I'd like this book to point people to when they ask me why i'm running im ugly plastic gorilla feet (Vibram five fingers).

  • @dheagle93

    I'd like a copy of this book so I can read about running instead of doing it!

    Actually, I'm trying to build a running habit. I'm 100 pounds heavier and 16 years older than I was in PE in high school, the last time I ran. So, if there's guidance about how to run more naturally and avoid injury, I'd like to know it. Plus, I can probably persuade my wife to join me if I can show her it's a part of how we're made!

    Thanks for the review.


  • Tracy Atcheson

    I used to enjoy running, then over time I became a couch potato. I have recently lost 41 lbs and would like to return to running. I think the book would be an encouragement to me and help me avoid the pitfalls of inexperiece in running a few miles each week.

    I read your blog daily and appreciate the work you do to keep it lively and interactive. Thank you for your consideration of my request for a book.

  • Jean

    Why would I want this book? Because it's a FREE book and I absolutely love books! That's one reason….the other reason is that I'm a single mom who burns the candle at both ends and then starts in on the middle. Not looking for a gym membership to pay out on, but am looking at a way to stay healthy and do with my kids and I always thought running would be a great activity for all of us to start together. I'm also inspired by 2 things: 1) that you didn't start until age 50 and 2) the author's doctor told him he didn't have the right build for running and should do something else. Humph! Don't tell me I can't!

  • Mara Mattia

    I'm a healthy woman of 57 and stopped running about 5 years ago in favor of very fast walking! My neighbor, also about my age, began running marathons after a long recovery from a broken back. She's urged me to run with her and other neighborhood women early in the mornings before work – but my joints, my feet, my lower back…and the costly visits to the osteopath…ouch! Now I'm really curious. After reading a book by Joe Camp called THE SOUL OF A HORSE, I learned that horses do better without horseshoes because their feet are free to flex. And I noticed my own feet feel better after a day walking in flip-flops rather than running shoes. Could it be that we would all do better running barefoot like the toothless people of indigenous tribes of faraway rugged lands where they are too poor to have shoes or know about dentistry? I would love to learn the secret so I can run again and grow old actively! If you give me a free copy of this book I'll paint a free quick portrait of you or your wife (And post it on my blog, of course), and consider running a marathon with my neighbor! And I'll fit this all into my LIFE PLAN!

    Thank you for your inspiring posts!

  • DebRNOB

    I'm a walker who has always wanted to be a runner but hate the sore feet. I'm interested in the story and research this author did and would love a book to read about it. I recently researched correct shoes for Jazzercise class due to foot pain. The information was very hard to find. You either found shoe advertisements or articles that said 'wear good shoes' and didn't elaborate any more. With a brother who has lost toes due to diabetes and a mom who has had foot surgeries due to some genetic bone issues, I have foot problems in the family. I'd love to increase my knowlege and maybe be motivated in the mean time!

  • Christine

    Thank you for this post. I want this book because I am a pretty unlikely runners. I come from a long line of runners who all have the classic "runners' build": long and lean and small chested. Enter me: average height and an hourglass figure, extra curvy. And yet all those generations of runners left me the emotional echo of a love of running and I am always in some stage of a running program. But let's face it, this body wasn't exactly built to run so I usually also have some running injury going on such as a back ache from the super supportive jogging bra or a shin splint or a sore knee, foot, etc. I would love to read the book and learn what I could do to reduce my various running injuries. Also, I flat out love your blog and read it faithfully each day you post. Some people have Matt Lauer or Kelly Ripa to start their day; I have Michael Hyatt.

  • RickEy Lumpkin II

    Plain and simple, i want this book because i want to one day say, "i got a free book just by reading a blog". I seem to always miss out on the book opportunities. I used to run about 3.3 miles everyday. I would do it in whatever sneakers i could find at the time, and i too never had any problems. My main "take away" that i would hope to get is 1. Learn about the Indian running tribe. 2. to see how "rough" this language is.

  • fivehursts

    At end of 2008 – I was a "no way no how runner" – then, I got in a mood – started running – one mile at a time. I was blessed to finish my first half-marathon in April in Nashville (2:00:05 – YES!) – now, I am addicted. PROBLEM – I don't want to eat like I used to so I devour everything that I can by reading. I finished "Once a Runner" over my summer vacation – got to run across the Golden Gate Bridge – now I need something new to read. I would love to read the book then pass it along to some of my running buddies.

  • dariengabriel

    Started running @ 40 & want to run the rest of my life. It's good physically & reminds me of my desire to finish well for the Lord. Also think I could learn from these Indians dudes…tweet-on!

    BTW, my teen daughter & enjoyed your talk at The Gathering w/ Ted Dekker. She now feels like publishing may be her future. Her name is Kelsi.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Cool. I enjoyed speaking at The Gathering. It was quite an event.

  • StevencBradley

    I would like a copy of this book because our whole family used to run; now all have knee or foot problems, and the idea of being able to run again is great. My wife and I will both love this, so I'll probably buy it whether or not we get one free, but free is nice.

  • Matthew Benson


    I’d be keen to read Christopher McDougall’s book, primarily because I think I might actually disagree with some of the premise on which it seems to be based, per my understanding from your review above (at least why injuries happen), but am open to change my mind if convinced. I know this is a slightly more negative/controversial approach than many of your other commentators, but perhaps that will give it a little more spice/breadth?!

    In any case, I’ll happily post a review on my website, along with other blog posts from my own running experiences (including marathon training, in which I did indeed have to overcome a number of niggles/injuries), and (in the same way as for Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers).

  • @AudraKrell

    I would love this book because it would be good for all my souls. You know, the two on my feet and the beautiful blessed one God gave me.

  • @dlynchtn

    Hey Mike… I'm requesting a copy of this book not for myself but for my wife Kim. She's the "real runner" in our family. Yes..I've finished three half-marathons, but she "loves to run" or even "lives to run." It's in her blood.

    About 5 years ago she finished the Chicago Marathon. Then in prep for the Country Music Half she got a case of severe plantar fascitis. It took two years, a cast and ultra-sonic surgery to get over this. She got back and did the CM Half the next year and injured her knee resulting in surgery and 9 months of PT. She finally got back in running shape, began training and was in an auto accident where she was hit from behind (last Halloween) by a guy "looking for his cigarettes". The result of this lovely experience has been so far 10 months of ongoing neck pain and spinal fusion surgery. She has rehabbed to the point where she's beginning to run 3-4 times a week for short spurts.

    So…You can see after all this how much she loves it. And when Mama's happy, so am I. :-) Any book that can help her learn to run better and more healthly would be welcome in our home.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Allie Woodburn

    I am super interested in reading this book. Living outside the norm is always of interest to me. I am in week 7 of my "run/walk" program & am experiencing the emotional payoffs ie: empowerment, endorphins & eating!

    A plus for you choosing me is "no postage necessary" as I will run over & pick it up.

    See you at the park!

  • Jason Taylor

    You know I love to run because it's about 70-80% of what I tweet about, write about and follow. I've recently started doing more and more training with my Vibram Five Fingers and have wanted to read this book badly. Two things have kept me from it.
    1. The library waiting list is uber long and
    2. We are paying off debt so I'm choosing not to spend money on books so I either have to get them from the library, borrow them or get them free.

    The reasons I want to read the book.
    1. It's come highly recommended from several people I know.
    2. I love sharing with people and this would definately be a book that would be passed on so it would be a gift to more than just me.
    3. I've spent 2 weeks in Copper Canyon and would love to read more about the people. (I went on an REI tour several years ago and though we saw some of the Tarahumara, we didn't get to know the culture well)

    Thanks for doing this and for considering me as one of the 24.

  • lmilesw

    My son runs, has injuries, and uses expensive running shoes. He is only 30 and would love to give him some info that could reduce the possibility of more injuries.

  • Paul McConaughy

    Well…I can't run…barely walk thanks to arthritis. But I believe in people who are "Born for a reason" and love their stories. I'll also do everything I can to share my good fortune with my 600 wonderful Twitter followers and all their followers. In other words, I understand word of mouth and I'll do what I caqn to see that you get it!

  • Wayne Coussens

    Hi Michael,
    Thank you for your review of "Born to Run".

    I just turned 61 and was a runner for many, many years. I suffered many foot, ankle and knee injuries as well as back problems. Seems that every time I felt comfortable with my running distances, I would be sidelined with injuries. Finally, I found part of the problem, spinal disc problems which caused such severe pain I couldn't sleep let alone run. After back surgery and rehab I again started to walk and then slowly to run again, only to be sidelined by heart problems and a long bout of depression. During that period I gained a large amount of weight, and now each time I try to get back I experience new foot and leg problems.

    Running was such an important part of my life and I miss it terribly. I hope to find a way back on the road, both for the psychological effects and the health effects. Hopefully the book will be an added motivator and will provide the additional knowledge I need to be able to run the rest of my days.

  • Walter Jones

    Michael, first I'd like to thank you for taking time our of your busy schedule to provide these very useful and informative blog updates. My reason for wanting a copy of this book is simple. My wife has long contended that she "could not run long distance." I was able to convice her (I am a sprinter by nature and body makeup) that if I could run 4+ miles very easily, she too could do it…it's a mental game. She eventually tried and within a 8 month period, she's up to 10 miles per session! With that she's beginnng to experieince foot and achilles problems so this book would be great for her. It would also be great for me…..a present from the considerate husband…..anyway, keep the great posts coming. Thanks, again.

  • Adam Twiggs

    Born To Run sounds like a fascinating book. I read many books each year. This year I've read twelve so far. If I win, this book will not go straight to my bookshelf to collect dust.

    I admit that I don't run up hill both ways to get to work. I'm not on a knee-transplant list. Yet, I do have an interest in living a healthy life.

    My wife and I are both stopped eating read meat a few years ago. We tell people we're 'Vegetarian's with Benefits' because we still eat chicken and fish, etc. Together we've stopped drinking soda and we bought the game Wii Fit and an exercise bike.

    Yesterday a group of my friends from church started talking about beginning to take steps towards eating healthy and getting more exercise. Therefore, if I win a free copy of this book it would not just benefit me. An entire group of people at my church would be impacted.

  • Angie Chaplin

    Five years ago, I lost 127 pounds and found that I was BORN TO WADDLE (not quite running, but close). Four full marathons and two halves later, I'm still waddling despite black toenails, calloused and blistered feet, plantar fasciitis, and an osteochrondial lesion. But for good causes, including Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, and Team Thomas in memory of Aplington-Parkersburg H.S. football coach Ed Thomas, shot and killed earlier this summer. Thank you for an outlet to share stories, hearing everyone's journeys keeps me inspired on. Rock on!

  • Erin


    I believe that I was also "born to run". I am 24-years old and just finished my third marathon, and have already learned that I am not invincible. After my first marathon I developed plantar fasciitis and was told it was due to my choice of shoe (Nike Free because I have always gone with the "less is more" motto when buying running shoes)…in training for my second marathon, I broke my foot, and was again told that my shoes were the problem…after a long hiatus (in a runner's world) of five months, i decided to do a marathon on a whim to see if I still had it and seem to be on the up and up.

    Still, I have not seemed to be able to run to my heart's content injury free and currently have five pairs of running shoes in my car because I can not seem to figure out who to listen to–the doctor, the running store "shoe expert", trainers at the gym, or myself!

    I would be very interested in reading your book because I really connected with your attitude towards running and truly believe that we over-diagnose, over-medicate and over-compensate for our injuries which complicates things more and only seems to cause more problems! Running for me is a time of meditation and freedom which is difficult to find when I am worried about which gel insert to put into my $150 "top shelf" shoes which don't seem to be easing the pain anyway.

    Thanks for your insight and I look forward to learning more!


    Erin Macdonald

  • @e_man

    I'm looking to start running, and I've suffered some foot injuries. I would love to find out the proper technique with the proper equipment. Looking forward to reading this book! thx

  • Tina Zumwalt

    Hi, new to your blog and enjoy it! I am 52 year old female, cancer survivor, diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and grandmother of four! I have been a walker for many years, but just discovered the joy of interval running/walking. I'm slowly building up my endurance, and noticing it's really keeping my on track with my workouts. The catch for me is, I have noticed a couple of strange tingling feelings in my foot. My immediate thought was to buy a more expensive pair of shoes, but wait, you say that may not be the best thing to do? I'm very intrigued. I hope to win a book so I can find out what I should do to keep up my momentum to better health!

  • David Alexander


    I'd love to have a copy of the book. Since January of this past year, I've lost 40 pounds staying very committed to my diet and increasing my weekly exercise. I've never been a runner, but I've recently added that to my weekly routine, and would love to learn more about how to do that in a healthy way. I'm still a relatively young guy, but I want to do the due diligence of preserving my health now before it becomes a problem later. I also serve as a Teaching Pastor in a United Methodist Church in Texas and have found this new "healthy" lifestyle to be a great stress relief in my life.


  • Laurie Russell

    Runner addict in need of a runner's bailout plan!!!

    I've spent thousands of dollars over the past 10 years on pricey shoes that produce the sensation of running on the moon and flashy outfits wicking away sweat faster than I could produce it (okay…so I'm not that fast :-)

    At the time it was all worth it but the past year I've been plagued with knee injuries. Perhaps my "moon boot" of a running shoe was a culprit or maybe it was my training.

    It's hard to watch my hubby head out the door for a run while I head to the gym to ride a exercise bike – not quite the same rush. Plus, in the midst of a recession…I'd love an excuse to pay less for running shoes! :-)

    I'd love to read this book!!

  • Brandon_Schmidt

    I would love to read this book because I love the idea of running. Not necessarily the actual action of running, but the thought of running. The only type of running that I can do on a regular basis is the running game on WiiFit! Perhaps if I read this book, I would be more apt to run for real.

  • Sara Cox Landolt

    My feet are ugly. I grew up running our neighborhood barefoot, loving the cool slap of the evening sidewalk under my skin and swearing I ran faster in the moonlight. My bare feet took me anywhere: walking across gravel, no problem; riding a bike barefoot, easy as pie; across the hot summer blacktop, fine but dirty.
    ** I'd love to read this book.

  • TNeal

    I hate "running." Unless… I'm with a friend, it's somewhere other than pavement, there's a [insert favorite food place] at the end of the run. I love "running" up and down the court, around the bases, or into the end zone. But for distance? Not really. You've almost convinced a "running" hater to run. Almost… The "simple and obvious" solution to runners' injuries does intrigue me quite a bit. You've got me on the hook. Now reel me in.

  • Bob LaForce

    Thanks for the post on "Born to Run". I'm beginning to understand why it is that I continually injure my feet – it's my shoes! Your blog has led the way in this and I thank God for your wisdom and insight in so many different areas. Would LOVE a copy of the book if you are so led. I'm ordering Vibrams. Let me know what your experience is with them and I'll DM you about mine. Thanks, brother! Bob

  • Jordan

    I would like the book for my wife. She has had several major operations on her foot, even removing several bones, but she still loves to run! I'm sure she would appreciate this book. Thanks.

  • dhammett

    19 months ago I stepped on the scales and woke up to where I was. That day I began to set aside sweets and the extra carbs. It took me almost 11 months to drop 64 pounds. To get the last part of the weight off, I began to run for exercise. I had not been able to run because of a knee injury for several years. But I found once I dropped the weight it helped my knee immensely. And for the last 12 months I have been running 4-5 times a week. However in the back of my mind is the knowledge that I could lose the gift I have been handed. I am aware that njuries are prevalent and possible any day. Should that happen I would lose the time I have to exercise, contemplate life and enjoy the freedom of running that God has given me for this time.
    At age 56 I am concerned about doing all I can to preserve my physical health so my life can make a difference as long as I have breath. I would love to see the research and ideas the book unfolds.
    Thanks for a great blog post.

  • dhammett

    19 months ago I stepped on the scales and woke up to where I was. That day I began to set aside sweets and the extra carbs. It took me almost 11 months to drop 64 pounds. To get the last part of the weight off, I began to run for exercise. I had not been able to run because of a knee injury for several years. But I found once I dropped the weight it helped my knee immensely. And for the last 12 months I have been running 4-5 times a week. However in the back of my mind is the knowledge that I could lose the gift I have been handed. I am aware that injuries are prevalent and possible any day. Should that happen I would lose the time I have to exercise, contemplate life and enjoy the freedom of running that God has given me for this time.
    At age 56 I am concerned about doing all I can to preserve my physical health so my life can make a difference as long as I have breath. I would love to see the research and ideas the book unfolds.
    Thanks for a great blog post.

  • dhammett

    19 months ago I stepped on the scales and woke up to where I was. That day I began to set aside sweets and the extra carbs. It took me almost 11 months to drop 64 pounds. To get the last part of the weight off, I began to run for exercise. I had not been able to run because of a knee injury for several years. But I found once I dropped the weight it helped my knee immensely. And for the last 12 months I have been running 4-5 times a week. However in the back of my mind is the knowledge that I could lose the gift I have been handed. I am aware that injuries are prevalent and possible any day. Should that happen I would lose the time I have to exercise, contemplate life and enjoy the freedom of running that God has given me for this time.
    At age 56 I am concerned about doing all I can to preserve my physical health so my life can make a difference as long as I have breath. I would love to see the research and ideas the book unfolds. Those ideas could give me the information I need to stay at running well into my 70's should I live that long.
    Thanks for a great blog post.

  • Cindy

    I have to admit I just put the book on hold at the library. I read a book about 10 years ago when I began running at 42 that said to buy the least padded running shoes that were comfortable. I used to wear cheap Nikes, until I tore my achilles, It’s healed but one of the pair of shoes I was talked into gave me a stress fracture on the other foot. I went back to inexpensive neutral running shoes or even racing flats and have had no problems with my feet, legs or back. However, to protect my legs and feet I started training for triathlons in addition to running 10k’s. I’m interested in the nutrition as well as the simple and obvious solution to running injuries.
    thanks for the recommendation. I wouldn’t mind owning the book but as I can check it out from the library, I don’t really need it.

  • Esther

    Thank you so much for reviewing this book. It was really interesting to learn so much more about something I LOVE to do! I have been a runner by choice since I was 16, and I am on the eve of my 28th birthday.
    When I was 20 I broke my foot running. The bone broke a chunk off the 5th metatarsal ended up not healing correctly. When I was 21 I had the chunk of bone removed. My doctor said I might not be able to run again, and I was pretty devastated. After spending 18 months on and off in boot casts, surgery, 10 weeks in a hard cast and wheelchair, and 6 months of physical therapy I was able to start running again. In 2005 I ran my first official 5k race, and fell in love with racing. Since then I have done countless 5k, 10k and 15k races. I am training for a marathon (Philadelphia, Nov 2009) and roped my non-running sister into running it with me!
    I am always looking for ways to keep my feet protected and to do everything I can to avoid injury, but still keep doing what I love. I also am helping train many people in the art and joy of running, and the more knowledge I have about running safely, the better off we all are!
    I am excited about this book, and I also loved the video you did about your ‘gorilla feet’ shoes.
    Esther ;)

  • @Writers_Cafe

    I"ve followed you with great interest for a while now, on Twitter and Facebook. If you say the book is great, then the book is GREAT. That alone is reason enough for me to want it. However, there's a ME reason for wanting the book, 'Born to Run'! It's a purely selfish reason, but I'm hoping you can look past that.

    I'm trying to get into running after having gastric bypass surgery 3 years ago, at age 58. Today, I'm really working hard at being fit – changing my lifestyle, and my eating habits (and dragging my husband along with me, kicking and screaming).

    However, to date, I've not been able to get much more than about 0.25 miles before I have to stop. I can walk for miles and miles and miles – but running eludes me. Surely this book will be able to help me achieve one of my biggest, and to me, most important health goals.

    As is always the case with something you can't have, I want it all the more! Every day when I go out for my walk in the oppressive Central Florida heat, I try to run. But, every day, it's the same thing – only just so far. It isn't pain that stops me. I feel great! In truth, I don't know what it is that stops me – but, stop I do!

    For so many years, I've heard runners tell of the 'special feeling' they get from a great run. I've watched those who could do a grueling Marathon (I lived near Boston for many years), and I've watched the old guy on the next street who trots around the neighborhood daily. Why can't I do it?

    Walking is OK. When I get back home, I feel good, but I really want to experience that euphoria I've heard so much about. After a lifetime of being overweight and depressed, to feel so good is truly wonderful. I'm not complaining – but I know there's more out there, just waiting for me . . .

    (Note: The above is not a 'story' to win the book . . . it's the absolute truth!)

  • Jason E.

    I'm glad to see that you're back to including blogs about running. The last one I can find was in January.

    I think it would be really valuable if you eventually blog about your experience with "barefoot" running. Especially since I believe you previously said you had to get orthotics for flat feet. You can't get much flatter than barefoot.

  • Combsy

    This book is exactly what I was looking for. I have been researching shoes that simulate running barefoot and this book looks like (from your review) something that would help me discover the optimal pair.

    Thanks for all you do Mr. Hyatt.

    God bless.

  • Shelley Costello

    I am your Facebook friend and follow you. I am a runner and have suffered from severe plantar fasciitis. Having ta copy of this book would be so awesome. With funds a little tight getting it free would be a treat. If you so see fit, choose me.

    I really would love to have this book.
    Shelley costello

  • jen

    Never a runner myself, I've always been intrigued by running and always think I'll start at some point. As a 37-year-old woman, I've always struggled with my weight and in a society that admires waifs, running appeals to me on many levels for various reasons.
    1 – I like the idea of burning more calories running than I would for the same period that I would spend walking, therefore, greater possibility of weight loss
    2 – Heart health
    3 – Greater stress release

    I'm intrigued by the comments above regarding this book and look forward to a good read. Please, pick me! :)

  • M. Lawson

    Thank you for the opportunity to receive this free book! After turning 40 this past year, I have really noticed changes related to aging. I know I need to increase my activity, but find it hard to keep moving. There is one thing…I dream of running. Actually running! In my dreams running feels invigorating, rewarding and fun. I'd love to read about C. McDougal's own experiences, cultural reflections on the indigenous Indians of Mexico and interactions with runners and others, tying it all together into a book. Is this book the reason for the new "shoes" you tweeted about?

  • Kristine Pratt

    I WANT to run. But I have issues with fibromyalgia and so due to some fairly random pain I'm easily discouraged. I asked my doctor last year if I could someday run a half marathon someday I got a look of surprise and a funny look. But he said I might be capable of it if I'm careful and train very very slowly and build up to it.

    I would like this book because I need inspiration that will stick on those days when the pain zaps me. And quite honestly, I need all the help I can get in that regard. I decided a long time ago that I'm while I'm someone who has a chronic illness, I'm not going to be someone who lets a chronic illness have me. This girl will NOT end up in a wheelchair by the age of 50 like some I know!

  • patriciazell

    Okay, I'm not a runner–I'm a walker. However, running is a big sport at my school and a number of our students seem to suffer from foot and knee injuries. I would like a copy of this book to share with our cross country and track coaches. I showed the video of your new running shoes to our head coach and he was snarky! Maybe the book would be a big "I told you so!"

  • @gmmog

    Thanks for your post. I am 53 and started running at 275 lbs. I now weigh 230. I want to get down to 200. My other goal is to live to 120 years of age. I need to be in better shape to live to a ripe old age. I don't want to learn by trial and error when a book can show the way.

  • moraw

    I think i ran to slow, am the number 150 commenter. And just 24 copies of this book ?? , thats why I need it. I need to improve my running skills. ;-)

  • Brian Baute

    I'm 35 and a brand new runner. I've had plenty of excuses for not running over the years, but my excuses ran out last week when my son started football practice – 2 hours 3 days a week at a field with a track around it. I ran/walked about a mile and a half on Saturday and will go again every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I'd love to start running right instead of starting wrong and injuring myself. Thanks.

  • Beth Harkins Ingersoll

    Hi Mike,

    I want a copy of this book because I used to be a runner, and would like to be again. After 3 kids a few years of seeing my mom and sister morph from trim women into, let's say, more fluffy ones, I think I'd better start back SOON! :-)

    All kidding aside, I'm not getting any younger, so if this book can help me start running again and decrease the chances of my breaking a hip (or anything else!), then I'm all for it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • John Cox

    Why do I want this book? It's simple: I run.

    After reading the snipit and commentary on Amazon, I started running on my toes as an experiment – dipping my toe into the waters so to speak. I dropped a minute off my pace that day. It's nothing short of incredible. I want the rest of the story. I know there's a great story beyond the mechanics of running, delving into the history of the human race. I'd love to get the big picture!


  • Juan

    Hi Michael,
    I have been following up your blog and video postings; as well as your twitters. I like your material first; I do not know of many CEOs that dedicate to develop and take advantage of social media. Second your material makes sense on our alway on-going self development journey; And third – I also run as you do; I think this book will help me greatly as I was born and raised on Mexico; for example the Mayas, Aztecs also were great runners, I wil be nice to learn how to apply that knowledge on my own journey.

  • BeauAbernathy

    Dear Mr. Hyatt,

    I have been following your tweets and blog for over a year now. I find the information fascinating (because we share many of the same interests). Based on your recommendation, I began running at age 47. Sometimes after a couple of days, I am so sore I can hardly move. I do not know why. Other times I feel fabulous! I run at least four miles when I run (every other day), so it is not the distance that is the problem. I sense that I need to educate myself more on what I can do more effectively – especially so I can push through during the challenging days.

    Based on your review, Born to Run would answer many of my questions and be an excellent resource for future reference. I would love a copy if at all possible!

    Thank you for giving away these copies. That is very generous of Random House and you, because you could have given these to friends or relatives for Christmas presents! It just goes to show that you are living out a recent tweet, "I give to you…you should give to me…" and you refuse to participate! You are willing to give even to those from whom you do not expect a gift in return!

  • A.Q.

    I would like a copy of this book because I read it and loved it and just gave it away to my running partner to get her as juiced about running long distances as I am! I have about 4 other people I want to give this book to so a free copy is tempting . . .

  • Michael

    I am 45 and have gained 70 pounds within the last year. I used to walk some but haven’t done any running because I too was lead to believe that running would only further damage my knees. I would like this book so that I can read about the healthy way to get back to running and get this weight off and back to a healthier weight.

  • Jonathan

    thanks for your inspirational posts and twitter updates especially in reguards to running. I’m interested in a free copy of the book. I picked up running again this week. I was inspired by 2 of your previous posts (one on life plans and one on running resources). I’ve committed to running a 5k this fall and already gotten a few of my friends to commit with me.

    My curiosity is piqued be the review you gave and I am interested in learning more. Thanks for the book review and the other inspirational posts. Keep sending good information on great resources our way!

  • Solveig Engh

    I'm not a runner. As a result of a congenital problem with my feet, I've worn special shoes that help me walk with less pain. Walk.

    Almost 2 and 1/2 years ago I had surgery on the right foot. Having just one good foot made a huge difference in my entire life. An unexpected surprise is the ability to walk barefooted with that foot–and if my left foot were to also undergo surgery, I'd be able to walk barefooted across a room–or to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

    The surgery is recommended but optional. It's complicated and recovery lasts a year. I'm 70 and trying to decide if I should submit or if I should be content with what I have. I think I'd have decided to forget except that I dream about going barefoot. It seems a silly dream and not worth the cost. But I'd love to read about the benefits and joy of being free of shoes and socks!

  • Carmen Lester

    I would love to own this book. I like challenges and particularly the ones that people say can't be done. I learned to swim one year ago at age 80. I now swim 1/2 mile a day and believe I could also break the age barrier and learn to run. Thank you for your generosity.

  • dchinnici

    Thanks for your posts; and for this opportunity.

    At 57, I am just now working to return to fitness and to running, some 30 years post-marathon. After that single New York of '78, I have been unable to sustain the sport, having turned to biking and swimming. But running is a beautiful sport; and worth the effort.

    Various injuries, mostly leg related, have rendered me unable to exceed five miles. But with age comes determination, and difficult though it may be (relative to my youth,) I'm increasing distance and stamina.

    I'd just love to do it without injury.

  • Manuel Meco

    Thanks for your book-notes, always interesting and inspirational.
    I started reading your blog because I started running five years ago and, surfing the net, I found your post about preparing marathons.
    Now, after some half-marathons I’ll start to train for the marathon. I’m sure that “born to run” could help me loose fears of having running injuries so whether I hear from you or not I’ll get the book.

  • yipeng

    I love reading and running…. and I am not about to let my two loves RUN away from me, please send me "Born to Run!" xD

  • dM @ Indie Business

    I want this book because I need this book. I started running this past May at the age of 46. So far, I've lost 20 pounds but my enthusiasm is starting to wane. I could really use the boost of knowledge and encouragement. I'm running for my life in a way and I think this book could help me win the race. Thanks!

  • EricBierker

    I want a free book on running because: 1) I run 2) I am cheap. Pretty simple.

  • Chad Austin

    Dear Michael, thanks for taking my comment. I've been in a long-distance relationship with Running for more than seven years. She's been a great motivator and encourager to me, but during the past year or so, I started taking Running for granted, and we slowly drifted apart.

    I know all relationships have their ups and downs, and I'm now trying to reconnect with Running. When I read your review of "Born to Run" I thought this is a resource that can help get me back on the right track. Please help.

    (signed) Sole Searching in North Carolina

  • cmerriott

    Dear Michael,

    I would like this book because I cannot afford expensive running shoes and would like to read this book to find out what the alternative is.

    Thank you.

  • tarholes

    I would like this book because I am a diabetic and my feet have been bothering me so badly that it has limited the exercise I am able to do. I don't know that I would be able to run, but at least a good brisk walk would help tremendously with sugar control.

  • Mark Kuykendall

    Michael: Interesting that I "ran" across this post. I too have started my journey as a runner. I am set to run my first half marathon in October and my first full marathon in November. I have currently been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I would love to read the book. I am very interested in the idea of more expensive shoes causing more injuries.

  • @nmabry


    I took up running last year thanks to the influence of my wife. I ran my first Half Marathon this last May (at the age of 32). I'm planning my first full Marathon in November.

    I've read several reviews about this book and would be very excited to have my hands on one. I've done my own web-research about barefoot running, and I think this book is going to lean much in that direction. I had priced them before hand, but after Tim Ferriss promo'ed the Vibram Five Fingers, I took the plunge and bought a pair. So far, I've put in as much as 10 consecutive miles in them, and they are currently my sole running "shoe." I'm slower, but I can run now on consecutive days without having to put in a long time to recover.

    Thanks for the book notes. I can't scream "Pick Me" loud enough to get my own copy :-).

  • annataylor29

    I'd like to ask for a free copy of the book for my husband. And here is why this book…
    at night his legs twitch in dream runs (he doesn't know)
    i wake to an empty bed and missing running shoes every morning
    his green eyes twinkle as he talks heart rate and pace
    he reads running blogs religiously
    he loves new challenges and ideas
    But here is why I want it for him…
    he is my strong oak who withstands the storms
    he is my tender warrior who battled for me today
    he is my laughing partner with horrible jokes
    he is my gentle touch that grounds me on earth
    he is my leader who points me towards Christ
    I am his butterfly and he is my refuge

    I want to give him a bit of gift poetry…but as many, I cannot afford to buy it.

  • theposturedude

    Hey Michael,

    Great post, I have heard a lot of great things about this book. It's awesome that this info is starting to get out there more and more. We have been telling our clients for years the less shoe the better. In fact the Vibram Five Fingers have become our company shoe, I wear them at least 2-3 times a week.

    I would love to get a copy of this book to just better inform my clients that do run. The toughest thing for a runner to do is to truly change their mind about what is really causing their injury and having this book can help.

    Keep up the great work.


  • Abir Roy

    Read your post. Thanks for sharing.

    I did not start running till I had a terrible back pain at the age of 34 which almost immobilized me. I refused to have back surgery and started running one block at a time. I am upto about 10 miles now after only 2 summers.. Please understand I live in Minnesota ( which I guess is the coldest place outside of North Pole) and we get only about 4-5 good months for running outside.

    I want a copy of the book because I am running for my life ( not running from my life – I am actually running right into it – head first)…

    You are one of my favorite people becuase you publish all (or most) of Maxwell's books. That man is a genius…

    Abir Roy

  • Jordan Shirkman

    I'm training for a marathon in January in Arizona, and I'm looking for all of the resources I can get.

    Last summer, I tore my ACL, and I wasn't able to run again until June of this year. I realized how much I took for granted my ability to run when I couldn't any more. I was a sprinter in high school with no interest in distance running, but my injury turned into a blessing.

    I want to avoid another injury, and I think this book is another great inspiration to complete the marathon and make the most of the abilities I've been given.

  • ChadStutzman

    I love to run, I love to read. I just turned 40 and am getting injured more often. Just recovered from a calf injury. Recently bought a new pair of shoes thinking this was my answer. I love following your blog and appreciate how you use twitter to get the word out to your tribe.

  • matt

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for the blog, tweets, etc.

    My birthday is 9/1. This would make a great gift! I have asked for the book and some newton running shoes. I have been using the vibram five fingers, but everyone looks at me funny and they blister my toe. I could use the encouragement! Have you read ChiRunning? Have you tried to run barefoot yet?

  • Beth

    I would love this book because I am sitting here with my heel on ice and an appointment with the podatrist who I fear will tell me a need orthodics. I am hoping this book might provide an alterative so I can continue my efforts to lose weight (I am down 5 in the past month with about 50 to go.)

  • Becky Castle Miller

    I'd like a copy of Born to Run to show up my too-cool little brother.

    I love my brother and his very healthy ego…he runs track and cross country for the Air Force (just graduated from the Academy) so of course he's full of running advice. He talked me into a pair of VERY expensive running shoes last year.

    I'm training for my first half marathon in October, inspired by your posts about the leadership and life lessons you've learned through running.

    Before I go replace those very expensive shoes, I'd love to know what to replace them with.

    And have a rebuttal for my know-it-all bro.

  • lorizimbardi

    Born To Run
    "If you are going to be a runner
    you must wear the proper shoes".
    That is what they tell us
    yet with constant injuries we lose.

    Intimidated, we feel the fear
    of failure or of scorn.
    We keep wearing those expensive shoes
    while Achilles tendons are pulled and torn.

    Pacing back and forth, we cry
    "Will someone show the way"?
    Reveal the reason our feet hurt
    before another pair we pay.

    What happens when the doctors say
    "stop running, that is it.
    Your body isn't built for sports
    maybe yoga will keep you fit".

    The Tarahumara Indians had the answer,
    they live in Mexico,
    running 200 miles at a time
    even in their 90's they still go.

    So what, then, is the answer?
    I'd like to take a look.
    But to find out how they did it,
    I'd have to read the book.

    Lori Zimbardi

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  • SoulSoap

    I am a new, yet very enthusiastic fan of running – solely because of my Vibram FiveFingers and the Pose/Chi running techniques. I am very much interested in learning more about Christopher McDougall's passion.

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  • HSchiefelbein

    Michael – I would like a copy of Born to Run b/c I'm on my third marathon and from what you've said, this is must-read. I'm also a personal trainer with connections to many fitness people, and as my exercise career develops, I'm always looking for new and relevant material for my clients. If this is as life-changing as you suggest, I would love to share it with others. Thanks again for the offer.

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  • Adam Reineke

    After watching your video about the half-marathon that you had the Thomas Nelson employees run, I was inspired to try for myself. I've never been a runner, but I'm terribly undisciplined, something that isn't the greatest for a college student. I think that training to run a (half) marathon would be wonderful in building my self discipline.

    I'd want to read the book because it would serve as a good source of information as I start running regularly.

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  • mschutterop

    I am a broken runner! Gave up on doctors orders with double achilles tendonitis several years ago "bad shoes and pavement" and even my "too big and powerful calfs yanking on those achiles tendons" were to blame.


    I haven't found another regular exercise routine I love as much to keep my spare tire at bay. I would love a copy of the book! @mschutterop.


    I am a homeschooling blogging mom of 2! My website is I am a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute – so I mainly blog about living well – by drinking from the living well of Jesus. I have found that there is a gap in the Christian world for women in the area of exercise. We need to take care of our mind – BODY and spirit!

    Exercise affects us spiritually! When I am tired and feeling blak – it's hard to be patient and kind to my husband and children.

    I have done aerobics for many years – but I just started running 6 months ago! I have ran in two races one was just 2 miles and the other a 5K. I have been gathering moms from church and creating running groups and we are having a great time running to the glory of God.

    I've never read a book about running – so I'd love to read it and be happy to blog about it so my followers could read it too!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Adam Twiggs

    I received an email today that I am one of the winners of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall‏. Thank you Michael Hyatt. I can't wait to read it. You rawk :-)

  • Rhett Smith



    Running teaches me more about the spiritual life than most anything I do. Simple as that. Here is what Eugene Peterson says:

    "The participatory quality of spiritual reading struck me forcibly when I was thirty-five years old. I had taken up running again. I had run in college and seminary and enjoyed it immensely, but when I left school, I left running. It never occurred to me that running was something an adult might do just for the fun of it. Besides, I was a pastor now and I wasn't sure how my parishoners would take to seeing their pastor running thinly clad along the back roads of our community. But I was noticing other people, doctors and lawyers and executives whom I knew, running in unexpected places without apparent loss of dignity, men and women my age and older, and realized that I could probably get by with it too. I went out and bought running shoes-Adidas, they were-and discovered the revolution in footwear that had taken place since my student days. I began having fun, enjoying again the smooth rhythms of long-distance running, the quietness, the solitude, the heightened senses, the muscular freedom, the texture of the ground under my feet, the robust embracing immediacy of the weather-wind, sun, rain, snow…whatever. Soon I was competing in 10K races every month or so, and then a marathon once a year. Running developed from a physical act to a ritual that gathered meditation, reflection, and prayer into the running. By this time I was subscribing to three running magazines and regularly getting books from the library on runners and running. I never tired of reading about running-diet, stretching, training methods, care of injuries, resting heart rate, endorphins, carbohydrate loading, electrolyte replacements-if it was about running I read it. How much is there to write about running? There aren't an infinite number of ways you can go about it-mostly it is just putting one foot before the other. None of the writing, with few exceptions, was written very well. But it didn't matter that I had read nearly the same thing twenty times before; it didn't matter if the prose was patched together with cliches; I was a runner and I read it all.

    And then I pulled a muscle and couldn't run for a couple of months as i waited for my thigh to heal. It took me about two weeks to notice that since my injury I hadn't picked up a running book or opened a running magazine. I didn't decide not to read them; they were still all over the house, but I wasn't reading them. I wasn't reading because I wasn't running. The moment I began running again I started reading again.

    That is when I caught the significance of the modifier "spiritual" in "spiritual reading." It means participatory reading. It meant that I read every word on the page as an extension or deepening or correction or affirmation of something that I was a part of. I was reading about running not primarily to find out something, not to learn something, but for companionship and validation and confirmation of the experience of running. Yes, I did learn a few things along the way, but mostly it was to extend and deepen and populate the world of running that I loved so much. But if I wasn't running, there was nothing to deepen.

    The parallel with reading Scripture seems to me almost exact; if I am not participating in the reality-the God reality, the creation/salvation/holiness reality-revealed in the Bible, not involved in the obedience Calvin wrote of, I am probably not going to be much interested in reading about it-at least not for long.

    Obedience is the thing, living in active response to the living god. The most important question we ask of this text is not, "What does this mean?" but What can I obey?" A simple act of obedience will open up our lives to this text far more quickly than any number of Bible studies and dictionaries and concordances.

    Not that the study is not important. A Jewish rabbi I once studied with would often say, "For us Jews studying the Bible is more important that obeying it, because if you don't understand it rightly you will obey it wrongly and your obedience will be disobedience.

    This is also true."

  • Bret

    I gotta say, one of the reasons I'm hesitant to really give running a go is that injury is inevitable. While there is a certain aura surrounding "the runner" nursing a "runner's wound," the kind of affliction only known the sweat-stained-road-marred warrior who didn't sit out on the sidelines, the oddness of splints and pulls and micro-tears speak so clearly of abuse that running has seemed to me more foolhardy than anything.

    but this might help.
    (PS: love your tweets)

  • Muriel Singer

    I'm going to be running my third half marathon this fall and could use some inspiration to get me through the fall races. Also, I like the main concept of the book which is to say that just because it is mainstream and everyone's doing it, does not necessarily mean it is good for you. The book's theme applies to other western fads which may be enticing, but not so good for you.

  • Banderson61

    Hey Michael, I'd like a copy of Born to Run because at age 47 I want to start running.

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  • Kristie Jackson

    Thanks for this detailed recommendation. I'm going to order the book for my runner, husband, who buys expensive shoes and has endured many injuries. Sounds fascinating enough to possibly even get me running!

  • Adam Twiggs

    I received "Born To Run" in the mail today. Thank you for this contest. I'm stoked to read it.

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  • Virgil

    I am actually curious to see where Miller is taking the story since I just finished reading Blue Like Jazz last week while on vacation. Would be happy to write a review of the new book as well once it becomes available.

  • Zataod

    I don’t want a copy of Born to Run. I’ve read it twice already, but I’m glad you are giving this to people who may not have yet had the pleasure to read it. I’m glad you found it inspiring as well.

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  • Maggie

    Hi, I'm hoping to get a copy of the book Born to Run. It is for my cousin who is starting a charity bicycle ride for M.S sufferers from London to Paris at 5am tomorrow. She ised to run marathons for charity until she snapped her achilles tendon quite badly and has begun cycling because she is afraid to go back to running again (she suffered the injury weeks before the New York Marathon and was devastated). She met a woman on the train down to London today and it turned out they were both former runners who had reluctantly given up after injury and begun cycling, both said it is not the same. The woman spent about an hour talking about this book. I would love to be able to get it for my cousin as every last penny she has goes into charity ventures and she would never spend on herself. Having sponsored her every penny I have myself for this bike ride I too am feeling the pinch…She's a great person and it would be lovely to tell her I got her a copy of the book because you thought she deserved one!!

  • Reggie Davis

    I spotted the book Born To Run as I was walking through the fitness section in Borders. Soon as I spotted the word Tarahumara I was instantly ready to enter impulse spending mode. I read about the Tarahumara in a recent article in Outside magazine. The article was actually about Jenn Shelton and how she raced against them along with Scott Jurek, Barefoot Ted and Caballo Blanco. Prior to that I had read Utramarathon Man by Dean Karnazes. The ultramarathon niche really interest me. But I’m even more excited when I hear of a people who do this naturally-daily. For two days in a row I have actually been skimming through Born to Run when I stop by Borders. You see, hardcover books are EXPENSIVE! and I was really tempted to pull the trigger when I first spotted the book. I love reading about fitness, especially methods that have an ancient twinge to them, and I like seeing amazing feats of strength, endurance and skill. I’m not big on lifting, I ‘d rather do bodyweight exercises and I like to run in general. Whenever I do run, the beginning always hurts because I haven’t found a rhythm yet. But once I find my rhythm-specifically a breathing cadence, I’m good to go. I recently ran a 6:47 timed mile. It was the first timed mile in over a year! And it was a PR. The book has already got me hooked and I can’t afford to buy it now. Borders is my place until the book can come home to me. I have no sandals, or vibram five fingers. All I have is a pair of nike frees. I plan to get some five fingers and try them out. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

  • Michelle George

    So what do you wear to run in these days?

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  • Chase Johnson

    You have probably already given away the last copy, but since I'm here, I'm glad I found out about Born to Run. The idea of "getting back to nature" has always intrigued me, but most of the time it is difficult to define exactly what that phrase means. Since everything we build ultimately comes from nature, it seems like it would all be natural.

    Anyway, there are some obvious examples as to where this particular phrase holds greater weight (pun intended). The most obvious example is probably gleaned (pun also intended, and the end of the puns in this post) from the fast food industry, where wheat and other products are processed beyond recognition, and fatty acids and carbohydrates can hardly be found in greater abundance outside of [insert cliche reference to McDonalds.] Even the salads are heart-attack inducing.

    But diet is hard if you aren't rich enough for a cook, and who would argue (except maybe a Hindu) that a nice grilled hamburger is delicious?

    For me, however, there was running. It is really easy (in that I don't need to use anything off an infomercial which would ultimately sit unused in my basement for 20 years), and by golly it's free (freer than the Ab Roller.) My problem was that I constantly experience foot/leg injuries, so relieving my guilt for eating a hamburger and fries by running five miles grew more and more difficult the longer I ran…in that the injuries consistently grew worse.

    I am going to cut this story short (because if you haven't already guessed the ending…you don't deserve to be filled in), and just say that I took up barefoot running and love it. I have had knee surgery and I haven't once had a problem with my knee, which I am sad to say always plagued me when I ran in Nike Shox. Long story short…if you got any copies left, I'd like to know why there is such freedom in running barefoot (preferably for free.)

  • http://DontKnow Mark J. Brown

    Wow, what an appropriate subject for me right now, right here! I am a 51 year old male, who certainly at 220 lbs. is not the prototypical distance runner yet here I am after purchasing a $170.00 dollar pair of Sauconys sneaks this week when it appears my last pair has broken down. My right heel is killing me ! Im not a marathoner but run at least every other day, 3 to 4 miles with an occasional 5 to 8 miler thrown in. I have heard a bit of the theory of not running heel to toe in the past but without much explanation have chalked it up to crackpot thinking. I cant imagine going outside and running barefoot but I can be a bit of a risk taker and will try to keep and open mind. Im not a huge book reader either but if given the book would promise to read and comment. Thanks.

  • Ali

    i've heard of this book before, thanks for shedding more light on it. also thanks for reviewing the vibram running shoes, I as well have been looking into getting a more natural feel of running, and have run barefoot before

  • Eva Lowry

    Two words……ZOLA BUDD……I want to be fast….injury free… touch with the earth… run until I die!!!!

  • jim schmotzer

    ok, so i have been a recreational runner for 30+ years and the injuries have mounted up the last few. PT visits and time off are becoming too regular. soinds like i need to read this book.

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  • Andrew Decker

    I have just finished reading the book over the weekend. It truly is a "must read" if one considers themselves to be a runner. This is why I would love to have a copy of the book: My daughter is a Freshman taking track at Syracuse University and she wanted to read this book but I had the library copy. She is on the track team and I feel she needs to know the information revealed in the book and possible share it with her coaches if they would be receptive to it. I also have a friend who has completed several marathons and again, this is MUST reading. I myself only read the book because a fellow running friend told me how fascinating it is.

    I have the habit of sharing a particulary good book with those whom I feel would benefit from it. There is the double pleasue of not only knowing that the other party will enjoy it as much as I but also then having the pleasure of a "shared experience" later on in discussing it with them, much like you do with your blog. If I was given a copy that is what I intend to do– pass it around. THanks for your kind offer.

  • Martin Novom

    My physician told me about the book and the shoes. I am 61 years old and a very active person. I told him that I had really enjoyed running but that I had inured my knee and had stopped running about a year ago. jHe suggested that I read the book. He was convinced I would be able to start running again.

  • Ed Norton

    Last week, while picking two books fro my 10 year old, I picked up “Born to Run”; I’m an ex runner (cross country in college, one marathon…could run all day many moons ago ), stopped due to knee inuries years ago, have been rowing over the past ten years, biking in the last two months, wondering about getting back to running,. I opened the book to check it out…opened to somewhere in the midsection, when the author is talking about diet with this woman who is rated top woman athlete in the country after taking up running after being diagnosed with cancer….wait a minute, I was just diagnosed a month ago (colon cancer–I’m 51 caught in screening) she’s talking about this super corn, ultra running, 300% difference in cancer reoccurance…I’m saying to myself I picked this book up for a reason…..but i had promised two books to my son who just got an all A (basically ) report card, I was pretty much broke, and put the book down to buy another day. Tonite I come home to research this pecole corn for its anti cancer qualities, but I forgot the name “pecole”, so I googled “Born to Run” the book, and came up with your blog, referencing it…….. its all in the stars baby; love to get a copy gratis from you and your gracious supplier….can’t believe the coincidence. Thanx, have fun Edzo from Boston

  • the-arc

    Humans aren't born to run; deer and horses run within hours of birth, human infants take more than a year or two and must be carried, since they can't cling. Our endurance running stems from the same source as endurance walking, endurance cycling, endurance swimming, a ground dwelling omnivorous ancestors who evolved capable breath-hold seafood-forage-diving and backfloating at tropical lagoons and beachcombing/wading/walking and jogging along rougher waters between optimal lagoons. Note that all marathoners must have plentiful water and electrolites along the route and struggle through high humidity where sweat cooling doesn't work well, not a problem at seashores. Before horses, dogs and crops were domesticated and boats, TV, computers developed, people were far more physically active habitually, seashores provided the perfect natural firm pathway for endless jogging, swimming and shore cave cliff climbing. The Tarahumara have simply maintained this at a higher altitude in the absence of a horse/auto culture while their lowland floodplain neighbors have joined the global diabetes-obesity-automobile-'modern' lifestyle.

  • Dove

    If you have anymore, I'd love a copy of this book :) I had to stop running a few years ago, and it's taken its toll on my legs. No other exercise compares when it comes to getting strong, gorgeous legs. But I was told if I didn't stop, I'd be risking my knees… Hoping this book has the secret, as to how to avoid harming my body and still getting to do this joyous activity.

    I do believe we were "born to run." If not, why would it feel so good afterward :) Why would our bodies/legs look so good from doing so… In fact, I think human beings were meant to do whatever they can bring themselves to truly believe they can do. Seems like a no-brainer that if something makes one feel so good, look so good, be so much healthier in doing it… that they were meant to do it.

    And this reasoning that we are not meant to run just because we don't start running right out of the womb… we also don't walk right out of the womb, were we not meant to walk either? :) *picturing people crawling into work* lol

    Since sitting is what most of us do, most of the time, maybe that's an indicator of what we are meant to do? On the other hand, since so many of us are dying at about half the age we should be, maybe not so much.

    I say, run baby run ;)

  • Frank Chimento

    I'm out of integrity due to difficulty in sticking to a running plan… because I guess I've become injury prone and that is completely knew and foreign to me. You see, I'm a peak performance coach and I made a commitment that I would run my first marathon before my 40th birthday, which just passed. I didn't honor my commitment and now I will have to re-arrange all my belief systems as a result. There is no failure in life, just feedback, outcomes and results and all the feedback I have received is that I missed my mark.

    I grew up running cross-country and could run for days and in '93 I moved to Nashville, TN to work for your company… and stopped running. Additionally, my wonderful, certified personal-trainer wife of eleven years just cannot comprehend me as a "runner."

    I will run that marathon.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I didn't START running until I was 50. It's never to late to start—or re-start!

  • P.J. Murphy

    I fear I've found this site too late, but here's why I'd like to receive a copy of "Born to Run'

    I'd like to share it with my dad. I'm just now starting to get back into running, and my dad feels like he's reaching the end of his recreational running career. He's run several marathons, but due to recurring pain in his feet and legs, he said he might be done. I'd love to read this book and see if it provides any insight into prolonging my dad's running career.

  • Bill Barnett

    Michael, I would like to let you know that you can follow a colorful writer in his own right, Billy Barnett " Billy Bonehead". Billy is living, working and running on the big island of Hawaii. A few of his current exploits can be viewed at his bolg; Some of your readers may want to know what the characters in the book are up to.

  • Mike

    Fascinating. I bought a new pair of running shoes a week ago. Haven’t worn them yet, so now I’m considering taking them back! Thanks for all you do Michael!

  • Aselmee

    please i need your email or any contact way urgently
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  • Joshua Hood

    Very interested in the book. I love to run, but have been told that it will wear my knees out. I don’t want to give up this passion. Thanks for the info!

    Joshua Hood

  • W. Mark Thompson

    Looks like I’m a little late for the book giveaway, but great complimentary info for the Vibram Fivefinger Running Shoes post I just read. Guess I’ll be reading “Born To Run” now. Thought about getting it before, but you do sell it well! 

  • Zach Evans

    I need my running world turned upside down… Truth is I have no running world, but at age 35 I’m about to create one!

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  • Brad

    At 6’4″ and 240lbs., I’m a clydesdale. As a competitive athlete for most of my life, I have enjoyed various aspects of fitness, with the exception of running. I have always grown frustrated by the pounding and abuse that my joints were forced to endure. I have taken up cycling and have enjoyed the opportunity to suffer on the bike, but I am still wondering if running is something that I should give another shot. I’ve been looking at some of the research and am curious to see some extended discussion on the subject. 

    I would love to dive into the book and see what his thoughts are on a lumbering old man freaking out all of the skinny kids with his crazy shoes! 

    Can you help me out w/ a copy of the book?


    • Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any more copies. It would be worth reading McDougall is 6’4” and 230 lbs.

  • Sherri Bearman

    I want this book because I started running at age 52.  I run a marathon after training for only four months.  I am very interested in the five finger shoes.  Thank you.