ultra runners are the hardcore spiritual yogis of the twenty first century

I'm not the kind of person that says something like this but i just finished reading "Born to Run" and, quite simply, it has changed my life. I could probably write a book on why that is. "Born to Run" is powerful on so many levels. Anyway I am recommending it to everyone I know whether or not they are runners. I believe Christopher McDougall when he says that ultra runners are America's hope for the future.
I came across the book serendipitously. I had started training at the beginning of July for the Houston Marathon in January. I am forty-one years old. I ran a few marathons 10-12 years ago. I used to run all the time but for many reasons my practice tapered off, then stopped completely. I ran into a woman I had not seen in years and she asked me if I was still a "crazy runner" and I said, "Oh no, I'm too old. My body can't take that anymore." This interaction rang in my ears for weeks and I thought, "Do I really believe that?" Then I decided to train just to see. Last week, I ran ten miles for the first time in 10 years and was surprised that it felt so easy and that I felt so great afterwards. Then I came across this book. I no longer wonder "if" I can finish the marathon.
Thank you Eric for starting this online running community!

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Comment by J-F lemay on August 19, 2009 at 6:54pm
I would sell my own mother on ebay just to be there too!!!please let my know!!!
Comment by Joan Laughlin on August 18, 2009 at 6:13am
i would definitely go!
Comment by Thomas Orf on August 17, 2009 at 7:57pm
Whenever anyone wants to try and get a trip together and possibly recreate this race, let me know. I've got to go there!
Comment by Eric Orton on August 7, 2009 at 7:57am
Nice work on the 10k...sounds like you are ripping it up in those sandals! Spread the mojo - E
Comment by J-F lemay on August 5, 2009 at 6:24pm
I just finish reading the book too,(twice!!!) and I agree on everythings you said joan, this book is a must read!!! I think that people must khow this story ,there origines and ancessters, this book change my vison of life I'm glad to know that i'm build for what I like to do! I will make it a personal challenge to get everyones I know reading this! especially that guy I meet today at a running club here in canada who's told me just after I finished a 10k run faster than everyone that I should't run with sandals (to dont get hurt), he told this just after saying that his right knee is killing him from and old injurie!!! ha!HA!HA!HA! gess who's laughing!!!!
Comment by Eric Orton on August 5, 2009 at 11:53am
Joan - Thanks for sharing this! Chris and I spoke before the book was released about what we thought the over riding message would be, and he said HOPE! Keep breaking down those barriers and keep us posted on your marathon training - E

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