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!