Born to Run – Bean Sprouts Book Club – December

Bean Sprouts Book Club

The Bean Sprouts book club is by the people, for the people. We are a collective of outdoor minded, adventure ready runners. Every two months, we will select, read and discuss a book that relates to running, fitness and/or wellness. At the Bean Sprouts book club, there are no right or wrong answers, just budding seeds of hope and inspiration!


Date/Time: 5:30 PM PST (8:30 PM EST), December 15th, 2021
Book: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Zoom: Email link 24 hours before event

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

“An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

Isolated by Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.” -Amazon

Seven Bean Sprouts voted to read Born to Run in December. Should be a fun time. Published in 2009, Born to Run will be fascinating to read 11 years later. Born to Run has a major motivational appeal – many runners attribute it to inspiring them to run ultras, and the book also made concepts like barefoot running mainstream.

Discussion Questions

Please post any discussion question suggestions in the comments!

  1. How long will it take for Joe to come up with his first discussion question?

Future Books

Please leave any future book suggestions in the comments! Under consideration:

Past Books

  • Oct. 2020: Breath by James Nestor


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. JP

    How Can/should the topics of the book change what I do as a runner on a daily basis? Footwear? Training style? Workout types?

    How has footwear changed since the publishing of the book? Immediate aftermath? Current trends?

  2. Garrett

    A potential follow-on to Born to Run could be Running with the Kenyans. It looks at more of the holistic cultural factors contributing to Kenyan running dominance rather than just a few single variables like evolutionary theories or barefoot running.

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