Rating: 359 Degrees (out of 360)
This book changed my life! I really got in to this book.
Before I get into the details though, I should say I was never a runner. I was fat most of my adolescence and could barely finish the infamous "1 mile" run in PE. But, I was going through a bit of a mid-twenties crisis and I forced myself to train and run a half marathon. I actually got into running shape (kind of) and truly ran the 13.1 miles finishing in 1 hour 53 minutes (at 210 lbs, this is quite the quick pace).
I read this book around race time and was instantly converted and wanted to add running to a new life style. This book goes back and forth between the science and evolution of running and the infamous Tarahumara Indians of Mexico. I own a couple pairs of minimalist shoes and have changed my stride to feel more natural.
I am a fan of reading these evolutionary inspired nuance books that deep dive into interesting facets of life.
To add a note, I did do something quite dumb. I took a long break after this race and jumped back into long distances right away. This did result in an injury. So please always follow a plan to ease and ramp into new workouts. This is why I deducted 1 degree from the books score.