Just finished this one, and it was a surprising read.It’s sort of two books in one: It’s a beat-inspired novel about ultrarunners, (very Kerouak) and an article about injury-free running, baked into one book. I expected it to be less of a narrative and more of a report, but I enjoyed it a lot. The book is chuck full of myths, facts and stories, and inspired me to get out on the trails.
Christopher McDougall’s thesis is basically that running without shoes, or in very light shoes, contrary to common belief, is healthier than running in padded running shoes. There is a lot of hype around this book, and I can understand why. It’s a very entertaining read, and his arguments are strong.
The book is setting a trend. Last year I had never heard of Five fingers or minimal running shoes, this fall they seem to be everywhere. They’re even making a movie of this book starring Jake Gyllenhaal. I’m not kidding.