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Why We Run: A Natural History

In Why We Run, biologist, award-winning nature writer, and ultramarathoner Bernd Heinrich explores a new perspective on human evolution by examining the phenomenon of ultraendurance and makes surprising discoveries about the physical, spiritual -- and primal -- drive to win. At once lyrical and scientific, Why We Run shows Heinrich's signature blend of biology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy, infused with his passion to discover how and why we can achieve superhuman abilities....

Title : Why We Run: A Natural History
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ISBN : 19567944
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 306 pages
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Why We Run: A Natural History Reviews

  • Jenwah

    There were interesting things that I took from this book... but the book FELT like long distance running... it was exhausting! The writing was not spectacular, often especially the science was poorly written and difficult to follow. And the chapters seemed a bit thrown together with very different tones and purpose. Other than those fits and starts, it was fun to get into the mind of someone who actually does these things and does them well. I enjoyed what I didn't skim-over of the science too.

  • Karen

    A non fiction/ natural history. The author is a Marathon winner using biology and philosophy to lead us through his passion for running. A very readable interesting book to give non-runner insite into the challenge of a run.

  • Cara McKenna

    Nice! Bird-perv memoir!!

    Stole this paperback from the Husbo last night and read the first half straight through. Great book in many respects—a compelling mix of memoir, running theory, and anthropological study. But my favorite part is what a total bird-creeper the author is. I feel so understood.

    Page 40, childhood memory: "I spied a tiny owl, no larger than a coffee mug. The yellow eyes of the saw-whet owl looked at me in surprise, and I looked back in wonder. I needed this creature. I craved i
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  • Bim Santos

    I really wanted to love this book, which I happily chanced on at a second-hand bookshop at a time when I am trying to double down on my training. But though I eagerly lap up non-fiction science books, this came as a complete and utter disappointment.

    The author is a supposed ultramarathoner and biologist but the output lacked method and rigor, often jumping from one idea to the next without any sensible thread and dishing out a ton of “I suspect” and “probably” out of thin air, for example surmi
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  • Veronica

    I thought this book would be more a "natural history" and less about Heinrich's life and running experiences. I felt like I was mislead by the title and the description. The writing itself is also not very good. I stopped reading after about 100 pages.

  • Burd

    I really enjoyed Bernd Heinrich's unique take on how our bodies, like the bodies of certain animals, have adapted to be able to run. In addition to the fascinating science behind how birds migrate long distances with hardly any rest or how camels survive desert conditions and still are able to travel for miles, he explores the evolution of running in humans from hunters and gatherers to today's competitive runners. He looks at the physiology and psychology of training for ultra marathons using h ...more

  • Jeff

    I accidentally read this and then I purposely read everything else he wrote.

  • Ta0paipai

    It's "Born to Run" without a flashy narrative, romanticized native peoples or agenda.