Born to Run

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It has been a while, but I'm back!  And, I what better way to come back than a Thriving Thursday to showcase one of my favorite books!

A little over a year and a half ago, my brother introduced me to the book Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall.   It is a book that has changed my perception of running forever - for the better.  I thought this would be an appropriate book for a Thriving Thursday entry, because running can be enjoyable.  Maybe with a little history behind it?  Maybe with some really cool inspiring stories?

I didn't always like running as a kid.  Growing up, I joined my high school's track team to see if it would help with my affinity for the sport.   It didn't...   Then, when I started running [to lose weight and log it in as my cardio], I thought I had "loved" it, but  I was wrong.  I only really LOVED it after reading this book!  It's the author's personal journey of finding out that we were all born to run.  For me, I am always hesitant about starting a book, unless it comes highly recommended.  So, to my brother, that should say something!  Anyhow, the read started out slow, as I have "selective" memory, and I flipped back and forth to make sure I was referencing the right people.  (Have you ever done that?  I hope I'm not alone!)  After the first couple of chapters, I was sucked in.  I was taken along for a ride of discovery and elation, and finished the book inspired about what my body's abilities are.  One of the many things I learned from this book is that, even though we were born to run, it takes training and practice to perfect.  Such with any other sport or activity.  Since reading, I conquer longer runs tirelessly, and without listening to music.  When I run, it feels liberating and empowers the connection to my inner strength.  For me, there is no better feeling than that!  (Ok, maybe I can  name a couple others, but we'll keep this entry G-Rated!)   It also delights me to see other runners engage in the same [running] technique.  There are times, when I just want to take off running with them!  

If you have read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts or stories.  And, if you haven't, I definitely recommend it!  I hope others find the same encouragement for a healthy lifestyle in this book.  It'll be a book I reference for years to come.

The next book on my list is Power Foods for the Brain by Neal D. Barnard, MD.  I caught the end of his special featured on PBS, and it intrigued me tremendously!

Live well, eat well, treat each other well, and THRIVE ON!