Why We Run: A Natural History

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Nature - 304 pages
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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.

 

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I loved this book. It was very inspirational in getting me to run again. I loved the blending of all the sciences and his narrative. His personal story was also wonderful, entertaining and inspiring.

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I absolutely love this book. I have read it three times and will read it again. I can relate to the point in the story where his parents leave him at an orphanage so they can travel. But I really enjoyed the comparisons in biology and the thought that we are designed to run, far. My back always feels it's best after a few miles on the treadmill chasing the imaginary game. Would my times be better if instead of tv shows, I watched videos of deer escaping in to the woods? But I can also relate to the Idea that the defining characteristic of humans is we 'see' the future. How great it was for me to retire at the age of 54, only because I 'saw the future' for the past 25 years, not taking a vacation the last five, so I could lead the independent life that I do now. The human brain is really just like the brain of all animals only magnified; like the venom in the snake is only magnified saliva, which starts the digestion from only a quick bite. The book explains not just why we run but why we think and run.  

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FIFTEEN
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ELEVEN
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About the Author
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The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

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