Monday, April 19, 2010

Tramps Like Us

Today we honor not just the Boston Marathon, but our heroic Executive Editor who, 20 years ago, charged all the way to the finish line in a time that would be be considered impressive had he run it at his current middle age, rather than fresh out of college, and if, on the morning of the race, he had somehow transformed into a woman. An arthritic woman. But still, we're taking the occasion to recommend Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, a thoroughly delightful book about, well, running, mostly, but also about the Tarahumara, an Iron Age Indian tribe living deep inside Mexico's Copper Canyon.

It's hard to call this a book about Mexico, because the Tarahumara are not exactly mainstream, but large chunks of it are set here, so we don't consider this off-topic. And Swampscott High School runners of a certain advanced age will enjoy the frequent cameos by former assistant cross-country coach Tony Post.

(Lazier readers - and if you read this blog with any regularity, you're probably pretty lazy - might prefer to peruse the magazine article on which the author based his book. Because winning is all about finding shortcuts.)

1 comment:

pc said...

There's an interesting section about Tarahumara runners in God's Middle Finger, too.