You were born to run.
I’ve had this rare thought maybe once or twice in my life, but normally I feel like I was born for Netflix and laze.
That is, until I read Born to Run, a book that chronicles one man’s journey to find the secret to the greatest runners in the world.
In addition to it being a great story that keeps you turning pages and wondering if all of it is really true or not, I learned a lot.
Like the fact that people can outrun horses, gazelles — in fact, we can outrun any mammal because of how uniquely we were created.
Our bodies are created for endurance running and Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run, reminded me of why I love to run.
I grew up playing soccer, from age 3 until college, but I mostly only ran to stay in shape.
I actually hated running because I felt like I was being forced to run…until college.
I was studying electrical engineering and had virtually no social life, with my schedule down to the hour for what I would do.
I started making time for running to escape the library and stress of school and life. On my runs, I would talk to God, sing worship songs, and I started to enjoy running.
Then I transferred colleges and met my friend Brittany, and we started going on prayer runs – yes, we talked while we ran and no, we didn’t close our eyes to pray. We decided to train for the Pittsburgh Marathon with some friends and my goal was to finish (before the four hour mark). I finished at 4:02, and Brittany and I memorized a Bible verse for each mile. It was so much fun, except for all the bathroom breaks we had to take…
So, when I read this book about different cultures, people, and scenarios for running, I saw myself as a small part of a bigger picture.
McDougall tells an epic story how he came to witness the greatest race the world has never seen in the middle of nowhere, Mexico, and he talks a lot about the science behind running but in a very interesting way and how to become a great runner, injury-free.
It’s kind of funny how he comes to the conclusion that you and I were created for running.
So I finished his book last night, and of course, I decided to go on a long run today (right now, that’s 10 miles), and I prayed and enjoyed nature as I ran in the park, but toward the end I ran into a booth with several people handing out free water cups and something in a plastic bag, so I stopped.
“Is this free?” I asked.
“Yes, it’s for Global Running Day,” one of them replied.
“Oh, that’s awesome. Today, I’m running my long run. How perfect!”
“That’s great!” she said.
“Have you guys read Born to Run?” I asked.
One by one, they all replied yes.
“I finished it last night, so I had to go for a run today.”
Then one of them lit up.
“I ran with Christopher McDougall once,” she said. “By the end of the race, I took my shoes off.”
And now I have another item to add to my bucket list: run a race with the author of Born to Run!
You and I were created for running. It’s our most natural state of being, and I believe that running glorifies God, because He created us uniquely and specifically to be able to outrun any other animal on the planet.
I highly recommend Born to Run and I encourage you to make running a habit if you can.
After all, we were born to run.