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Christopher McDougall Quote: “You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.”

You don’t stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.

— Christopher McDougall



Christopher McDougall Quote: “If you can run six miles on a summer day, then you, my friend, are a lethal weapon in the animal kingdom.”

If you can run six miles on a summer day, then you, my friend, are a lethal weapon in the animal kingdom.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.”

If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Ask nothing from your running, and you’ll get more than you ever imagined.”

Ask nothing from your running, and you’ll get more than you ever imagined.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “If you don’t think you were born to run you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.”

If you don’t think you were born to run you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, but to be with each other.”

The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, but to be with each other.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “You don’t have to be fast. But you’d better be fearless.”

You don’t have to be fast. But you’d better be fearless.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “We’ve got a motto here-you’re tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.”

We’ve got a motto here-you’re tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way.”

Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “We were born to run; we were born because we run.”

We were born to run; we were born because we run.

— Christopher McDougall



Christopher McDougall Quote: “We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.”

We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Suffering is humbling. It pays to know how to get your butt kicked.”

Suffering is humbling. It pays to know how to get your butt kicked.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Humans are built for endurance, not speed. We’re awful sprinters compared to every other animal. We try to run our races as if they were speed races, but they are not. They’re endurance races. Even a marathon, the way it’s run now, it’s not an endurance contest.”

Humans are built for endurance, not speed. We’re awful sprinters compared to every other animal. We try to run our races as if they were speed races, but they are not. They’re endurance races. Even a marathon, the way it’s run now, it’s not an endurance contest.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Only recently have we come up with the technology to turn lazing around into a way of life. We’ve taken our sinewy, durable, hunter-gatherer bodies and plunked them into an artificial world of leisure.”

Only recently have we come up with the technology to turn lazing around into a way of life. We’ve taken our sinewy, durable, hunter-gatherer bodies and plunked them into an artificial world of leisure.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “We’re constantly told that running will ruin our knees and outrage our hearts, but for nearly all of human existence, it was associated with freedom, vitality, and eternal youth.”

We’re constantly told that running will ruin our knees and outrage our hearts, but for nearly all of human existence, it was associated with freedom, vitality, and eternal youth.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “In ‘Tarahumara’ land, there was no crime, war or theft. There was no corruption, obesity, drug addiction, greed, wife-beating, child abuse, heart disease, high blood pressure, or carbon emissions. They didn’t get diabetes, or depressed, or even old: 50-year-olds outran teenagers.”

In ‘Tarahumara’ land, there was no crime, war or theft. There was no corruption, obesity, drug addiction, greed, wife-beating, child abuse, heart disease, high blood pressure, or carbon emissions. They didn’t get diabetes, or depressed, or even old: 50-year-olds outran teenagers.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Everyone is built for running.”

Everyone is built for running.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Perhaps all our troubles – all the violence, obesity, illness, depression, and greed we can’t overcome – began when we stopped living as Running People. Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way.”

Perhaps all our troubles – all the violence, obesity, illness, depression, and greed we can’t overcome – began when we stopped living as Running People. Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “But you can’t muscle through a five-hour run that way; you have to relax into it like easing your body into a hot bath, until it no longer resists the shock and begins to enjoy it.”

But you can’t muscle through a five-hour run that way; you have to relax into it like easing your body into a hot bath, until it no longer resists the shock and begins to enjoy it.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Anyone can do running. Running should be easy. It should be fun. It should include everyone. It shouldn’t be a punishment for eating cheesecake, which is what we’ve turned it into.”

Anyone can do running. Running should be easy. It should be fun. It should include everyone. It shouldn’t be a punishment for eating cheesecake, which is what we’ve turned it into.

— Christopher McDougall



Christopher McDougall Quote: “The only way to truly conquer something, as every great philosopher and geneticist will tell you, is to love it.”

The only way to truly conquer something, as every great philosopher and geneticist will tell you, is to love it.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Endurance, after all, is the only reason we even exist. We think of ourselves as nature’s deadliest animals, but the truth is, a naked human is the biggest wimp in the wild. We have no fangs, no claws, no strength, and no speed.”

Endurance, after all, is the only reason we even exist. We think of ourselves as nature’s deadliest animals, but the truth is, a naked human is the biggest wimp in the wild. We have no fangs, no claws, no strength, and no speed.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “If you read folklore and mythology, any kind of myths, any kind of tall tales, running is always associated with freedom and vitality and youthfulness and eternal vigor. It’s only in our lifetime that running has become associated with fear and pain.”

If you read folklore and mythology, any kind of myths, any kind of tall tales, running is always associated with freedom and vitality and youthfulness and eternal vigor. It’s only in our lifetime that running has become associated with fear and pain.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Running is the heart of what it means to be human.”

Running is the heart of what it means to be human.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “We wouldn’t be alive without love we wouldn’t have survived without running maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that getting better at one could make you better at the other.”

We wouldn’t be alive without love we wouldn’t have survived without running maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that getting better at one could make you better at the other.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “The ‘Tarahumara’ use their legs ‘as designed.’ By running at a young age with minimal footwear, they naturally develop the best biomechanical use of their legs. Cushioned shoes restrict foot movements and allow for over-striding. Short strides are natural.”

The ‘Tarahumara’ use their legs ‘as designed.’ By running at a young age with minimal footwear, they naturally develop the best biomechanical use of their legs. Cushioned shoes restrict foot movements and allow for over-striding. Short strides are natural.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Running should be free, man.”

Running should be free, man.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation.”

That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they’d never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind’s first fine art, our original act of inspired creation.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Blaming the running injury epidemic on big, bad Nike seems too easy – but that’s okay, because it’s largely their fault.”

Blaming the running injury epidemic on big, bad Nike seems too easy – but that’s okay, because it’s largely their fault.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Were designed for persistence hunting, which is a mix of running and walking. Whats built into that kind of running is a sense of pleasure. You are designed and built and perfect for this activity, and it should be enjoyable and fun.”

Were designed for persistence hunting, which is a mix of running and walking. Whats built into that kind of running is a sense of pleasure. You are designed and built and perfect for this activity, and it should be enjoyable and fun.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Way before we were scratching pictures on caves or beating rhythms on hollow trees we were perfecting the art of combining our breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild terrain.”

Way before we were scratching pictures on caves or beating rhythms on hollow trees we were perfecting the art of combining our breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild terrain.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Extreme heroism springs from something that no scientific theory can fully explain; it’s an illogical impulse that flies in the face of biology, psychology, actuarial statistics, and basic common sense.”

Extreme heroism springs from something that no scientific theory can fully explain; it’s an illogical impulse that flies in the face of biology, psychology, actuarial statistics, and basic common sense.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “There is a growing subculture of barefoot runners, people who got rid of their shoes. And what they have found uniformly is you get rid of the shoes, you get rid of the stress, you get rid of the injuries and the ailments.”

There is a growing subculture of barefoot runners, people who got rid of their shoes. And what they have found uniformly is you get rid of the shoes, you get rid of the stress, you get rid of the injuries and the ailments.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “For nearly 2 million years, our ancestors survived and thrived and spread across the planet because they could run other mammals into heat exhaustion.”

For nearly 2 million years, our ancestors survived and thrived and spread across the planet because they could run other mammals into heat exhaustion.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “He was onto something. Something huge. It wasn’t just how to run; it was how to live, the essence of who we are as a species and what we’re meant to be.”

He was onto something. Something huge. It wasn’t just how to run; it was how to live, the essence of who we are as a species and what we’re meant to be.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “The words of the social critic Eric Hoffer were ringing true: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and turns into a racket.””

The words of the social critic Eric Hoffer were ringing true: “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and turns into a racket.”

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “One of the most dangerous and best-kept secrets of the medical profession is the epidemic of anesthesiologists who are addicted to their own drugs.”

One of the most dangerous and best-kept secrets of the medical profession is the epidemic of anesthesiologists who are addicted to their own drugs.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “When it comes to mentors, you can’t beat survival.”

When it comes to mentors, you can’t beat survival.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Faced with the almost inescapable conclusion that it had been selling lemons, Nike shifted into make-lemonade mode. Jeff Pisciotta became head of a top-secret and seemingly impossible project: finding a way to make a buck off a naked foot.”

Faced with the almost inescapable conclusion that it had been selling lemons, Nike shifted into make-lemonade mode. Jeff Pisciotta became head of a top-secret and seemingly impossible project: finding a way to make a buck off a naked foot.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “Even Charles Darwin, that human decoder ring of bizarre behavior, found the idea of saving a stranger’s life to be a total head-scratcher.”

Even Charles Darwin, that human decoder ring of bizarre behavior, found the idea of saving a stranger’s life to be a total head-scratcher.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “We’ve created an unnatural form of running. It’s not just the shoes, but we run on artificial surfaces – straight ahead, hard and steady – instead of speeding up and slowing down, reacting to the terrain with changes of pace and rhythm.”

We’ve created an unnatural form of running. It’s not just the shoes, but we run on artificial surfaces – straight ahead, hard and steady – instead of speeding up and slowing down, reacting to the terrain with changes of pace and rhythm.

— Christopher McDougall


Christopher McDougall Quote: “We are the biggest sissies in the jungle. Every other animal is stronger than we are – they have fangs, they have claws, they have nimbleness, they have speed. We think Usain Bolt is fast – Usain Bolt can get his ass kicked by a squirrel.”

We are the biggest sissies in the jungle. Every other animal is stronger than we are – they have fangs, they have claws, they have nimbleness, they have speed. We think Usain Bolt is fast – Usain Bolt can get his ass kicked by a squirrel.

— Christopher McDougall

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