Download PDF by Bernd Heinrich: Why We Run: A Natural History


By Bernd Heinrich

ISBN-10: 0060958707

ISBN-13: 9780060958701

In Why We Run, biologist, award-winning nature author, and ultramarathoner Bernd Heinrich explores a brand new point of view on human evolution by way of interpreting the phenomenon of ultraendurance and makes staggering discoveries concerning the actual, religious -- and primal -- force to win. right away lyrical and medical, Why We Run indicates Heinrich's signature mixture of biology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy, infused together with his ardour to find how and why we will be able to in attaining superhuman abilities.

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I left the bike at Prescott, and I ran. The one-room post office was the domain of Gordon Gould, a short, battle-scarred tank of an Irishman. He liked to be known as Lefty. And Lefty he was to me, and in my memory will remain so always, even though I never actually saw him swing that left hook he said he was famous for when he was on his way to become the welterweight champion of the world, before he got shot up in the war. ” Lefty was once a Good Will day student, and I felt comfortable with him because he knew what our life was like, and the outside world as well.

But I came back empty-handed. Forgetting was no excuse. I had to turn around and go back again, in order to learn that if you don’t have it in your head, then you must have it in your legs—a good theory, but more running never helped me get less spacey. Just possibly it made me a better runner. My intuition tells me that it takes no special effort of 28 why we run running early in life to become a great runner later. There are hardly more impressive runners than Bruce Bickford, who grew up on a farm in central Maine and who did not do much exercise beyond plenty of farm chores until he took up cross-country in his sophomore year of high school, when he immediately became a world-class runner.

Road trips,” Mr. ” Our longest road trip would be to Vinalhaven, an island off the Maine coast. We’d take a ferry ride in addition to a long car ride. I wanted to make the team more than ever. But could I outrun enough of these brutes to do so? We were issued uniforms and equipment. We each got one pair of white cotton socks, one jockstrap, and a pair of narrow black canvas running shoes with a thin, hard rubber sole. Our running uniforms were black shorts and an orange T-shirt with the Good Will emblem.

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