Christopher McDougall quotes

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

    #Running #Meditation #Answers

  • The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other... but to be with each other.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Race #Reason

  • ...there was some kind of connection between the capacity to love and the capacity to love *running*. The engineering was certainly the same: both depended on loosening your grip on your own desires, putting aside what you wanted and appreciating what you've got, being patient and forgiving and... undemanding...maybe we shouldn't be surprised that getting better at one could make you better at the other.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Engineering #Appreciate

  • You don't stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Positive #Basketball #Running

  • 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

    #Running #Good Times #Scared

  • Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Running

  • There's something so universal about that sensation, the way running unites our two most primal impulses: fear and pleasure. 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

    #Running #Two #Way

  • 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

    #Thinking #Motto

  • 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

    #Running #Pain #Motivation

  • 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

    #Running #Get Better #Alive

  • But yeah, Ann [Trason] insisted, running was romantic; and no, of course her friends didn't get it because they'd never broken through. For them, running was a miserable two miles motivated solely by size 6 jeans: get on the scale, get depressed, get your headphones on, and get it over with. 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

    #Running #Jeans #Two

  • Running is the heart of what it means to be human.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Heart #Mean

  • -The reason we race isn't so much to beat each other but to be with each other. -The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Prayer #Sacrifice

  • Try the meditation of the trail, just walk along looking at the trail at your feet and don't look about and just fall into a trance as the ground zips by," Kerouac wrote. "Trails are like that: you're floating along in a Shakespearean Arden paradise and expect to see nymphs and fluteboys, then suddenly you're struggling in a hot broiling sun of hell in dust and nettles and poison oak... just like life.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Struggle #Fall

  • human urine is both nutrient-rich and an effective tooth whitener
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Teeth #Rich #Humans

  • Distance running was revered because it was indispensable; it was the way we survived and thrived and spread across the planet. You ran to eat and to avoid being eaten; you ran to find a mate and impress her, and with her you ran off to start a new life together. You had to love running, or you wouldn't live to love anything else. And like everything else we love-everything we sentimentally call our 'passions' and 'desires'-it's really an encoded ancestral necessity. We were born to run; we were born because we run.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Distance #Passion

  • 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

    #Running #Relax #Hot

  • There are two goddesses in your heart,” he told them. “The Goddess of Wisdom and the Goddess of Wealth. Everyone thinks they need to get wealth first, and wisdom will come. So they concern themselves with chasing money. But they have it backwards. You have to give your heart to the Goddess of Wisdom, give her all your love and attention, and the Goddess of Wealth will become jealous, and follow you.” Ask nothing from your running, in other words, and you’ll get more than you ever imagined.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Jealous #Heart

  • Sometimes,' she said, 'it takes a woman to bring out the best in a man.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Men #Sometimes #Said

  • Nearly all runners do their slow runs too fast, and their fast runs too slow." Ken Mierke says. "So they're just training their bodies to burn sugar, which is the last thing a distance runner wants. You've got enough fat stored to run to California, so the more you train your body to burn fat instead of sugar, the longer your limited sugar tank is going to last." -The way to activate your fat-burning furnace is by staying below your aerobic threshold--your hard-breathing point--during your endurance runs.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Distance #Breathing

  • Know why people run marathons? …Because running is rooted in our collective imagination, and our imagination is rooted in running. Language, art, science; space shuttles, Starry Night, intravascular surgery; they all had their roots in our ability to run. Running was the superpower that made us human — which means its a superpower all humans posses.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Art #Mean

  • Make friends with pain, and you will never be alone.~Ken Chlouber, Colorado miner and creator of the Leadville Trail 100 mile race
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Pain #Race #Colorado

  • 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

    #Running #Essence #Who We Are

  • 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

    #Running #People #Greed

  • You don't have to be fast. But you'd better be fearless.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Fearless

  • 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

    #Running #Years #Mammals

  • 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

    #Running #Heart #Ruins

  • 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

    #Motivation #Stress #Inspiration

  • Deny your nature, and it will erupt in some other, uglier way.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Way #Deny

  • When it comes to mentors, you can't beat survival.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Survival #Mentor #Beats

  • 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

    #Running #Shoes #Pace

  • 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

    #Running #Animal #Race

  • I have the idea that running shoes are based on a kind of cult idea - that our feet are flawed and we need shoes to correct those flaws. The shoe companies are in the business of selling shoes. But there's no evidence from running shoe manufacturers that they're right. There's no scientific data that running shoes reduce injury.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Data #Shoes

  • 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

    #Ideas #Saving #Stranger

  • I received the best advice for running I ever heard: 'You're not going to win, so just relax. If it feels like work, you're running too hard.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Winning #Advice

  • 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

    #Children #Teenager #War

  • 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

    #Epidemics #Drug #Secret

  • 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

    #Animal #Thinking #Endurance

  • 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

    #Spring #Common Sense #Psychology

  • 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

    #Running #Shoes #Feet

  • 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 ***** kicked by a squirrel.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Motivation #Inspiration #Animal

  • 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

    #Running #Fun #Punishment

  • 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

    #Running #Fun #Persistence

  • We say the rarajipari is the game of life, ' Angel said. 'You never know how hard it will be. You never know when it will end. You can't control it. You can only adjust.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Angel #Games #Ends

  • 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

    #Running #Art #Real

  • 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

    #Running #Art #Self

  • If you don't think you were born to run you're not only denying history. You're denying who you are.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Thinking #Born To Run

  • Blaming the running injury epidemic on big, bad Nike seems too easy - but that's okay, because it's largely their fault.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Nike #Running #Epidemics

  • The Tarahumara would party like this all night, then rouse themselves the next morning to face off in a running race that could last not two miles, not two hours, but two full days. According to the Mexican historian Francisco Almada, a Tarahumara champion once ran 435 miles, the equivalent of setting out for a jog in New York City and not stopping till you were closing in on Detroit.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Morning #New York

  • 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

    #Taken #Technology #Hunters

  • it’s easy to get outside yourself when you’re thinking about someone else.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Thinking #Easy

  • Ask nothing from your running, and you'll get more than you ever imagined!
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running

  • When I'm out on a long run," she continued, "the only thing in life that matters is finishing the run. For once, my brain isn't going blehblehbleh all the time. Everything quiets down, and the only thing going on is pure flow. It's jus time and the movement and the motion.That's what love--just being a barbarian, running through the woods.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Long #Brain

  • 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. 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. And when our ancestors finally did make their first cave paintings, what were the first designs? A downward slash, lightning bolts through the bottom and middle-behold, the Running Man.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Art #Real

  • 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

    #Running #Eric #Movement

  • 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

    #Nike #Running #Feet

  • We were born to run; we were born because we run.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Born To Run #Born

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

    #Summer #Running #Animal

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

    #Way #Philosopher #Conquer

  • Running should be free, man.
    -- Christopher McDougall

    #Running #Men #Should