I found out today, at the last minute, that this evening Christopher McDougall, the author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, was going to be at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA for a book signing. So I quickly changed my plans, ran home to get my copy, and then waded through Cambridge traffic, which is pretty bad even by Boston area standards, to get my copy signed.
I feel as if getting this book signed was one of the dots I needed to connect to help draw a picture of my 35+ years of running. The first running book I had signed was The Complete Book of Running by Jim Fixx, published in 1977. Jim Fixx's book was one of the first and most important books to help popularize running. Without question, it was very good snapshot of what was known about running in 1977. Born to Run is a very different type of book because it is written primarily as a story, and within that story is interwoven much of our current thinking about running.
Here I am with Christopher McDougall. In case you are wondering he's the tall guy and I'm the short guy.