• Après les canyons du Mexique, l'auteur de Born to Run met le cap sur la Méditerranée et nous emmène en Crète, berceau de la mythologie grecque, où il va découvrir que les pouvoirs des héros de l'Antiquité ne sont pas inaccessibles au commun des mortels, comme l'a démontré une poignée de résistants pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
    Sur cette Île farouche, il marche dans les pas du peintre fauché, du jeune berger insouciant et du poète romantique qui, en pleine occupation, ont osé défier Hitler en enlevant l'un de ses généraux. Où sont-ils allés puiser l'énergie et le courage nécessaires pour accomplir un tel exploit et échapper ensuite à la traque des nazis dans cet environnement impitoyable?
    Pour le comprendre, Chris McDougali retrace l'itinéraire de ces héros hauts en couleur, à la fois authentiques et ordinaires, qui ont su retrouver la force d'Héraclès, l'audace de Thésée et la résistance d'Ulysse sur le lieu même de leurs prodiges. Son enquête le mène également au coeur de Londres, sur les plages brésiliennes, dans les montagnes du Colorado où même en banlieue parisienne, où quelques athlètes avant-gardistes perpétuent encore aujourd 'hui les secrets des héros de l'antiquité.
    Comme Born to Run nous invitait à quitter nos chaussures pour renouer avec notre nature, Héroïques nous pousse hors des salles de fitness pour retrouver le "mouvement naturel" ... et l'étoffe des héros.

  • At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring author) make the treacherous journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe's secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long. With incredible energy and smart observation, McDougall tells this story while asking what the secrets are to being an incredible runner. Travelling to labs at Harvard, Nike, and elsewhere, he comes across an incredible cast of characters, including the woman who recently broke the world record for 100 miles and for her encore ran a 2:50 marathon in a bikini, pausing to down a beer at the 20 mile mark.

  • When barefoot running guru Christopher McDougall takes in a neglected donkey, his aim is to get Sherman back to reasonable health. But Sherman is ill-tempered, obstinate and uncooperative - and it's clear his poor treatment has made him deeply fearful of humans. Chris knows that donkeys need a purpose - they are working, pack animals - and so when he learns of the sport of Burro Racing or running with donkeys, he sets out to give Sherman something worth living for. With the aid of Chris's menagerie on his farm in rural Pennsylvania, his wife Mika and their friends and neighbours including the local Amish population, Sherman begins to build trust in Chris. To give him a purpose, they start to run together. But what Sherman gains in confidence and meaning is something we all need: a connection with nature, the outdoors, with movement. And as Chris learns, the side benefits of exercise and animal contact are surprising, helping with mental and physical health in unexpected ways.

  • The astonishing national bestseller and hugely entertaining story that completely changed the way we run.
    An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?
    Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner Christopher McDougall sets out to discover their secrets. In the process, he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America’s best ultra-runners against the tribe. McDougall’s incredible story will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

  • When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special.
    To beat the odds, the tricksters-starving, aging, outnumbered-tapped into an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism. They listened to their instincts, replaced calories with stored bodily fat and used their fascia, the network of tissue which criss-crosses the body, to catapult themselves to superhuman strength and endurance.
    Soon McDougall was in the middle of a modern fitness revolution taking place everywhere from Parisian parkour routes to state-of-the-art laboratories, and based on the know-how of Shanghai street-fighters and Wild West gunslingers. Just as Born to Run got runners off the treadmill and into nature, Natural Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to dump the gym membership for cross-training, mud runs and free-running.

  • The best-selling author of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere.
    After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II plotted the daring abduction of a German general from the heart of the Nazi occupation. How did a penniless artist, a young shepherd, and a playboy poet believe they could carry out such a remarkable feat of strength and endurance, smuggling the general past thousands of Nazi pursuers, with little more than their own wits and courage to guide them?
    McDougall makes his way to the island to find the answer and retrace their steps, experiencing firsthand the extreme physical challenges the Resistance fighters and their local allies faced. On Crete, the birthplace of the classical Greek heroism that spawned the likes of Herakles and Odysseus, McDougall discovers the tools of the hero--natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition. All of these skills, McDougall learns, are still practiced in far-flung pockets throughout the world today.
    More than a mystery of remarkable people and cunning schemes, Natural Born Heroes is a fascinating investigation into the lost art of the hero, taking us from the streets of London at midnight to the beaches of Brazil at dawn, from the mountains of Colorado to McDougall’s own backyard in Pennsylvania, all places where modern-day athletes are honing ancient skills so they’re ready for anything.
    Just as Born to Run inspired readers to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into the natural world, Natural Born Heroes will inspire them to leave the gym and take their fitness routine to nature--to climb, swim, skip, throw, and jump their way to their own heroic feats.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • L'auteur de Born to Run revient avec un livre qui raconte comment une équipe d'hommes ordinaires s'inspire des antiques techniques d'entraînement pour réussir une mission incroyable pendant la seconde guerre mondiale.
    Après les canyons du Mexique, l'auteur de Born to Run met le cap sur la Méditerranée et nous emmène en Crète, berceau de la mythologie grecque, où il va découvrir que les pouvoirs des héros de l'Antiquité ne sont pas inaccessibles au commun des mortels, comme l'a démontré une poignée de résistants pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Sur cette île farouche, il marche dans les pas du peintre fauché, du jeune berger insouciant et du poète romantique qui, en pleine occupation, ont osé défier Hitler en enlevant l'un de ses généraux. Où sont-ils allés puiser l'énergie et le courage nécessaires pour accomplir un tel exploit et échapper ensuite à la traque des nazis dans cet environnement impitoyable ?
    Pour le comprendre, Chris McDougall retrace l'itinéraire de ces héros hauts en couleur, à la fois authentiques et ordinaires, qui ont su retrouver la force d'Héraclès, l'audace de Thésée et la résistance d'Ulysse sur le lieu même de leurs prodiges. Son enquête le mène également au coeur de Londres, sur les plages brésiliennes, dans les montagnes du Colorado où même en banlieue parisienne, où quelques athlètes avant-gardistes perpétuent encore aujourd'hui les secrets des héros de l'antiquité. Comme
    Born to Run nous invitait à quitter nos chaussures pour renouer avec notre nature,
    Tous des héros nous pousse hors des salles de fitness pour retrouver le "mouvement naturel'... et l'étoffe des héros.

  • Everything you've been told about exercise is wrong. The author takes us to research laboratories in Germany, an assault course in the Brazilian jungle and Parisian parkour routes, exploding exercise myths (such as that fat prevents fitness - it's actually a brilliant energy source) and proving these techniques can be used by anyone, anywhere.

  • Everything you've been told about exercise is wrong. The author takes us to research laboratories in Germany, an assault course in the Brazilian jungle and Parisian parkour routes, exploding exercise myths (such as that fat prevents fitness - it's actually a brilliant energy source) and proving these techniques can be used by anyone, anywhere.

  • Una aventura épica que comenzó con una simple pregunta: ¿Por qué me duele el pie?
    Aislados por las peligrosas Barrancas de Cobre en México, los apacibles indios Tarahumara han perfeccionado durante siglos la capacidad de correr cientos de millas sin descanso ni lesiones.
    En este fascinante relato, el prestigioso periodista --y corredor habitualmente lesionado-- Christopher McDougall sale a descubrir sus secretos. En el proceso, nos lleva de los laboratorios de Harvard a los tórridos valles y las gélidas montañas de Norte América, donde los cada vez más numerosos ultra corredores están empujando sus cuerpos al límite, y finalmente a una vibrante carrera en las Barrancas de Cobre entre los mejores ultra corredores americanos y los sencillos Tarahumara. Esta increíble historia no solo despertará tu mente; además inspirará tu cuerpo cuando te des cuenta de que, de hecho, todos hemos nacido para correr.

  • "Excellent . . . A no-brainer pickup for the sports collection." -- Booklist "An affirmation of the strong state of American sportswriting." -- Kirkus Reviews From more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications and, increasingly, the top sports blogs, Christopher McDougall, best-selling author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, hand-selected the very best sports journalism of the past year.

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