Why We Run: A Natural History

Bernd Heinrich

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Somehow I just didn’t click with this writer. His areas of technical interest (moth respiration!) didn’t really do it for me, and his personal story/anecdotes lacked the sort of warmth and humanity that I am now reading in Frans de Waal. Although Heinrich tries to portray ultrarunning as accessible for anyone with the will to train, his race paces were world-class, which makes it hard for the amateur runner to relate. Nonetheless, I did find interesting the (somewhat speculative) accounts of the evolution of human endurance hunting.

My Goodreads rating: 2 stars