Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen


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Months later, I’d learn that iskiate is otherwise known as chia fresca— “chillychia.” It’s brewed up by dissolving chia seeds in water with a little sugar and a squirt of lime.

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Steve Peterson, a member of a Colorado higher-consciousness cult called Divine Madness, which seeks nirvana through sex parties, extreme trail running, and affordable housecleaning.

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You don’t have to be fast. But you’d better be fearless.

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Evolution Running. Coincidentally, two other barefoot-style running methods were popping up around the same time.

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“Chi Running,” based on the balance and minimalism of tai chi, began taking off in San Francisco, while Dr. Nicholas

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“It’s mostly pinto beans, squash, chili peppers, wild greens, pinole, and lots of chia. And pinole isn’t as hard to get as you think.” sells it online, along with heritage seeds in case you want

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Even your breakfast burrito plays a role; Lieberman’s investigations had revealed that as our diet shifted over the centuries from chewy stuff like raw roots and wild game and gave way to mushy cooked staples like spaghetti and ground beef, our faces began to shrink. Ben Franklin’s face was chunkier than yours; Caesar’s was bigger than his.

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The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, he understood, but to be with each other.