Christopher McDougall believes we're all runners at heart. You'll likely convert to his philosophy when you read his book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. It's an excellent tale about McDougall's foray into the secret world of the Tarahumara Indians, arguably the greatest runners on earth, who live in the treacherous terrain of Mexico's Copper Canyons. Along the way, he encounters ultrarunners of all sorts, including Jenn Shelton and Scott Jurek. He rounds all these folks up to head off to Tarahumara land for a hush-hush race through the Canyons set up by Caballo Blanco, a mysterious American loner who's gone native. This book will not only make you want to run; it will make you want to run barefoot to reconnect with an ancient way of life.
If you think you don't have it in you to be a runner, don't despair. It's in there somewhere. You may never run like the Tarahumara, but you can at least gear up for a marathon. Check out Hal Higdon's training plan to get you off the couch and out the door.