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Record breaking runner Heinrich trained by observing how animals are built for stamina and speed. He explores the race as metaphor for life, and makes comparisons between animal and human movement and behavior.
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?Racing the Antelope is a stunningly original book. It blends personal experience in world-class distance running with a first-hand account of the biology of running by one of its leading authorities.? Edward O. Wilson, university research professor, Harvard University?Bernd Heinrich is a world-class scientist and graceful writer who has successfully intertwined his study of animal endurance with a highly engaging account of his own experiences as a long-distance runner. His passion for running, as well as his expert knowledge of physiology and biology, make this one of the most original and absorbingscience books I have ever read.? Paul R. Ehrlich, professor of biology, Stanford University?Heinrich is not only a highly respected scientist and a top rated athlete who repeatedly has won marathon and ultra marathon races in competition with the world's best runners, he is also a superb naturalist whose writings about nature and the animals he loves reveal a warm and sensitive human being.? Knut Schmidt-Nielsen, Emeritus professor of physiology, Duke University?This book is a great read for anyone who enjoys long-distance running, for it reveals much about the physiological mechanisms that make possible this curious activity. It is also a marvelous book for anyone interested in scientific creativity, for the author, one the most original biologists around today, shares with the reader many of his formative experiences, from childhood through his school years, to college and beyond.? Thomas D. Seeley, professor of biology, Cornell University?Every runner who runs outside, away from the indoor treadmills, can discover the innate and powerful connections to nature and our ancient ancestorsthat Bernd Heinrich speaks about in Racing the Antelope. Why some of us can run faster and farther than others in the animal kingdom, and how we can benefit from that knowledge as runners, is explained in this unique view of running. This is not a how-to book, it's a ?why? book--and an immensely enjoyable read.? Bill Rodgers?Bernd Heinrich is rightly regarded as one of the great American ultrarunners of the second half of the twentieth century. Yet, for many, I suspect, this book will be seen as his greatest contribution to the sport, and to runners everywhere. Offering fascinating insights into our humanity, Racing the Antelope gives a remarkable perspective on how and why running is an integral part of what makes us human.? Andy Milroy, Ultrarunning Magazine, author of Training for Ultras?Few people in the world know as much about insect physiology as Bernd Heinrich, and virtually no one knows as much first-hand about distance running and its impact on human physiology. Here, always fascinating, often provocative, and sometimes bizarre is the witty and erudite collision of Bernd Heinrich's two passions. Where else will you find a careful analysis of the claim by Naoko Takahashi, winner of the women's marathon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, that her success depended on drinking the stomach secretions of the larval grubs of giant killer hornets?? Naomi E. Pierce, professor of Biology, Harvard University?The book is a celebration of organismal integrity and performance. Heinrich smoothly weaves together accounts from his boyhood and his scientific career, with insightful stories about the amazing feats of animal performance, a new view of human evolution and of course the red thread: hiscareer as a runner that culminates in winning, at age 41, the Chicago 100 km marathon. Heinrich is so curious and is so much an experimental biologist that he views his own life and uses his own performances as insightful experiments. This book is a well-researched and deeply inspired outlook on achievement.? Theunis Piersma, associate professor at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies at the University of Groningen and Senior Research Scientist at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research ?Racing the Antelope interweaves autobiography and science in a wonderfully satisfying manner. Bernd Heinrich knows a great deal about running both from personal experience and from his research into the physiology of runners (and fliers) of other species. Even couch potatoes will enjoy learning about Heinrich's experiences and discoveries as we travel with him to an ultramarathon with detours along the way to visit the blackpoll warbler, the bumblebee and many more creatures able to run the good race.? John Alcock, author of In a Desert Garden and Sonoran Desert Summer

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