Becky begins the book w/ a telling anecdote in which one of the Ethiopian women with whom she’s training is having a bad workout and explains it by saying that “the devil is inside her”. Becky contrasts this with her own more “Type-A” analytical approach to training, a contrast which sets up a continuous theme of the book - challenging your assumptions and recognizing that there are many routes to success.
This book is about travel and learning from other cultures that attack a similar goal from very different directions. Do you have an experience being exposed to that same concept? If you’re a runner (or any athlete for that matter), have you ever been flabbergasted by something someone else does in training? Or, in the business world, have you ever come across a company that’s trying to do the same thing as another but from an entirely different angle? How do we learn from these challenges to our beliefs without becoming copy cats or feeling like we’re losing our own identity? How do we establish what’s “ours” vs. what we’re adapting?