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By Gillian on 04-12-16
ESPECIALLY Good for Those of Us Who Don't Run!
I don't run--I watch the Iron Man contest whilst sitting on the sofa and eating Boom Chicka Pop. I creak; I groan. But the thought of running chills my very blood.
That said, I AM into motivation and inspiration and "My Year of Running Dangerously" is most certainly that. We watch as Tom first beats his 7-year old daughter in a foot race then goes on to join her in a marathon where he can come to terms with her being a full-grown young woman. What starts off as her offhand request turns into his obsession and it's fascinating and inspiring to read, excuse me, listen to.
It's about training in sleet and snow, training after a Broadway show. It's about having a wonderful date with your spouse and winding up asking about running gear at the very end of the date... a mood killer if there ever was one.
There's plenty here for the runner (my husband is a runner) about diet and endurance and pacing, but when you look at his journey as a metaphor, there's so much here about how to see and engage in struggle, about how to live with passion and joy. About fear that eats at you as you get ready to attempt your greatest aspiration. About how to go on when the voice in your head says, "Quit... quit... quit..." and, "You'll never make it." Rising up strong from that? How can any listener not be inspired?
Then too, Tom's wonderful narration is topped only by his ability to write. This is one darned funny book. The similes are to die for (him being as graceful as a pig thrown from a train? Poor pig, but pretty hilarious), and his way of viewing life brings many chuckles and smiles. His explanation about how the title marathon got its name is worth the price of admission.
I finished this book inspired. Maybe not to run (walking, anybody?), but to tackle my latest bit of procrastination, definitely.
Most certainly worth the time and price!
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By Charles W. Woods on 11-17-15
Truely inspiring tale
The author tells his inspiring story with good humor and humility. It was as compelling as any novel, yet it's true.
I highly recommend it to runners and their families, especially to people who are contemplating taking on somethings extreme, like their first marathon or ultramarathon!
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