As the 2008 recession hit, Jen quickly found herself with a newly purchased home, a fading freelance business, and an alcoholic boyfriend. To avoid slipping into an even deeper depression, she took to the streets. What started as a silly assignment (running and reporting on a 5k) soon became an obsession (running 50+ miles a week training for marathons). Running gave Jen focus, discipline, and a way to block out negativity; it gave her the confidence that her relationships with men never had; it gave her hope and a way forward. Over the course of a few short years and hundreds of miles, Jen fell in love with running, and in doing so found a way to fall out of love with the wrong kind of men and back in love with herself.
Running: A Love Story chronicles Jen's inspiring transformation. Often witty and always thoughtful, Running: A Love Story aims to examine running from a repeatedly overlooked vantage point - that of a woman shuffling in the middle of the pack, who runs not for medals but for something more.
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Writing seemed childish & didn't flow for me.
I purchased the audiobook after listening to an NPR segment they had with the author introducing this book. I tried to like it, but got to chapter 3 - and I just had to stop. I wanted a book about love & running, not about the author's everyday life in high school & college sorority. I had to roll my eyes every time she mentioned her high school softball team and her multiple scholarships (which were a lot). Then, all of a sudden, she starts running? The lackluster, long set-up and the sudden switch to her 5-k race-day was really oddly written, so I just gave up. Such a shame! I really did want to like this book after listening to Jen's interview.
Really enjoyable book!
- Marilyn Mitchell