Funny, inspiring, honest - the perfect listen for anyone with well-worn trainers by the door (or who's thinking of buying a pair...).
Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra-marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. This is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part weight loss. Part simple childlike joy of running when you could be walking. Each of the 26.2 chapters also features a fascinating insight into how others first started - from Paula Radcliffe to Steve Cram, the Brownlees to Jenson Button, Nicky Campbell to Nell McAndrew.
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I listened whilst training for Great North Run - absolutely loved it. Vassos is my running guru - keep telling everyone about him. Think the fact he was narrating is what made it so engaging. I feel we're now running buddies!!!!!
I write short stories and love reading. I can't stand poor grammar though. I like most types of books but I don't like erotica or romance.
I intend to attempt fairness with this book. I didn't like either the style of its construction or the way it was read. That's just a criticism on my part and others will I'm sure love it. It's written like a journalist would write a book which is to say full of interviews, anecdotes and back history. I don't think much to the format. Having said that there are some amusing passages in it and some very interesting observations about running. It's the kind of book you might 'dip in and out of' at leisure. The trouble is, it's read the way a journalist would read a newspaper article and I don't personally think much to that. However, if you like running then give this book a go. You might like it more than I do.
If, like me, you're just getting into running, these stories could make you want to jump up and head out for a run, again and again! If you're already a seasoned runner, you're also bound to enjoy the interviews with famous runners, so overall I'd definitely recommend this book. What makes it less than a five star rating is the way the author can frequently seem to be humble-bragging. Though he's certainly earned the right, hearing that he just hops up and runs marathons here and there, with Ironmans in between, can seem a bit beyond the everyday activities most of us are able to enjoy; while this doesn't make these tales any less entertaining, I'm certainly glad he frequently jumps back to more relatable runs round his local common.
As a runner of a sub 4 hour marathon (just!), who has spent the best part of 2 years sidelined with a hamstring/back injury, this book made me want to sign up for another long distance race. Whether my body will allow this, who knows, but for anyone who has never run and is contemplating doing so, this is one of the best motivational tools you could use. Funny, interesting and inspiring, I loved it!
I struggled with the style of the narration to start with, I found it a bit fast and I struggled to follow when he suddenly started talking the narrative of one of the books many contributers with little introduction, I thought it was still the authors words for a while so got confused.
I don't know the author / narrator from the radio and it took me about 3/4 of the book before I felt engaged with him and started to care about how he did.
I'm glad I stuck with it, it was an OK listen but not particularly inspirational compared to other books.
"Inspiring to build up your mileage."
I listened while training for a half marathon. The inspiring stories of athletes who went from normal lifers to ultra marathoners makes that 10 miles "long" training session short. And helps to put into perspective how "tired" you are after running 10k.... It helped me get to the half marathon level.
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