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Summary

If running extreme distances is as much about mental endurance as physical, how do you keep going when your internal monologue turns against you? That was the simple question Ira Rainey faced when the darkness of depression cast its long shadow over his life. It turned out the answer was far from simple.

Following on from award-winning Fat Man to Green Man: From Unfit to Ultramarathon, Ira's second book examines how important mental state, support, and friendship are, not just to running long distances but also to life and happiness as a whole.

This is not a book about winning, nor is it written as a guide, a how to nor an instruction manual. This is simply an honest window into the world of unremarkable ultramarathon running.

Still Not Bionic follows Ira's turbulent journey as he battles his inner demons across mountains, along coastal paths and beside canals in his attempt to undertake the ultimate quest of completing a 100-mile footrace across England.

©2017 Ira Rainey (P)2017 Ira Rainey

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Another great book by this Bionic Man......

What did you like most about Still Not Bionic?

This book was just great. From depression to success. It shows the highs and lows in someones everyday lives and how sport can help with mental issues. I find that if I go on a run and I've something on my mind, it feels so much better afterwards.

What did you like best about this story?

Some of the stories of both failure and success while running are an inspiration. To hear others suffering the same problems in sport that you do reminds yourself that you are just human too and indeed not bionic

What about Sam Devereaux’s performance did you like?

Sam read this very well and he was easy to listen to throughout.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The realisation that giving up your life really wasn't the best option. Having lost a brother to suicide, it's hard to understand why someone would do that but to hear that others have the same dark thoughts can help you understand the desperation that those that choose suicide must be going through.

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I just thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first word to the last. Having been out of running just for two weeks really did depress me but knowing that the road will still be there waiting for you, not judging, not commenting but just welcoming is a great comfort when injuries or illness remove you from trainers...

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Another great book!

Second book I’ve read by Ira Rainey, both excellent and impossible to put down! Nicely written and narrated, you don’t need to know anything about running to really enjoy this, as it’s not a detailed description of how to run more an insight into how it is for him to run. Highly recommended!!

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absolutely insireing book to read to anybody can acomplish such a fantastic feat makes me want to run an ultra .

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  • Iain
  • Lanark, United Kingdom
  • 17-07-17

He's maybe not bionic but it is brilliant listen.

Everyman" Ira Rainey has written another funny, accessible and real life account of running, training, ultramarathons, and the struggles with modern day life and mood. A brilliant sequel to "Green Man to Ultraman", the story continues on exactly where it left off, giving a superb real world account of Ira training for his first 100 miler and the ups and downs along the way.

Ira isn't Kílian Jornet, he isn't Dean Karnazes, and that's what makes these books such a brilliant listen and an inspiration for the "average joe" (and by that I mean non-elite!!) runner.

Whilst the narration is great, it's a shame to have a change of narrator between the first and second books, as I do link a voice to a writer.

Bring on the next one Ira.

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  • DawgLawyer
  • 23-01-18

Great analogies to life

I love how Ira equates running to life. I do that often. Depression is one of life’s obstacles that can be overcome by perseverance, hard work and plenty of aid stations.