I am not a runner, but married to a marathoner. Bought him the hardcopy book and got intrigued reading the 1st few pages. Bought the audio version for myself and found it fascinating. It covers such a wide variety of running subjects. Have several friends who have run the Leadville 100, so found that subject expecially interesting. A must for runners--and their faithful supporters!
I don't run but my wife told me to listen to it. It read like a riveting story full of colorful characters. I't actually got me motivated to start running, which is a feat in of itself. I would highly recommend it even if your not into running.
I've done various sports for most of my life, but the level of activity came close to a halt after I got three kids in a short time span starting a few years ago. I began to feel more and more out of shape. Running in itself never caught on. I've tried a few times, but it never stuck. The motivation for going for a run just wasn't there. After I listened to this book, I strapped on my running shoes and went for a short run on a rainy Friday in April in Oslo, Norway. This time I had the book and its many different aspects of running fresh in my mind. This gave me an intrinsic inspiration to take up running. Thanks Chris!
This is my first review for Audible after many years of listening, and I found this book one of the most surprising and enjoyable of my many downloads. I am NOT a runner, but the story is so fascinating and the characters so gripping, that I have listened to this book many times. It tells a real story about people, yet intertwines science, medicine, history, and humor. The 100 mile races are incredible to read about, but the story telling is what catches you. That's the key - this is true story telling.
Even if you're not a runner, you can probably appreciate good story telling - and this book delivers. Very good narration, thought provoking from both an athletic and a sociological point of view, with a compelling cast of characters - I've listened to it three times!
A fascinating story. And I learned a whole lot about running. I.e., I wasn't aware of the relationship between jogging and Nike.
Yep. The book has definitely gotten me interested in running.
Wow! I now own both the book and audio version, and have been through it a combined 3 times in about 6 months. This is a profoundly good book; books like this only come by once in a great while for me. The writing style is exceptional. The topics are well-woven together, and the plot (although non-fiction) is absolutely engaging. This book was life-changing for me. I think maybe it could be for most people. I disagree with one aspect of the author's thesis...he somewhat glorifies a vegetarian diet while later demonstrating that humans evolved because of their fantastic ability to run down prey (hint: prey = meat), and the underlying theme of the book is something along the lines that there is a runner in every one of us (and I'd take it a step further to say there is a meat-eater in every one of us :). That is nitpicking on my part, however. This is one book that I can whole-heartedly recommend and I don't think too many people will be annoyed with me after reading it.
Recently started running again and was suffering. This book has motivated me to sign up for a half marathon and pointed me in the direction to figure out how to run without pain and injury. And it's a great story too, even if you could care less about about the primary subject.