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.
©2015 Vassos Alexander (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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.
whilst listening to this book I have stopped smoking and been for about 20 runs. I am now set to run my first 10k.
"even reading this book is exhausting"
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.
"Like the guy, lost the plot."
Decent read. Hard to keep track of characters at times especially when you dib in and out of the book.
"fun stories, awkward narration style"
but you get used to it (narration style). Accurate portrayal of the running addiction :)
"Listened whilst running!"
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!!!!!
A really interesting read and insight into peoples motivation to run. funny tales, handy hints and a lot I can relate to. delivered well.
"overall a good listen"
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.
"inspirational and well read"
This is a great audiobook and Vassos speaks to many different athletes and runners throughout which provides an vast source of onward reading, just about to start Greg Whytes audio book achieve the impossible. very easy to listen to and replaced my usual commute music in the car.
Highly recommended and my running heiatus of 6 months is about to end.
Thanks Vassos and congratulations on the 100 mile belt buckle!
"Fun listen and very inspirational"
I like the way this story from each part of his gruelling iron man marathon is told intertwined with professional/inspirational runners storys along with his own interesting tale.
I alway enjoy the author being the narrator of book, but his voice does take a little getting used to but once your used to his storytelling style it's fantastic!
His tale went from one extreme to the other from not being a runner to running ultra marathons so (not that it's not possible) but not nessecarily something totally relatable to, but this book for me is about inspiring and it has totally done that. The wonderful way he talks about how running can be enjoyable and fun, really made me just want to go out with my trainers on and go to the park and just run! Which I did.
The great bits from other runners put in there made it a great listen, I would high recommend to first time runners and runners who maybe want a bit of inspiration to people who dont run who want a fun story to listern to (which will probably want to make you run)
Very interesting and informative too. only slight criticism was that as it was all read by Vassos it was confusing as to who's story you were listening to at times.
This book definitely makes you want to run, faster and further than you have ever done before!
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