As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job - it occurred at home, when his 18-year-old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?" My Year of Running Dangerously is Foreman's journey through four half marathons, three marathons, and one 55-mile race. What started as an innocent request from his daughter quickly turned into a rekindled passion for long-distance running - for the training, the camaraderie, the defeats, and the victories. Told with honesty and humor, Foreman's account captures the universal fears of aging and failure alongside the hard-won moments of triumph, tenacity, and going further than you ever thought possible.
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"Even the author's long-suffering family had to admit at the end of the season that he was happier, and readers will enjoy running alongside him." (Kirkus)
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
I don't run--I watch the Iron Man contest whilst sitting on the sofa and eating Boom Chicka Pop. I creak; I groan. But the thought of running chills my very blood.
That said, I AM into motivation and inspiration and "My Year of Running Dangerously" is most certainly that. We watch as Tom first beats his 7-year old daughter in a foot race then goes on to join her in a marathon where he can come to terms with her being a full-grown young woman. What starts off as her offhand request turns into his obsession and it's fascinating and inspiring to read, excuse me, listen to.
It's about training in sleet and snow, training after a Broadway show. It's about having a wonderful date with your spouse and winding up asking about running gear at the very end of the date... a mood killer if there ever was one.
There's plenty here for the runner (my husband is a runner) about diet and endurance and pacing, but when you look at his journey as a metaphor, there's so much here about how to see and engage in struggle, about how to live with passion and joy. About fear that eats at you as you get ready to attempt your greatest aspiration. About how to go on when the voice in your head says, "Quit... quit... quit..." and, "You'll never make it." Rising up strong from that? How can any listener not be inspired?
Then too, Tom's wonderful narration is topped only by his ability to write. This is one darned funny book. The similes are to die for (him being as graceful as a pig thrown from a train? Poor pig, but pretty hilarious), and his way of viewing life brings many chuckles and smiles. His explanation about how the title marathon got its name is worth the price of admission.
I finished this book inspired. Maybe not to run (walking, anybody?), but to tackle my latest bit of procrastination, definitely.
Most certainly worth the time and price!
The author tells his inspiring story with good humor and humility. It was as compelling as any novel, yet it's true.
I highly recommend it to runners and their families, especially to people who are contemplating taking on somethings extreme, like their first marathon or ultramarathon!
This book exceeded my expectations and I did not want it to end! If you've ever lost your direction and went on hiatus from running and returned back to it then give this book a listen. Tom is well written and even better at spoken word as he was a delight to listen to. I could relate to so many areas of this story and cheered him on thru his journey! Thanks Tom for a great book and I'm hoping you have more books in your future for us!
Loved the witty, fast paced self depreciating well informed journey. This guy inspired me to start running again at 52! You're an interesting guy Tom Foreman
As a relatively new runner, it was great to hear about his very human struggles along the way to running an ultra marathon. Loved tbe reationship with his family and the genuine way they communicated with each other. The author did a great job of narrating!
As a runner I found this to be completely entertaining and was a very enjoyable listening experience. The story was great and absolutely hilarious. Some of it was a bit over the top and cheesy but still highly recommend for runners, and non-runners alike.
I hate running; I'll admit it. I can't stand it. It can be boring, exhaustive, and just down right painful. So why did I choose this book? I asked myself that same question. Yet, the more I listened to this book, the more interested in running I became. Soon, rather than walking my dog in the evening, I was running with my dog instead. The author's experience is more extreme than my own – he ran 2000 miles in his first year as Quinquagenarian which included a bunch of half-marathons, several full marathons and an ultramarathon of over 50 miles. I'm not even gonna get close to any of those distances, and that's fine by me.
The book begins with an underlying tale of the author attempting to forge a closer relationship with his daughter, who had suggested he return to marathon running and agreed to join him in this venture. The initial idea and the training for the marathon takes up the first half of the book. As it progresses he realizes he’ll have to intensify his training significantly – to double the number of miles he runs each week, essentially. This is hard-core and starts to have a significant impact on his life: the number of hours he’s out on the trail means he’s got precious little time for anything else other than sleep and work. This part of the book gets more interesting as he describes the weather he endured and the grueling toll running for hours at a time takes on his body.
This book opened my eyes about running. It changed my perception of running, and now I find it a little more enjoyable. I'd recommend it for sure.
The narration was good, since the author is a newsman, he's not new to the microphone.
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If you have ever even thought about running a marathon you should pick up this book to get a glimpse into that oft-forsaken world. Tom gives you some insight into what troubles and triumphs you might face and the struggles with the balance between work and family. I enjoyed every moment and look forward to listening again one day when im running a marathon of my own.
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