The monikers drunk, addict, abuser, and boozehound were Caleb Daniloff’s for 15 years. Now, the introduction that fits him best is "My name is Caleb and I am a runner."
In Running Ransom Road, Daniloff, many years sober, confronts his past by setting out, over the course of 18 months, to run marathons in the cities where he once lived and wreaked havoc. Competing from Boston to New York, Vermont to Moscow, Daniloff explores the sobering and inspiring effects of running as he traverses the trails of his former self, lined with dark bars, ratty apartments, lost loves, and lost chances. With each race he comes to understand who he is, and by extension who he was, and he finds he is not alone. There are countless souls in sneakers running away from something, or better, running past and through whatever it is that haunts them.
In this powerful story of ruin, running, and redemption, Daniloff illuminates the connection between running and addiction and shows that the road to recovery is an arduous but conquerable one. Strapping on a pair of Nikes won't banish all your demons, but it can play an important role in maintaining a clean life. For Daniloff, sweat, strained lungs, and searing muscles are among the paving stones of empowerment, and, if he's lucky, perhaps even self-forgiveness.
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Compelling and sympathetic presentation of the painful healing and growth from alcoholism and shame. In spite of that valuable but seemingly earnest material, this woven tale draws the reader in and makes us care for the author and his journey, enjoy his growth and see our own selves in the story and gain empathy for others.
Books about success in life and how to overcome major obstacles are certainly not hard to find. What troubles me is that most often they are written by people who live in a different universe. That of million-dollar-salary CEOs or movie stars and the like. This one is from a guy who was really believably at rock bottom and pulled himself out of it by finding running as his new addiction. I got much encouragement from his story.
I've read a lot of books on recovery but this one touched me in a way I can't explain. I too have looked to running for my sanity and sanctuary while getting sober and I hung on every word as the author read. I will listen to this book again and recommend it to anyone.
Overall I liked the book. Was not gripping or nor one of my favorites but I enjoyed listening to his story of how running helped him overcome addictions in his life.
I loved this book but the tone on the narration fell short. As a runner myself, I could relate to pretty much all of his running thoughts. For those marathons that I had in common with the author, I got to relive the experiences, both good and not so good.
I will definitely recommend this book for my running friends, and for people suffering with addictions, as well as those people who have an addict in their family or circle of friends, as I do/did. It was enlightening.
He is erratic, all over the place. I respect his story and was excited to listen, but he has like a metaphor in every sentence practically, and sometimes repeated. The expansive vocabulary is good but gets a bit much. So does the traveling through time, the transitions are kind of confusing. I am halfway through and am not sure if I am going to finish this.
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