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.
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.
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!!!!!
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whilst listening to this book I have stopped smoking and been for about 20 runs. I am now set to run my first 10k.
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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.
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I love Vassos on the Radio 2 breakfast show and I USED to like running. Listening to this book has been a joy and a pleasure. It’s made me want to get some running shoes...
great to listen to whilst exercising especially when you need that extra bit of motivation. usually in the form of somebody elses misery
Having really enjoyed my last 'running/ultraman themed' book, I was looking forward to this as the reviews were good and the synopsis also.
The content of the book is good, funny and light - well what I can keep up with and this isn't a running pun.
I found the delivery and order of the book really jerky and I had to overly concentrate to work out what part of the story tI was in or was it a personal anecdote or a story from someone else. There was far too much movement around in the story for my personal liking, which is a shame. I had to turn off a few times as it was giving me a headache.
I was only listening to this on a commute, so generally little distractions that would cause me to lose concentratiaon but I couldn't imagine trying this book on a run - which I know isn't it's sole purpose but generally these types of books are a good running companion.
Whilst Vassos comes across well in the audio and had good pitch and tone variations I'm not the structure has helped with this.
An exceptionally humorous version of Vassos’ journey into running (and eating). We’ve all been there, you’ll identify with so many of his experiences and laugh along. You’ll learn a few things too as he includes many nuggets picked up from various experts that he has access to. That it’s narrated by the author himself is wonderful as the intended tone and intonation is preserved...although you do expect him to break into a commentary or news bulletin at any moment.
I took Vassos out on a 40mile run with me and managed to listen for about 3hrs before switching to music - that’s how absorbing it is.
I enjoyed listening to this book by the author Vassos. It was funny, light hearted but also informative. It has inspired me to go from a speedy walk to a slow jog and who knows where from there!
Any additional comments?
Whilst the story line was interesting, with a range of anecdotes and a very interesting style (each chapter begins by profiling a mile of Alexander's Outlaw Ironman Triathlon run leg), I didn't find the book inspiring. Despite discussing this with others who have read the book, I can't work out why.
What made the experience of listening to Don't Stop Me Now the most enjoyable?
Its a great read, by a somewhat normal bloke that loves to run, ok he's on the radio has a great voice for an audio book, but the experiences he tells are so familiar to anyone who runs and its just a damn good read.