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Running is not just a sport. It reconnects us to our bodies and the places in which we live, breaking down our increasingly structured and demanding lives. It allows us to feel the world beneath our feet, lifts the spirit, allows our minds out to play and helps us to slip away from the demands of the modern world.  

When Vybarr Cregan-Reid set out to discover why running meant so much to so many, he began a journey which would take him out to tread London’s cobbled streets, climbing to sites that have seen a millennium of hangings, and down the crumbling alleyways of Ruskin's Venice. 

Footnotes transports you to the clifftops of Hardy's Dorset, the deserted shorelines of Seattle, the giant redwood forests of California, and the world’s most advanced running laboratories and research centres, using debates in literature, philosophy and biology to explore that simple human desire to run. 

Liberating and inspiring, this book reminds us why feeling the earth beneath our feet is a necessary and healing part of our lives.

©2017 Vybarr Cregan-Reid (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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A bit too literary for me, but still excellent

This is a running book in one sense, but the author is very steeped in and aware of literature and the many tendrils it sends into many aspects of human life, including running. He has an amazing command of literature and as an audio book, was a little hard to keep track of the many briefly mentioned and fairly esoteric writers and situations. Nevertheless I learned a lot. Also Vybarr (sp) has a wonderfully organic and natural view of running and that was super refreshing for a watch-crazed miles-counting runner like me. Definitely worth reading and even listening if you are quick with the “go back 20 seconds” button. The one criticism I would make is about the reader, who was very good but has this habit of doing an American Accent when a quote by an American is being read. It is very well done, but definitely sounds like an Englishman imitating an American and so is distracting. Stop that! I am sure his American Accent is much better than my English accent, but still...

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  • Elliot Fairhurst
  • 11-21-18

A philosophical exercise for the mind, body and soul.

For something (running) that I never thought I’d get into, this has been a complete game changer. It has inspired me not only to get out into vast green spaces but explore them, feel them and admire them in a brand new way that I never knew possible. Vybar’s writing is just beautiful. He manages to deliver such a powerful insight into the romanticism found within running in green spaces, along with the hilarity and intrigue he depicts within his personal journey. A must read for not only runners who can relate, but people with the ability to wonder and the desire to explore a new realm of freedom.
Wonderfully narrated too! A true pleasure to listen to (especially whilst running)!

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