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When journalist Robert Andrew Powell finished his first marathon, he cried, cradled in his father’s arms. Long distance runners understand where those tears come from, even if there are others who will never understand what drives someone to run 26.2 consecutive miles in a grueling mental and physical test. Powell’s emotional reaction to completing the race wasn’t just about the run, though. It was also about the joy and relief of coming back up after hitting rock bottom.

Running Away is the story of how one decision can alter the course of a life. Knocked down by a painful divorce and inspired by his father, Powell decided to change his mindset and circumstances. He moved to Boulder and began running in earnest for the first time in his life. Over the 26.2 chapters that follow, Powell grapples with his past relationships, gaining insight and hard-won discipline that give him hope for the future.

©2014 Robert Andrew Powell (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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The true grit of the Marathon and the training.

I try to listen to all the athletic endurance books. I put this off for a while but, just like running, there is someone in a running novel for all runners. We all get something out of it that is unique to ourselves. I have been on a running peak for awhile running marathons and it was great to be reminded of the reward of qualifying for Boston.

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At first I didn't like the way he was reading or wrote his book but it quickly grew on my and I enjoyed listening to his story.

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Real

Loved it! Loved the writing style! I will listen to this again and again because I understand where his head is.

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  • LakesClaire
  • 10-26-17

Middle aged crisis cure.

interesting story from a man whose life goes belly up! Not a training manual. Mixing with the running elite.

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  • maree
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Running as salvation

I liked the coverage of actual running - this is what drew me to the story. The author is trying to qualify for the Boston marathon as salvation or balm to his battered ego from relationships and work.
I have heard this story often from young American men - trying to equalise or get from under the shadow of their father (running ransom road also feels v similar).
The author doesn't seem to have much substance to his story and it feels a bit repetitive.
The read is a bit too low-key. I got tired of the old girlfriend bit -- seems a bit whiney for a 40 year old!