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The Lure of Long Distances: Why We Run

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Wouldn't choose to read again.

    While reading this book I kept trying to figure out what point the author was trying convey. He spends conciderable time discussing: Inner turmoils of his life and family, his search to understand why he runs and how to convey that to others (unsuccessful), restating philosophical concepts of others he had read, and finally in the last chapter he concludes by letting the reader know that he failed to run even half of the 153 mile race that had been his goal for the entire book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    An interesting read, but a bit long-winded at times

    I am an addicted runner who devours almost every book I can find on running. Many of the I have read are technical in nature, while others are more about the philosophy of running. This book combines a bit of both, leaning more heavily on the mindset of the distance runner. I found myself agreeing with the author on a number of occasions and underlining certain passages that touched me. There is something about running long distances that only those who do it can understand, and the author captures that emotion in a number of places.

    On the other hand, I found myself skimming through quite a few pages as the author waxed on poetically or became mired in tangential story-telling or history, while looking for the next paragraph that would link me back into his main narrative. In my opinion there are too many of these side passages and meandering thoughts to keep the reader consistently engaged.

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