The Lure of Long Distances: Why We Runby Robin Harvie
Amateur ultra-distance runner Robin Harvie ran his first marathon after a bet. He has never broken a record and has never won a single race in his life. Like most people, his courtship with long-distance running was gradual--a leisurely pastime that became more alluring with every completed mile. In The Lure of Long Distances Harvie elegantly blends the/i>
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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.
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.