My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, a Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan

My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, a Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan

by Tom Foreman


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CNN correspondent Tom Foreman's remarkable journey from half-hearted couch potato to ultra-marathon runner, with five half-marathons, three marathons, and 2,000 miles of training in between; a poignant and warm-hearted tale of parenting, overcoming the challenges of age, and quiet triumph.

As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job--it occurred at home, when his 18-year old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?" 

At the time, Foreman was approaching 51 years old, and his last marathon was almost 30 years behind him. The race was just sixteen weeks away, but Foreman reluctantly agreed. Training with his daughter, who had just started college, would be a great bonding experience, albeit a long and painful one. 

My Year of Running Dangerously is Foreman's journey through five half-marathons, three marathons, and one 55-mile race. What started as an innocent request from his daughter quickly turned into a rekindled passion for long-distance running--for the training, the camaraderie, the defeats, and the victories. Told with honesty and humor, Foreman's account captures the universal fears of aging and failure alongside the hard-won moments of triumph, tenacity, and going further than you ever thought possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399175473
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Foreman is an Emmy award-winning journalist and currently works as an anchor and reporter for CNN. He frequently reports for such programs as The Lead with Jake Tapper, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and Anderson Cooper 360º. A journalist for over 30 years, Foreman has covered nearly every major news story in recent memory, from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina to the 2008 presidential election and the Gulf oil spill. He currently lives in Bethesda, MD with his family.

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Jim Gaffigan

Tom Foreman has an ability to capture honest humor while talking about something as horrible and painful as exercise. I loved everything about this book except the running. --Jim Gaffigan

Meb Keflezighi

In My Year of Running Dangerously Tom Foreman demonstrates how he balances his passion for running with all else that is important in life. I've interacted with thousands of runners throughout my career and I can say that Tom is one of the most passionate runners I've met. --Meb Keflezighi — Olympic Silver medalist, Boston and NYC Marathon champion

Harry Shearer

As a -- don't laugh -- basketball player, I understand full well Tom Foreman's mad desire to exert above his age. But his recital of the perils of long-distance running made me decide that turning the pages of this graceful and amusing saga was enough exercise for a summer day. Run--but only to your bookstore. --Harry Shearer

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My Year of Running Dangerously: A Dad, A Daughter, and a Ridiculous Plan 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't get through a quarter of this book... very boring and the author tries too hard to be funny. I know he was kidding, but telling his daughter her uterus would fall out if she ran a marathon? Like I said, trying too hard. Too much mindless banter.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. As an avid runner I saw a lot of familiar themes from when I started and related to a lot of the stories along the way. The story is heartfelt, engaging, funny and inspiring, and well written to boot! It was a good mix of running talk and real life with just a sprinkle of advice mixed in. Don’t get me wrong Tom Foreman is NOT an “every man” anyone who can start running and 4 months later run a sub 5 hour marathon then a couple of months later run an ultra is physically gifted, he’s not John Bingham, but his story is relatable to those just starting out and those who have been running for a while which makes this book so great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cheered Tom on the entire race through the pages. Love the family moments, too. Thanks for sharing.