Once a Runner

Once a Runner

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Once a Runner 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a runner, the book Once a Runner captures my every stride. Written by John L. Parker, Jr. this fictional novel tells a story about one man's journey in competitive running. The author makes the book seem very realistic as he includes runners of the time. High prestige names combined with a fictional story line makes the book very interesting, a plausible story line. As an athlete in college, the author has a very good background in competitive running and is revealed throughout the book. Although the book takes a little bit to get going, the beginning provides a sense of suspense that something is going to go wrong. Once the book starts to pick up, I found it hard to put down as it kept leading me on to more happenings. The ending of the book, I found, was extraordinary. Well worth the wait. I found the book very interesting with a very memorable ending. I believe I found this book interesting mainly because I can relate to the main character as a runner. It also provided an interesting plot with solutions out of the box. Throughout the book, I didn't really spot any major opinions. I did, however, disagree with the solution to the problem but provided an interesting plot. The book had an impact on me. It showed me a side of that caliber of running that I have never experienced before. The intensity of the races and workouts really caught my attention and provided me with a new view of running. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially with an interest in running.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ONCE A RUNNER offers an insightful portrait of the competitive runner that remains as true and relevant today as it was when originally published, over thirty-five years ago. Non-runners may feel like outsiders when reading this, but any runner (recreational or competitive) will be spellbound.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I challenge any endurance athlete to find a better description of what it takes to be at the top. Great read.
Margaret Travis More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book about running. For those who run, reading about his training runs and passion for the sport make you want to get out there and run the way you did when you were 20! It reminds you that running does feel good and can bring you that inner happiness you miss.
Duncan Sharrits More than 1 year ago
Great book for anyone who enjoys running & a great story. A classic!!!!!
BigE76 More than 1 year ago
I got this book because Runner's World said it was the best book about running ever. It may be, but that means that everything else is garbage! This book wasn't bad, but it was not even close to the best book I've ever read, and makes me not want to read any other book about running besides the monthly Runner's World. The writing style was hard to get accustomed to in my opinion, the characters and plot were too rushed and then too slow at times, but the ending was perfectly written. I wouldn't recommend this book for just casual reading. If you want to read a book about running, then you need to be driven to read this. It's got an interesting plotline, but like I said, seems to go too fast, and then too slow at times.
Dave_C More than 1 year ago
I thought it was okay. I'm not sure why Runner's World is making this book out to be like its the greatest book on running ever to be published. The chapter on Interval training brought back a lot of memories from my competitive swimming days. It's not something I do a whole lot of as a runner - but the way its described in the book is the way I remember the intensity of when I was kid - particularly distance interval training. The writer is very adept at describing accurately what goes through an athlete's mind during all types of training and gruelling races. The plot was okay - I wasn't too fond of the main characters - they irritated me for some reason. Probably because none of them realized that there is much more to life than running a sub four minute mile. I guess its the difference between being 20 and 40. I always say I'm a 20 year old living in a 40 year old body. After reading this book I'm not so sure.
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
I get the feeling that this is one of those books that just don't hold up to the test of time. Like Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, which was a huge bestseller in the 70's but which, if you read it now, is laughable, I think this book probably had more impact in 1978 when it was first written, than it does now. This book was one of Amazon's recommendations because I bought Born To Run (excellent!). It is fiction, the story of Quenton Cassidy, a college athlete whose dream is to run a four-minute mile. There were interesting parts about training, and specific races that they ran, and about other runners. Then the middle of the book, where they introduced romance and college pranks, really dragged. It was hard to get through, I almost abandoned the book at several points. However, then it ramped back up and was very exciting at the end, although somewhat typical Underdog Athlete Overcomes Adversity story. I would recommend this for runners (probably not a ton of running related fiction out there!), and for those who were college athletes in the 1970s and 1980s, and for anyone who loves underdog sports stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. It reminds me of my days running track in North Florida. I saw most of the real people mentioned in this book run races at the University of Florida . I could not put this book down once I started it.
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Jenny Benton More than 1 year ago
I was a bit let down by the book. It was at times slow moving and hard to follow. There are a few great places, but overall not what I was expecting.
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youngblood More than 1 year ago
A must read for runners who love fiction. A compelling story, beautifully written. Can't wait to read the sequel. Keith Donnelly, Author The Donald Youngblood Mystery Series
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