The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion

The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion

by Catriona Menzies-Pike

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The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion by Catriona Menzies-Pike

An unlikely marathoner finds her way through grief and into the untold history of women and running.

Thirty-year-old Catriona Menzies-Pike defined herself in many ways: voracious reader, pub crawler, feminist, backpacker, and, since her parents' deaths a decade earlier, orphan. "Runner" was nowhere near the list. Yet when she began training for a half marathon on a whim, she found herself an instant convert. Soon she realized that running, "a pace suited to the precarious labor of memory," was helping her to grieve the loss of her parents in ways that she had been, for ten messy years, running away from.      
     As Catriona excavates her own past, she also grows curious about other women drawn to running. What she finds is a history of repression and denial—running was thought to endanger childbearing, and as late as 1967 the organizer of the Boston Marathon tried to drag a woman off the course, telling her to "get the hell out of my race"—but also of incredible courage and achievement. As she brings to life the stories of pioneering athletes and analyzes the figure of the woman runner in pop culture, literature, and myth, she comes to the heart of why she's running, and why any of us do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524759445
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 05/23/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 802,037
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Catriona Menzies-Pike is the editor of the Sydney Review of Books. She has worked in digital media for a decade and her journalism and essays on feminism, literary culture, and politics have been widely published. She holds a PhD in English literature and has taught film, literature, journalism and cultural studies units to undergraduates since 2001. In 2008 she ran her first half-marathon, and five marathons and dozens of half marathons later, she's still running.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Making a Scene 9

2 On the Treadmill 26

3 Born to Run 46

4 Running Like a Girl 62

5 On the Road 78

6 Telling Tales 103

7 Look at Her Go 120

8 Rejoice, We Conquer! 136

9 Plan B 159

10 Over the Line 175

11 A One-Sentence Success Story 186

12 Hitting the Wall 208

Conclusion: Stories We Tell 226

Bibliography 237

Acknowledgments 243

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