Thursday, May 17, 2012

Running Memoirs

Hubs subscribes to Runner's World. The last two issues included excerpts from recently released memoirs - and in both cases the excerpt left me wishing for more so I've added these books my TBR list (TBR=to be read).

The first is Scott Jurek's Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness which was featured in the May issue of Runner's World. (Read the excerpt here.) In case you haven't heard of ultramarathons, these are races that are 50- or 100-milers (or even longer). The twist to the story here is that Jurek adopted a plant-based diet - no animal products at all - in order to become a faster runner and improve his endurance.

The second, included in April's Runner's World, is Alberto Salazar's 14 Minutes: A Running Legend's Life and Death and Life. (Read the excerpt here.) "The narrative is framed in the 14 minutes in which Salazar was clinically dead after his shocking heart attack in 2007. The story.... follows Alberto’s boyhood in New England, his rise to stardom at the University of Oregon, his dramatic victories in the New York City and Boston Marathons, his long malaise due to injuries, which resulted in a near-suicidal depression; his resurgence due to intense spiritual experiences and discipline; his close alliance with Phil Knight and the Nike corporation; and describes his numerous near-death experiences."

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