Book 14 of 50: Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running, by Rachel Toor
This book was truly an accurate depiction of a love affair – flitting poetically from topic to topic, anything and everything to do with running, a full embrace of a true love. The author was a thin non-athlete who got roped into running only after becoming jealous of her boyfriend and her dog’s time spent together on the pavement. Her running developed into a passion, an obsession, as she became an ultra-marathoner.
The book’s 26.2 short chapters are all titled and each describes some small aspect of running, told through humorous, insightful, emotional personal anecdotes. The Closet talks about a runner’s gear, Speed Goggles about being attracted to fast runners despite their sometimes obvious character flaws, Weekend Mornings about those early morning, long training runs with a pack of running buddies. I may have even shed a tear during Becoming a Marathoner, her tale of “bandit-ing” the first post-9/11 NYC Marathon.
If you like to run, if you want a quick interesting read, if you want motivation, if you’re a marathoner, read this. It’s worth the couple hours.