Format/Number of Page’s: DARC, 288 pages Other Formats: Paperback Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Publish date: 05 July 2016, ISBN: 69780062416438, 006241643X Price: £10.99 GBP, $15.99 USD, $19.99 CAD Goodreads: Source: Edelweiss Reading time: 23-29 May 2016
Becky Wade is a professional long-distance runner who competes for Asics. At Rice University she was a four-time All-American and the winner of the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award, Rice’s highest athletic honor, and the Conference USA honoree for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rice with a triple major in history, psychology, and sociology, Becky traveled the world on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and visited 22 countries to explore long-distance running cultures.
In her 26.2-mile debut in December 2013, Becky won the California International Marathon, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Currently, she is fulfilling her dream of running professionally and chasing Olympic aspirations, while coaching and working part-time at a shelter for homeless youth.
Thank you very much to both the Publisher and Edelweiss for allowing me to read this fantastic book in exchange for an honest review. This was the first book about running that I have read as well as the first book by this author. I loved the book it was well written and really interesting.
The book captured the beauty of the sport as well as the desire to chase your goals, forming life long bonds, learning resilience as well as both eating and preparing delicious food. I thought it was an inspired idea of Becky’s to include a recipe from each of the countries she visited in the book, as it meant that if you want to make them to experience what she ate you can.
It was fascinating to find out about all the different ways long distance runners around the world train The way the author wrote about the people, places and training methods she encountered during her travels really made me want to read about them. It also made me want to read more about the famous runners and the places she talked about in the book.
I loved Becky’s writing style as it made the book an easy and compulsive to read as well as it being almost lyrical in places. In the book she also made reference to Born to Run by Christopher McDougall which is a book that I have wanted to read for a while and her having mentioned it in this book has made me decide that I have got to read it by the end of the year.
I gave this book a five star rating because:
– I loved the fantastic, captivating and lyrical writing in the book. – I would recommend this book to anyone whether they have a specific interest in running or not as it may interest someone who’s not interested in running but loves learning about other <br> countries and cultures. – I will buy it for anyone I think will enjoy the book. <br>