Book Information 
Title: Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe  by Becky Wade
Format: DARC
From: Edelweiss
Date Received: 20 May 16
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Non-Fiction,
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Date: 05 July 2016,
On sale date:11 August 2016,
Ship Date: 15 June 2016
ISBN: 9780062416438, 006241643X
Price: £10.99 GBP, $15.99 USD, $19.99 CAD
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Book Summary
From elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade, the story of her yearlong exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia—9 countries, 72 host families, and over 3,500 miles of running—investigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to success of runners the world over

Fresh off a successful collegiate running career, Becky Wade was no stranger to international competition. But after years spent safely sticking to the training methods she knew, Becky was curious about how her counterparts in other countries approached the sport to which she’d dedicated over half of her life. So in 2012, as a recipient of the Watson Fellowship, she packed four pairs of running shoes, cleared her schedule for the year, and took off on a journey to infiltrate diverse running communities around the world.                                                                       Over the next 12 months—visiting 9 countries with unique and storied running histories, logging over 3,500 miles running over trails, tracks, sidewalks, and dirt roads—Becky explored the varied approaches of runners across the globe. Whether riding shotgun around the streets of London with Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt, climbing for an hour at daybreak to the top of Ethiopia’s Mount Entoto just to start her daily run, or getting lost jogging through the bustling streets of Tokyo, Becky’s unexpected adventures, keen insights, and landscape descriptions take the reader into the heartbeat of distance running around the world.

Upon her return to the United States, she incorporated elements of the training styles she’d sampled into her own program, and her competitive career skyrocketed. When she made her marathon debut in 2013 she became the third-fastest woman marathoner under the age of 25 in U.S. history, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials and landing a professional sponsorship from Asics.

From the feel-based approach to running that she learned from the Kenyans, to the grueling uphill workouts she adopted from the Swiss, to the injury-recovery methods she learned from the Japanese, Becky shares the secrets to success from runners and coaches around the world.

About the Author

Becky Wade is a professional long-distance runner who competes for Asics. Author Image 1At 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.

“I started reading Becky Wade’s story and I simply could not stop—her journey around the globe pulls you along like a great running trail with each turn promising something new and wonderful.”—Tom Foreman, author of My Year of Running Dangerously
“In her incredible running journey, Becky Wade captures the beauty of the sport–chasing your goals, forming lifelong bonds, learning resilience, and of course, eating delicious food.”Shalane Flanagan, Olympic champion in long-distance track running and author of Run Fast Eat Slow