July 30, 2013

Training Tuesday: A Different Kind of Inspiration

Inspiration for runners can come in many different forms, but usually it is people who inspire us on our journey to become better runners and better selves.  Training for long distance races can be quite lonely and having something inspiring to read can really lift you up.  At least I can say that is what has happened to me after reading Dandelion Growing Wild by Kim Jones.  This book was recommended by Bart Yasso on Twitter and it caught my eye:



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This book drew me in from the very beginning with "Kimmie" as a young child growing up in a family that endures poverty, mental illness and many tragic deaths that would challenge any family with just one of these difficulties.  It is hard not to cheer as the story unfolds and Kim's running/marathon career take off.  Through all of these life struggles, she remains cheerful and manages to become a world class champion and overcome odds that would normally be seen only in a fairy tale.  It is very powerful book and a real page turner.  One small thing to note.  This book will distract you from chores, your children, your husband, your friends.  However, it will make you want to lace up your running shoes so you will not miss any of your training runs!

Here are a few book reviews by some of my running heroes/heroines:

“Stunning! This is no ordinary running story... it's a record of tremendous family struggle and personal triumph. A beautiful story of resilience and perseverance... a journey through a world class career as a marathoner. A hell of a book!” – Bill Rodgers. 4-time winner of the Boston and New York City Marathons

“Beautifully written, Kim's story has given a new definition to the word perseverance... in both life and sport. Inspirational with every turn of the page.” – Joan Benoit Samuelson. 1984 Gold Medal, Olympic Marathon


If you have a great running book to recommend please share!

(Pam)

14 comments:

  1. I wish I had the time to read more - or made the time to read more - I tend to watch motivational running movies instead ;)

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  2. Sounds great! I have two books I need to finish and then I'm going to go for this one. Thanks!

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    1. Sure - hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

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  3. I know I recommend it all the time, but The Long Run is my favorite! I also really like Eat and Run by Scott Jurek.

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    1. Those are both on our list - thanks Danielle!

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  4. The Running Dream. Read it in 3 hours.
    Yup.

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    1. WOW! That must be fantastic - we'll add that to our lists.

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  5. I need a new running book to read. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  6. Sounds like a really good book! I'll have to check it out.

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  7. Thanks for posting this. I go away to the beach this weekend for a week so I was looking for something to read, outside of my backlog of tech reading I want to do.

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  8. Enjoy the book John. I found it riveting. It is well written and really an amazing feel good story.

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