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“The Penguin does it again! An Accidental Athlete is a charming, witty and relatable tale of John finding himself through running. In this great book he shares his journey with us one stride and two laughs at a time.” — Deena Kastor, American marathon record holder, Olympic medalist, and 12-time national champion
“John Bingham is Edward Abbey, Frank Shorter, Brad Pitt, and George Carlin all wrapped in one. John as writer has a lesson or tale in all his adventures.” — Bart Yasso, Runner’s World magazine
“Looking for some motivation to start running and improve your fitness? You're sure to find some inspiration from John Bingham's new memoir An Accidental Athlete.” — ESPN.com
“Most of us can truly identify with John Bingham’s story: There are no gold medals, no laurel wreaths, no world records. But John shows us that we have something more important: a chance, if we have the will and believe in ourselves.” — Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon race director
“In An Accidental Athlete, Bingham…describes his journey from a clumsy wannabe-athlete kid to the realization of a dream: that by being a runner, especially a back-of-the-packer, you are truly an athlete…Bingham’s witty, engaging prose will [provide] you with a few hours of delightful distraction.” — Canadian Running magazine
“John ‘The Penguin’ Bingham has touched a nerve with runners worldwide like no one in the last decade. He's funny but serious, informal but inspirational.” — Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World magazine
“For anyone who might feel overwhelmed or overly fond of couch time, John Bingham's charming memoir can help....[Bingham’s] sense of humor...adds to the sweet appeal of the story, providing enough encouragement to anyone looking to exercise more.” — ForeWord magazine
“This charming, gently funny autobiography from the big-hearted Bingham is a testament to hangin' in there…If more people were like him, where each event, run, mile, step is a celebration, the world would be a better-and healthier-place.” — Library Journal
“Bingham uses a great knack for storytelling, and some really funny examples, in his new book about becoming a middle-aged athlete…Some of the best stories (perhaps because I can relate to them) are those of the real racing done at the back of the pack.” — TriMadNess
A funny thing happened on my way to middle age. I became an athlete. And not just any athlete, but a runner—all without taking a running step until I was 43 years old.
Known by fans as “The Penguin for his back-of-the-pack speed, John Bingham is the unlikely hero of the modern running boom. In this warm, witty memoir, the best-selling author and columnist recalls his childhood dreams of athletic glory, sedentary years of unhealthy excess, and a life-changing transformation from couch potato to “adult-onset athlete.
Overweight, uninspired, and saddled with a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoking habit, Bingham found himself firmly wedged into a middle-age slump. Then two scary trips to the emergency room and a conversation with a happy piano tuner led him to discover running—and changed his life forever.
In turns inspiring, poignant, hilarious, and heartbreaking, An Accidental Athlete is the story of the unexpected joys of running—the pride of the finisher's medal, a bureau-busting t-shirt collection, intense back-of-the-pack strategizing. And one man's discovery that middle age was not the finish line after all, but only the beginning.
This book explains the joys and humor of fails in running. An excellent read for anyone wondering why a runner runs.Published 23 days ago by Keith M. Carey
I've been running for a few years now and this helped me remember all the fun I had when I first started off. It was great to think about those times.Published 4 months ago by Peter J. Flagg
I like the penguin started running later in life (53) I truly understand and can relate to all that he masterfully writes in this bookPublished 10 months ago by Jeffery R. LaDow
Wonderful book on showing that you don't have to be slender and fit to start running. That once you start running, you can have a great time and meet new friends.Published 11 months ago by Maggie A.
Loved this book. Recommend whether you are an athlete, a runner, or not. Funny and interesting. Grabs your attention and keeps you interested.Published 13 months ago by terra
I did like this book, but to me, it seemed a little repetitive, and even repetitive from The Courage to Start. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jessica
Funny book for a runner! It was great to read while I was preparing for a half marathon. Fun, and funny story!Published 15 months ago by J. Whitney
I purchased this book to re-motivate me to start running again. Well, I didn't start my weekly 15mi. run yet, but the book is very inspiring and a good easy read.Published 16 months ago by ERIC OH
I always enjoy the Penguin's books! Though I have always been athletic I still learn a thing or two every now and then.Published 16 months ago by MARY LAFOLLETTE