Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author
“Every runner has a story, and Robin Harvie’s is one of the most remarkable I’ve ever encountered. [The Lure of Long Distances] is brilliantly written, deeply emotional, raw and honest. Robin scrapes away the superficial dermis and offers a rare glimpse into the mindset and motivation of a long-distance runner.”
Joyce Carol Oates
“An astonishing memoir. It will make all who are drawn to running feel stirrings of true excitement.”
“An intensely personal journey, woven with philosophy, history, and pain. Robin Harvie’s debut is by turns compulsive, challenging, and ultimately rewarding.”
Robin Harvie ran his first marathon in 2000 after a bet. When he realized he couldn’t run 26.2 miles in under 3 hours 12 minutes, despite years of trying, he decided instead to see how far he could run before keeling over. In preparation for the toughest and oldest footrace on earth he ran 6,000 miles in one year, including the Round Rotherham 50 mile ultra, the Sri Chinmoy Transcendental 100 kilometer ultra marathon, in which he came fourth, and the 72 mile Bob Graham Round in the Lake District. He lives in London.
diffucult read, slow moving story, there are many more upbeat and great long distance reads out there, this was def on the poor read list!Published 20 months ago by CC
I felt like I had picked through the last gems of books on distance running to no avail, but then I came across Robin Harvie's spectacular book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Midpack Biped
Loved this book!
As a 'non-runner' I thoroughly enjoyed the author's personal journey and historical references. Read more
I'm heading out for my first run of 2012 and plan to do exactly the same run I've done the last two days. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Kindle Customer