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This review is from: Strides: Running Through History With an Unlikely Athlete (Hardcover)
This is a book that runners and nonrunners who like narrative nonfiction will enjoy. It explores various facets of the experience of running from historical, physiological, and personal perspectives. It covers a variety of topics including the author's transition from his bottom-of-the pack attempt to be a high school athlete to his transforming into a dedicated runner as he approached his thirties. Some of the topics I most appreciated were the debate over the healthiness of running, the Kenyan community, the role of running in the Army, and the author's experience serving as a volunteer in the New York marathon. I did not care for the chapter about the marathon in Medoc, France which offended my sensibilities about what runners should strive to be. Nonetheless, the coverage is justified by showing another aspect of the running experience. Most of the material is set around the marathon distance although other distance running is covered. The book is very well written and thoughtfully organized. The author is fairly humble about his running abilities but is actually very good at it. It is good that he applied his writing talents to a book that covers an important part of his life.
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Initial post: Dec 9, 2007 11:33:36 AM PST
Juanita W. Breland says:
Contrary to Mr. Krages opinion, I thought the chapter on Le Medoc highly entertaining and it actually encouraged me to sign up for the 2008 event!
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