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Racing Through the Past,
This review is from: Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a Time (Hardcover)
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Craig Daniloff is a quiet, reserved man. As a teen, he started drinking to overcome his shyness. Soon, he was a full blown alcoholic, and he stayed that way through college until he was almost done with graduate school.
Five years after he stopped drinking, he started running, an exercise he found gave him a new kind of high and a new focus for his life. When he'd been sober 10 years, he started running marathons and set out to run them in each city where he'd lived and partied in an 18 month period.
This book is a chronicle of those runs and his reflections on his life along the way. As a fellow runner, I found it fascinating. I found myself agreeing with many of this thoughts on running (we are both hobbyists when it comes to the sport).
The book is broken down into seven races, five marathons and two shorter races. Each chapter alternates between his reflections on being in the city again, the race itself, and flashbacks, in italics, to memories of his time in the city the first time. The book is in race order, so his history is not in chronological order, but it is easy enough to follow.
The writing is superb. There are some wonderful turns of phrase, and the descriptions were so vivid I felt just as worn out as he did running the races.
And I found his journey fascinating. There is a decided shift in his thinking as you read through the book. It's subtle, but if you are looking for it, you will notice it.
I have a feeling this book will be most appreciated by runners or recovering addicts. But if the book sounds interesting to you, give it a read. You'll be glad you did.