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About the Author

Amy Marxkors: Amy L. Marxkors grew up in the rural outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, home-schooled. An ardent athlete, Amy spent her teenage years playing ice hockey and running the winding country roads. While working at Fleet Feet Sports, she began writing the stories that became The Lola Papers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891369962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891369964
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Werner on April 10, 2012
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"For in running, as in life, you must be both self-assured and daring, content with where you are yet always striving for something better. You must have a destination in sight but not forget to enjoy the scenery along the way."

This is the story of the sweet and enigmatic Lola and her journey to becoming a serious runner and her relationship with Mr. Speedypants, her unintentional coach and self proclaimed personification of awesomeness. An unsung character in the book is the road, which provides an ever changing canvas for Lola's training, races, and daydreams. The stories of Mr. Speedypants and the discussions he and Lola engage in perfectly capture the playful, random banter of close friends that spend a lot of time together. The rapid exchange dialogue is reminiscent of Dickens, to whom there is a dedication in the front of the book. The real treat of the narrative are the sweeping, descriptive wanderings of Lola's mind; ranging from the extremely emotional to the admittedly silly (for my money Michealangelo is definitely best Ninja Turtle), they are always entertaining and engaging. If you are someone who is a runner, knows a runner, or likes to daydream, you'll be charmed by Lola and enjoy this book. Highly recommend.

After reading the final page, I immediately went for a run and let my mind wander.
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As a female distance runner, I basically assumed I would like this book, but I was mistaken. I found myself bored and skimming quite a bit of it. I could tell the dialogue was supposed to be funny, but it was kind of like when a friend tells you about a funny conversation they had with someone filled with inside jokes, and it's still funny to her but it's not really funny to you because you weren't there. I also didn't really appreciate her presenting herself as such a newbie runner -- what newbie runner has already run two full marathons? Not any I know. I'm clearly in the minority here with reviews, so you might like this book, but it definitely wasn't my thing.
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I love this book. I'm not finished yet (thankfully!) but as a long time runner and college track coach, I have found this book to be funny, identifiable, motivating, inspiring, and full of wisdom. I'd like to make it "required" reading for my entire team and have told all my running friends about it. Whether you are new to running or an experienced marathoner, you will enjoy this book. You will relate to many of her stories and think, "Oh my gosh... that's exactly what "fill in the blank" does" or "ugh that is exactly how I felt" or "YES, THAT is exactly how I felt". It's well written and inviting. I find that I want to go take a run after most chapters, preferably with a friend. Running is a metaphor for life, and the author describes this perfectly.
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Amy does a wonderful job of describing the challenges and misadventures of the novice runner as she takes on a challenge becoming serious about her training. She expresses clearly and comically all of the little things we all encountered for the first time as we venture down this same path. Just a superb account of her journey; her interaction with her coach Mr. Speedy pants; and the keen observations of all of the little things we experience along the way, but too often fail to focus on. A fantastic and very enjoyable read!
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I have to admit, at first I was skeptical to read this book. My sister knows Amy and had been reading the book right after its release last spring. I reluctantly began reading because I feared it would not hold up to my favorite running books like Born To Run...I could not have been more wrong. Within the first several chapters Amy had me captivated. I completely understand where she is coming from in her writing and I felt as though I was reading my own thoughts. She captured what many of us runners face on a daily basis, she addressed the joys, the heartache, the comedy of it all, and what one can achieve when you set you mind and body to a goal. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is passionate about running. This book spoke to my heart on so many levels and I am confident it will to yours.
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This book was a great read! I loved the humor, the insightful thoughts, and the motivation to run. It helps knowing that running isn't easy, even for those runners who look super fast! I love to run and this book has motivated me to want to run a marathon!
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I could not get through this book and had to return it. It made no sense to me how she casually says at the beginning she has run a couple 5ks and a couple Marathons! But is a beginner runner with no clue how to train! Im not a marathoner but I know that involves a lot of training! The book was just not what I expected.
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