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The Lola Papers: Marathons, Misadventures, and How I Became a Serious Runner Paperback – April 10, 2012
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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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Amy does a great job of illustrating the ins and outs of what it is like to be a runner. Fun and good read!Published on May 12, 2014 by Crespin
Great book! Well written, funny, & thoughtful. This is a great inspirational book for new runners or runners who are looking for a new challenge.Published on February 2, 2014 by Nikki
Great book for anyone who enjoys running. I loved reading about Amy, Mr. Speedy Pants and their misadventures of running and racing.Published on January 3, 2014 by Lauren Strickland
In case you're not familiar with the term, 'fartlek' is the name for a running workout where you alternate fast and slow running at more or less random intervals. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Daniel M. Starcevich
A great read for runners... male or female. Lola's adventures are something any runner can relate to, especially those of us who have ran or are training to run a marathon. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Jan