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My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon Paperback – May 12, 2009
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About the Author
BART YASSO is the chief running officer of Runner's World magazine. He has completed more than 1,000 races, triathlons, biathlons, and eco-challenges over the past twenty-five years. In 2007 he was inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions in recognition of his contribution, impact, and dedication to the sport. He lives in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
KATHLEEN PARRISH is an award-winning writer and special projects reporter at The Morning Call in Pennsylvania and freelance writer for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. She lives in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania.
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Top Customer Reviews
Through this collection of stories Yasso takes us through the highs and lows of his life and the great joy of running (and biking). He offers salient advice for those who want to run better without making it sound like a "how to" section.
Whether you run or just read this is a book of inspiration that is too good to pass up on.
It's easy to imagine the boss saying, "You -- write a couple of stories. You -- edit them. You -- find some pictures. And you, Yasso -- go run somewhere."
Bart Yasso's job isn't exactly like that, of course. He does a lot of work with races around the country, and works the expos of the major races.
Yasso also has done plenty of running in interesting over the years. The accounts of those runs make up most of "My Life on the Run," a pleasant enough account of his life in running.
Yasso might be best known for a rather accidental discovery about running. He was training for a marathon when he ran 10 880's one day. When he took the average time of those runs, he found that they resembled his goal for the marathon. In other words, if the 880's averaged 2 minutes, 50 seconds, he could run a marathon in 2 hours, 50 minutes.
Others tried it and found the system really worked. What's more, the drill eventually became known as Yasso 880's. What greater honor is there to be part of your favorite sport's jargon?
Yasso often speaks before races, and he gives his audiences stories about some of his more interesting runs. That's mostly what this book is. Yasso wouldn't think twice about doing an ultramarathon, or running in Antarctica, or helping kids in Northern Canada, or running with a burro, or running without clothes on at a nudist camp.
Yasso doesn't run as much as he used to, thanks to chronic lyme disease, but he gets in some miles when he can now. He also credits running for getting him off the road to ruin.Read more ›
I cannot say enough good things about this book. Most of the running books I have run to date are training related. Books to get me to my next race. However this is not that kind of book. It is not a training book dedicated to get you that next PR (although more on that late). Instead this is a book about the life journey of running icon Bart Yasso. Most runners know who Bart is as he is extremely active in the world of running. However this book takes it to the next level because Bart has literally run some of the most ridiculous, exciting and historic races in the world.
The biggest takeaway I had from this book was how relatable Bart was to the reader. I am not elite athlete. I have made peace with the fact that I will most likely never BQ or even come close in my lifetime. And I am comfortable with that. So when I look into running books that is my number one concern. Will the author spend so much time talking about elite running (or even great running for that matter) that the material will be so foreign to me that it might as well be written in another language? Luckily that is not the case with this book.
What I loved so much about the book was that it was just about Barts life. It isn’t wrriten for just a select few. It is written for anyone who has put one foot in front of another for a run. No matter if that’s a 6 minute mile or a 13 minute mile. Sure Bart tells plenty of stories of his trips to Boston, or even the one time he won a marathon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is really funny. Of all the people who have written books about running across death valley, Bart Yasso is the only one who keeps it light and cheerful. Read morePublished 6 months ago by mj
Very entertaining read and great for the runner who is looking for some perspective on running and the larger context of what it means in your own personal and the larger world.Published 18 months ago by William J Hanlon
Bart Yasso makes me want to run all over the world too! The insane races he was able to do and esp in his condition...amazing!! Very inspiring.Published 19 months ago by Mogzilla
Just what I expected: a highly interesting, well-written and often amusing account of a guy who seems to embody what's cool about the running boom, plus, some good tips for... Read morePublished 19 months ago by edosan3