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"Running has taken Yasso to races allover the planet...and repeatedly thrust him into stranger-than-fiction scenarios. For years, people have asked him to recount his experiences in a book-and now he has."-Runner's World"

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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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605298271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605298276
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Weathers on June 12, 2008
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All in all, I thought this book was very entertaining. I am an intermediate runner, who loves to hear the experiences of other runners. The stories contained are all well written and entertaining. This will motivate current runners to try and experience new races and novice runners to get off the coach.
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Whether you are a seasoned runner or an aspiring beginner this book is worth the read. As I read this book I found myself catapulted from deep contemplation to laughter within the course of a few sentences.
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.
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Bart Yasso is a very likeable person. No wonder he landed such an awesome gig with Runner's World. He's also a great writer and has amazing stories to share. Life was not always easy for Bart. In his early twenty's he battled addiction with drugs and booze. He credits running for saving his life. It was his late brother who inspired him to become something more. Who knows how his life would've turned out if his brother hadn't been there for him. Running has taken Bart around the world and introduced him to thousands of people. He shares a few of their stories in his book. You'll also hear about some of his most memorable races including the Badwater ultra, the Bare Buns Fun Run, and a race where participants are partnered with a burro. He even paced several races while dealing with Lyme's Disease. While Bart has finished races with some impressive times he shows readers that running isn't just about setting PR's, it's about living life to the fullest.
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I bought one copy of this book for myself, then bought two more copies for friends. Bart has an amazing story! This book isn't just for runners. It'll inspire you to aim higher, whatever goal you might set for yourself.
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By WDX2BB on February 26, 2014
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Here's a job that would draw a long line of applicants if it opened up: Chief Running Officer of Runner's World magazine.

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.
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For a couple of months I have seen this book advertised in Runners World. I thought it looked funny and thought about getting it but never got around to it. Then, I went to the expo for the Phoenix Rock n Roll Marathon. Bart Yasso was there selling his book. I thought- here's my chance. I bought it, he signed it, and I had my picture taken with him. His book was super enjoyable, laugh out loud funny, and really helpful. I am going to add his training methods to my runs. The cool thing is-he is really that nice. Here I am some middle of the packer talking to him and telling him what my favorite marathon was. He listened, said how much he liked that one, too, and wished me well! Made my day!
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In my never ending quest to train myself mentally for the world of running just as much as physically, I have finished what I think is an amazing book. “My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon” by Bart Yasso.

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.
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