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Running Away: A Memoir by [Powell, Robert Andrew]
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Feeling depressed and out of shape and living in a slummy Miami apartment, journalist Powell (This Love Is Not for Cowards, 2012) remembers how his father changed his own couch-potato life years earlier by running the Boston Marathon. Having little to tie him down to anywhere or anything, save his pooch Valentine, the 39-year-old Powell heads to Boulder, Colorado, to reinvent himself. His writing is congenial and honest, and along the road to becoming a marathoner, he admits the worst: he shoplifted as a kid, he thinks “church is boring,” he cheated on his wife and then divorced her, he wishes he had trashed his married lover’s studio instead of just leaving. In Boulder, a town serious about running, Powell lives in a former chicken coop, and as he starts shedding weight, he starts shedding his remorseful past as well, sharing with the reader the hills and the valleys (figurative and literal), the PowerBars and the lightweight shoes, and the sparely dispensed but growing approval from his father. A companionable run from real regret to near-respect. --Eloise Kinney

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“Comical and honest, Powell takes readers on a yearlong journey of sore muscles and mental fatigue as he trains in Boulder to transform from couch potato to Boston Marathon qualifier.” —5280: The Denver Magazine

“I truly enjoyed Running Away, not only because it seemed so real, and was so well-written, but because I could feel Robert’s struggle. It's more than just a book about running. It is one of those few books that you have to read straight through – and you won’t want any interference while doing so.” —Bill Rodgers, four times winner of the Boston Marathon and former American marathon record holder
 
“As authentic as a hard-fought ten-miler through the bitter cold of winter, Powell's memoir is an open book, warts and all. Like a transcendent race, Running Away delivers.” —Chris Lear, author of Running with the Buffaloes
 
“Powell's tale is raw, introspective, humorous, and touching. It is the story of his abrupt transformation--via running--from living like a deadbeat to living like a clock, and it hits like an interval session. It will move anyone who has ever found meaning in the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.” —David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene

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  • File Size: 4245 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing (April 15, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FL3YL92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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