05 Jun 2009 – Sensible Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

How could I resist this title?!  This is a likeable and amusing story of one man’s struggle to achieve running the New York Marathon.  From his first efforts on the treadmill through to Race The Train and other proper races, he manages to be funny and to capture the feelings of the runner, especially a beginner who is trying to work up to something fairly spectacular.  I liked that, like me, he is not at his best in the first 20 mins of a run (and therefore doesn’t like doing 5ks as they stop before he’s got into his stride) and the bits about the feeling of anticlimax after doing a big race.  One for the runner, I think, who will recognise bits of the experience and smile wryly.  I wonder what the author is doing now.