Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for free in order to facilitate this review.
I really didn’t know what to expect when I started this, but since I’m training for my second half I thought this book would be a great read.
Tom has such an amazing way with words. Every single page in this book made me want to put on my shoes, go out, and run.
An amazing runner when he was younger, Tom hasn’t been a runner for a long while when his daughter Ronnie asks him to run a marathon with her. Over 50 years old, Tom hasn’t run a marathon in 30+ years. The training is not always easy as Tom has to get his body back into runner mode. Once he runs the marathon, though, the bug is there and Tom continues to run. Surprising both himself and his family, he signs up for an ultra marathon (50 miles).
The training for this is brutal and takes him away from his family and at times, almost makes him miss work. He runs in some dangerous places- scaring the life out of himself (and me). All of this leads him up to the start line of his first ultra and the real adventure, for me, was seeing if his training paid off.
This is a great book about coming back to running, why we love this sport, family (and their willingness to deal with our running even if they don’t run) and finding the proper balance between work, family, life, and running.
I enjoyed every second of this book. I especially loved reading about his relationships with his girls as I’ve often thought that running brings me closer to my littles because it is something that we can all do together and something that they can watch me accomplish and be proud of me for.
Great read. I would definitely recommend it.