Dan Cerasale was so taken back after reading this book, that we asked him to review it. Dan's a passionate and accomplished runner, a triathlete, and some time Masters swimmer. In fact, at the time of this blog publishing, he'll be in the midst of a 24 hour 200 mile relay!
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
~By, Huraki Murakami
The alarm goes off. It is 32 degrees outside. 15 minutes later, cold weather gear equipped, sleep still in your eyes, you head out. Your lungs burn for the first 10 minutes adjusting to the cold air. You nimbly dodge ice patches and hop over snow chunks. People drive by in salt crusted cars with their mouths agape and look at you like you are totally insane. You give them a smile back, a wave if they are lucky. People always ask you... why would you do that to yourself? The only answer I can give them is I really like to run. That is what this book is about. If you are a runner than you know. There is something about running that you just can't describe to someone who doesn't run.
Huraki Murakami is well known throughout the world. He has won a plethora of literary awards for his often extremely imaginative fiction. This book, however, is non-fiction. It's more an account of a couple years of his life that encompasses races, memoirs, training, self discovery, all through running. It is not only an exploration of himself through running, it explores all of life's questions and idiosyncrasies.
I think the pacing of the book is it's one flaw. Like a hilly run, it has its ups and downs, its faster paced sections and it's slower paced sections. All in all, if you are a runner, it's a must read!
Synopsis: Pride (2007)
The year is 1973, and Jim Ellis (Terence Howard), a college-educated African-American, can’t find a job. Driven by his love of competitive swimming, Jim fixes up an abandoned recreational pool hall in a Philadelphia slum with the help of Elston (Bernie Mac), a local janitor. But when the pool hall is marked for demolition, Jim fights back – by starting the city’s first African-American swim team. Recruiting troubled teens from the streets, Jim struggles to transform a motley team of novices into capable swimmers – all in time for the upcoming state championships. But as racism, violence and an unsympathetic city official threaten to tear the team apart, Jim must do everything he can to convince his swimmers that victory, both in and out of the pool, is within their reach…
We are pleased to offer you Dave Petkovsek's review of the book, Ultra Marathon Man, Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes.
I enjoyed this book probably because I love/hate to run and enjoy endurance events. The book is about an athlete who runs incredible distances. He has completed many races over 100 miles and has a personal longest of 226 miles nonstop! The book highlights 3 or 4 key races and describes the trials and tribulations of the struggles inherent to run those distances.
I saw a pretty good movie about the great Australian swimmer, Tony Fingleton.
I recommend it: Swimming Upstream