Saturday, August 12

The Long Run: A Book Review

The Long Run by Catriona Menzies-Pike

This book is part biography and part history lesson. It's based around thirty-year old Catriona Menzies-Pike. She started running on a whim, after having never thought the word "runner" would be an adjective to describe her. While training for a half marathon, she found herself inadvertently using running to deal with the grief of losing both her parents a decade earlier, all while realizing that she had never fully dealt with her grief.

As the book goes on, Catriona digs into the history of women and running. She learned that running was thought to endanger childbearing, and that in 1967 the organizer of the Boston Marathon even tried to drag a woman off the course. She tells stories of courageous women and their running achievements.

I thought this book was fascinating. I am not a runner because of knee injuries, but have loved running (not as a sport or through a school, but for myself only) in my early college years. It was intriguing for me to read as the author using running to deal with her grief.

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