“Why We Ran” brought back memories that were some of the best times of my life
I remember my high school cross country days as if it were yesterday. This story, “Why We Ran” brought back memories that were some of the best times of my life. I was reading the book and couldn’t help but feel the same exact feelings and emotions of first starting to break into the cross country program at my school. Cross Country running programs are all run very similarly and differently, but the feeling of running is something that is universal to every human. The author was able to put pen to paper, and in my opinion, write the best running piece I have yet to read about running in general. The story is a truly intimate gaze into the mind, heart and soul of a runner out on a mission to prove that his is capable of better himself, others and the competition. I really thing the second chapter “A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing” really speaks to the character of the author. The author is clearly gifted and writes with a style and flair that is much needed in the writing genres. I would have loved to read more about the plot development and get to know the author and his teammates wrote, but overall this is a 5 star masterpiece!!! I emailed him and he responded the same day stating that he on lengthening this piece and coming out with a print version in the near future!! I can’t wait to read the completed story of “Why We Ran”. Kudos!!
I recently finished reading the book and I enjoyed it all the way through
I recently finished reading the book and I enjoyed it all the way through. It's a good read and an insight into the life of a different level of runner to myself. The documented progression over the years in high school will be inspiring to any of us unexceptional but enthusiastic runners. The level of hard work required is very well described and balanced out by the knowledge of the risks of doing too much. It's passionate and personal, and a little romantic, but if it wasn't I personally wouldn't have enjoyed it as much.
Absorbing and Inspiring, Engaging and Personal, A must read!!
Why We Ran is a personal story, mixed with biological vignettes, introspective views from a mad scientist into running and a look into the hyper-dedicated individuals that truly have a passion for the sport and competition. I enjoyed the author’s note in the beginning as it sets an intriguing tone for the presentation and introduction of the main character and his band of brothers. The story gracefully gets down to the nitty gritty core of why we run as runners. It is interesting to note that the title is called “Why We Ran” instead of “Why We Run” probably because the name of the former title is already used by the very well popularized book Bern Heinrich. But this story is a whole new take, perspective and meaning, with much themes that even the most popular of running books cannot describe and feel as the author does in this story. Why We Ran is a unique re-invention of the theme of running and there are very many self indulgent themes that are connected with his author’s unique way of thinking. He manages to write in a way that speaks to the runner in a holistic manner that has very romantic underpinnings but mixed with the rationalization and the realities of running. The author presents a romantic but gritty attitude toward life that has been and shaped and hardened through the experiences of running (and can apply to life in general ) that is sometimes beyond anyone’s control, and it is ultimately up to yourself to dig your way out and find yourself. As a runner myself, the book was valuable to me as a great story to read mixed with an attitude that you can really set out and accomplish your marks, times and goals if you really put yourself out there with a dedicated schedule and routine.
Such fun shoes for an 8 year old girl! They got just right and are comfortable for all the running she is doing. The outside is holding up, which is a major plus for us as she has gone through so many shoes.