To Be a Runner: How Racing Up Mountains, Running with the Bulls, or Just Taking On a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place)
With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, instruction, and humor, best-selling author—and lifelong runner—Martin Dugard takes a journey through the world of running to illustrate how the sport helps us fulfill that universal desire to be the best possible version of ourselves each and every time we lace up our shoes.
To Be a Runner represents a new way to write about runn...more
The book is a collection of essays abou ...more
The author doesn't have goals, he has quests. I love the idea of having quests instead of goals. Makes them seem more personal and engaging.
I love the point the author made about how good goals (quests) allow you to become a better person in a way that fits into your life, not by taking over your life. Many athletes forget that and become obsessed with ...more
I saw this book at my local library and picked it up on a whim. What a great whim as I found this to be the perfect book for me to end my summer on. It helped to guide me with appreciating my runs, where I run, my habit of runnin ...more
"To be an endurance athlete is to have a million excuses at the ready: It's too cold to train, too wet, too sunny, too Saturday. My shoes are wet. My tires are flat. I'm fat. I'm out of Gu. I can't put this book down. I just ate a burrito. My cat has a tumor. And on and on."
I loved it because as a long distance rummer it was very relate-able. To be sure there, there were other relate-able mo ...more
Martin, I'm running my first marathon this year at age 49...any words of wisdom for me? :)
We start the book with how Dugard got into running through his parents. Then we ju ...more
Personally, I find Dugard's book to be a rarity, and not because it joins the ranks of all the others I have found insightf ...more
What I enjoyed most was learning a littl ...more
I found the essays got a bit repetitive over time but the general message of "keep pushing....always' is a good one. Strive to be your best self is hard to argue with. Anyone who runs will feel a connection with the author and I found many of the passages inspirational.
I think this would be a great ...more
I liked the variety of running topics and his enthusiasm for running that threads its way through all of the essays. It occasionally comes off as a bi ...more
That's another running teaches you: No matter how hard the pace or how high the hill, you will endure. Every struggle comes to an end if you just keep pushing forward (p 94).
'Keep Pushing' is a reminder not to settle but to dream, to live, to sing, and sometimes it's about letting go of the past ...more
I read this one on my kindle and feel like I made about a million highlights. I'd like to share them all, but that would be a super lame review, and there'd be so dang many of them that you'd have no need to read the book!
Mr. Dugard is also the author of the critically lauded memoir To Be A Runner (Rodale, 2011), a series of essays which takes the reader around the wo ...more