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My Life On the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,065 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
Bart Yasso, an icon of one of the most enduringly popular recreational sports in the United States, offers a touching and humorous memoir about the rewards and challenges of running. Recounting his adventures in locales like Antarctica, Africa, and Chitwan National Park in Nepal (where he was chased by an angry rhino), Yasso recommends the best marathons on foreign terrain ...more
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Published May 12th 2009 by Rodale (first published May 13th 2008)
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Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
The whole time I've been reading this book, I've been IM-ing or texting my friend all the places where I would never want to run.

I would not like to run up (or down) Mount Kilamanjaro.

I would not like to run through a wildlife preserve in Nepal where rhinoceroses roam freely and are likely to chase you if they get the chance at all.

I would not like to run nude.

I would not like to run through Death Valley.

I would not like to run in Antarctica, particularly if my hosts tried to feed me penguin. *c
Nov 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really fun, especially for someone who runs a lot.

I was recently training for my second NYC marathon (which went well, thank you), and went to the Marathon Expo a couple of days before the race to pick up my racing number. They also had a lot of booths, including one for Runner's World, one of my favorite magazines.

This book was written by the man that some people call "the Mayor of Running." The stories are interesting, wacky, and fun. Some of the races seem completely insane to me, in
Hideki Kino
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Runners
Recommended to Hideki by: Bart Yasso
Shelves: running-books
Bart Yasso's "My Life on The Run" is a fun read!

It is a shame that it took me so long to finish this book. I bought it in 2008, at the Philadelphia Marathon Expo (Marathon #3 for me). I finished it the morning of Marathon #89 (Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon), 3 years and 3 months later. In the meantime, I have seen and chatted with author Bart a number of times, and he even signed the book 3 times.

I enjoyed reading about how Bart was able to turn his life around from being a substance abuser to beco
Akif Aziz
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book is truly inspiring. It is about an epic running journey of Bart Yasso, who was an alcoholic-turned-runner. He is one of the best-known runner of all time.

There are many wisdoms and insights for both experienced and newbie runners. Bart has completed more than 1000 races all over 7 continents, therefore I must say that all these wisdoms and insights are priceless. And it makes me want to hit the road every time I read the book!

What I found most inspiring is the fact that running change
Kelly Mogilefsky
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the interesting story of a most interesting runner. Bart Yasso's life and the role running has played in it could easily inspire anyone to achieve, and clearly it has inspired many all over the globe.

What impresses me most about Yasso, and, indeed, about most runners, is their openness. It is what makes running possible for a snail like me....Even for a guy who would always be at the head of the pack, Yasso believes that there is a place for everyone in the race. The book reflec
Lisa Topp
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all runners
Recommended to Lisa by: Laura
I had to give this book five stars for pure entertainment value. I often interrupted my poor husband's reading to read excerpts that made me laugh out loud. Several times I was shaking my head, marveling at the 'no fear' lifestyle that Yasso embraced. Although not many runners will accomplish what Yasso did in his lifetime, through his stories and love of all things running, he expresses the message that all runners are part of the bigger running community, no matter how far or how fast they may ...more
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book to read. Bart Yasso, editor of Runner's World, and creator of the Yasso 800- the training tool I used to get me to Boston. He's a life long runner, so dedicated to the sport just because he loves it. He tells his story of how he got into running, how it saved his life from one full of drugs and booze. It gave him purpose, led him to his great job and his wife. He's lived a unique life, lives with a terminal illness and has traveled to crazy places and run races all over the w ...more
Jun 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read! Yasso somehow manages to write about some amazing athletic feats without once sounding pompous or superior. In fact, he makes every event sound accessible to the average person, regardless of age or gender. I guess he's fulfilling his lifetime goal of bringing running to the masses.
Nov 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swimbikerun
GREAT read and totally inspiring! Yasso reminded me that running should be FUN above all else. He's been on some crazy adventures and got the stories to prove it. What an inspiration! I'm almost ready to sign up for a marathon...

Last 1/3 to 1/4 of the book has training plans for racing.
Aug 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I worked with Bart at Runner's World so I knew some of this story, but not all the details. His story was a flashback of sorts for me to another time in my life when I, too, worked for Runner's World.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about running and one of its most loved figures. Would be good for any runner, someone looking at running or someone wondering why runners do what they do or even someone just looking for a book filled with a bunch of good stories told by their oddball uncle.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-fun-uni, 2016, running
The kind of book you aren't really reading because of the quality of the writing or the text. Written just well enough to let the main point of it, Yasso's myriad of crazy and fabulous and interesting running stories, shine.
Jennifer Martin
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book and recommendation of great races
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic running memoir.
Michael Markey
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a very entertaining book.
Shane Campbell
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enertaining
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: running, ibooks
This book made me feel like I was sitting in a pre-race pasta party, watching Bart Yasso give a slideshow of his running adventures around the world (as he often does). As I listen to his incredible stories of his courage and perseverance when battling addiction and Lyme disease, dedication and, to some part, recklessness, to running and to hi work, I imagine I'd find my legs twitching, itching to leap out of my chair and just run. Not for a finisher's medal or a personal best, but to affirm lif ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
I should start by confessing that I may search for years without finding a book on running that measures up to McDougall’s Born to Run.

While I enjoyed Yasso’s book and read it fairly eagerly over just a couple of days, I do have one gripe: I found it a bit desultory (I just learned this word yesterday. It means “lacking in consistency, method, purpose, or visible order; digressing from the main subject.”) Of course, except for one chapter about biking across the States in twenty days, all of th
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
chatty book about the runner's world columnist's athletic adventures (biking across country twice, running arctic and antarctic marathons, the Badwater ultra across Death Valley, etc.) and the effect of running on his personal life and recovery from addiction and a difficult childhood. His time in the sport is basically same as mine, and at our best we were about equally fast, so a lot of it was relatable even though I haven't traveled nearly as much. He's clearly enjoyed the heck out of the spo ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Bart is one of the oldest members of the modern running era. He helped influence running in the United States and the world through his contributions at Running Magazine and his willingness to do anything to promote the sport of running. The book is not a how to run book, although it does contain a few training programs, so much as it is a runner’s story book. He shares tales from his pre-running life (when he was an alcoholic) and his life on the run (which took him all over the globe to partic ...more
Nov 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yasso compiles a not-so-chronological collection of his running career and his tips and inspiration for all types of runners. It was interesting to read how he transformed himself from an alcoholic drug user to an elite runner who has participated in races all over the world.

Part two departs from memoir and shifts into practical application for runners. There are guides for athletes of any ability for any type of distance and also race recommendations.

While the writing style is not especially s
Andrew Stuckey
Bart Yasso worked at Runner’s World magazine for almost 30 years prior to writing this book. During that time he competed in something like 1,000 competitive races, including some of the most unique races in the world (Antarctica Marathon, Bare Buns Fun Run in Washington State, etc.). Hearing Yasso recount these experiences and learning about how many different types of race are available out there for runners is definitely fascinating. But I couldn’t help but think that it could have been much ...more
Sara McGuyer
I often pick a new book about running to help give me a boost of energy as I start a new training cycle. This time, I'm training for what will be my seventh marathon. Given that context, I loved this book. It's a quick read, full of some very unexpected and challenging running adventures. The sort that make me think, "Oh! Maybe I'll try an ultra one day." If you're looking for a fine literary work, this is not that. But if you go in expecting a light read about running adventures, I think you'll ...more
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
My Life on the Run highlights Bart Yasso's journey in running. The book starts with his first forays into running as a way to win his father's praise, quit his alcoholism and drug addiction, and beat his brother. The story ends with his recognition as one of the most influential and powerful voices in US running.

Bart Yasso's name is well-known in the running world--if for nothing else for his Yasso 800 exercise. I've seen his name countless times in reference to the Yasso 800 and in Runner's Wor
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this 4.5 stars....I really liked it and I was sad for it to end. Bart is a great storyteller and weaves motivation into his stories seamlessly. He writes about how running saved him from a life of alcoholism and other substance abuse, although I would have liked a little more detail about his early days and struggles, as it seems he was nearly a natural runner from the get-go. At times the timeline of his life was not as clear as I would have liked and I felt he was a bit of ...more
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book at a race expo and got it signed by the authori himself. "Never limit where running can take you, Hannah" is what he wrote. This is what he wrote in everyone's book, but as you read it begins to take on a personal meaning. Bart's experience running all over the world, promoting races all over the country and accomplishing such amazing personal goals is the greatest inspiration to me, as a runner. I laughed out loud at certain parts and just paused to reflect and identify at ...more
Sten Bolander
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Borrowed from my sister-in-law, who keeps encouraging me to run...again. This book does the trick. How can one not want to get out there and pound the pavement or the trails after reading this book.

Bart is the ultimate encourager and ambassador for the running community. His experiences are captured with such wit. An easy read. Great training programs in the back for those who would like some direction. A must read for those who want to get or keep running consistently. I have done my share of
Eugene S.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My life on the run
by Bart Yasso
288 pages

Bart Yasso is a fast runner. But before that he would always get drunk. His life was ruined that time. Then Bart started to run. This made his life better. Bart ran at least one marathon on each of the seven continents. Suddenly, people could finally see that Bart was a fast runner. This is how Bart became famous. But Bart had some hard times too. His brother George died. Bart liked having George around with him. This was a sad part of Bart's life. This
Jamie Theriault
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one!
Aaron Maurer
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This was a great read. I bought this book after listening to him speak at the pasta dinner for the Quad Cities Marathon. He shared some of the stories from the book and I just had to read about his other adventures.

You are not going to gain a lot of knowledge about running strategies from this book. What you will gain is an appreciation for the running world and how cool the world really is. He has been all over and has been able to witness the true essence of the human spirit.

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