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Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.
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Jul 03, 2011

it was amazing

I've read this novel twice because it's a wonderful book about serious running. At times Parker gets bogged down in sophomoric plot points about campus life, but it is peppered with tremendous passages that seem to really capture the essence of why running can be so consuming. Few books have given me such motivation, and Once a Runner has the effect of making me want to run a hundred miles a week, plain and simple. Many people have tried to explain why they run, and Quenton Cassidy muses on it multiple times through the course of the novel; the tacit conclusion is that it doesn't matter which of the myriad reasons one may espouse at a given time- only fellow gladiators who have been through the trials of miles, the miles of trials can really understand.
Uplifting, funny, and exciting for anyone who can relate. In other words, if on page one you can relate to Cassidy's dismissal of joggers of 'various ages and levels of dilapidation,' this is the ultimate novel on running.

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