Book Review: Why I Run

I picked up a copy of Why I Run while at the expo for Ottawa Race Weekend where I also had a chance to meet the author and briefly discuss my plan for the upcoming marathon.

If you are not from Ottawa then you might not be familiar with Mark Sutcliffe. He is a radio broadcaster and writes a column on running for one of our local newspapers. He is also the founder of iRun Magazine.

I just finished reading the book tonight and I must say that I quite enjoyed it. First of all, I enjoyed the fact that the book is set up as a series of essays on a variety of issues, making for a quick read. It covers the authors experiences with running, going through some of the highs and lows.

It also covers a number of inspirational stories. There are those that many of us have heard before such as Terry Fox, Dick Hoyt and Edison Pena. The author also takes time to highlight remarkable stories of ordinary runners such as the story of a Toronto dentist who has run every day for more than 30 years and the stories of Canadian soldiers who continue to run after losing limbs while on duty in Afghanistan.

Personally I also enjoyed the introduction where the author describes how he got into running late in life, never thought he would be able to complete a marathon before he ran his first one, likes to plan his next run a day in advance and feels anxiety when he has to miss a run. The reason this resonated with me is because this description would also be an accurate description of myself.

If you are looking for a quick read that is at times humourous, inspirational and informative Why I Run is a good choice. 

In case you need another reason to buy the book, part of the proceeds are being donated to two running related charities.  Run for Research and Team in Training.

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