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Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict [Kindle Edition]

Phil Hewitt
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Book Description

"Marathons make you miserable, but they also give you the most unlikely and the most indescribable pleasures. It’s a world that I love – a world unlocked when you dress up in lycra, put plasters on your nipples and run 26.2 miles in the company of upwards of 30,000 complete strangers."

Phil Hewitt, who has completed over 20 marathons in conditions ranging from blistering heat to snow and ice, in locations from Berlin to New York, sets a cracking pace in this light-hearted account of his adventures on the road. This story of an ordinary guy’s addiction to running marathons looks at the highs and lows, the motivation that keeps you going when your body is crying out to stop, and tries to answer the ultimate question, ‘Why do you do it?’

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'A charismatic, charming, funny - and, above all, thoughtful - memoir about running, motivation, ambition. Perfect, not just for those who do run - or intend to run - a marathon, but for the hundreds and thousands of us who venture out from time to time to run just a mile or two ... A complete delight.' --Kate Mosse

About the Author

Phil Hewitt is group arts editor for Sussex Group Newspapers. His books include Chichester Remembered, Chichester: Then and Now, Gosport: Then and Now and Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict (ISBN: 978 1 84953 236 5).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1299 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd (13 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A runner's must-read 7 April 2012
By Alison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With my first marathon coming up in 2 weeks time (the London Marathon 2012) I had this book on pre-order when I saw it was coming out, hoping it would bring me inspiration!

I've just finished reading it today and I think it is a great read for all marathon runners and aspiring marathon runners! I really enjoyed reading about the ups and downs of Phil Hewitt's 23 marathons around the world. He talks frankly about his awful marathons and inspirationally about his great ones. He really gives an insight into what can be experienced over 26.2 miles and before and after a marathon. There are some photographs on the inside front and back covers (8 in total) and I would have liked to have seen more, but it's not a big issue. He has been to a number of big city marathons but he's also done more unusual and smaller marathons which are really interesting to read about.

It's an easy and enjoyable read that I'm sure would appeal to all runners. If you're not already signed up to run a marathon then this book will make you want to, even after reading about Phil's worst experiences! Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marathoner's page turner 13 Jan. 2013
This was such a well written, page turner of a book that it is an essential read for experienced and would be marathon runners alike. I have run 50 marathons and ultra marathons, home and abroad and the author captures the absolute essence of why we do it again and again. I have read as many running related books and this one is right up there for me. Phil brilliantly captures all the high's and low's, effortlessly weaving real life and all it's distraction's into the training and the race's.
Running a marathon is the end product of months of training, which often impacts negatively on family life and which takes a great deal of commitment. One of the reviewers above complained that the author mentioned his wife too much. I totally identified with Phil and why he did so. For those of us like him with a family, we need their help, support and to be honest, permission to race after race, to leave the house to go on training run's at all hours and to go abroad mostly without them to run around 26 plus miles of foreign ground. I so very much identified with everything that he went through, which was all down to just how well he links together all of the elements of what goes into marathon running.
This is much more than just a book about running although it's primary purpose of course is to share Phil's running experiences. The rather harsh review above just does not relate in anyway, shape of form to my reading of this book. It is so far off the mark, that even in objective term's I find it very difficult to connect it to this book. There is an effortless flow throughout, with the difficult times being as compelling as the good times. Any runner knows that there are days and races when we are on fire and days when we are not. The down days and run's are inevitable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I myself am a long-distance runner for my sins, and I'll gladly order away on any book with decent reviews on amazon, without really worrying about the content of the reviews.

This book started so promisingly, with the writer getting in to running from a non-sport background, developing and learning about his training, and working towards a race day. The quote 'split open a runner and you will find a solid core of stubbornness' was superb.

Sadly though, after he's prostituted his results, times and relative positions a few times, you rapidly tire of the format of the book.

The second half is more deserved to an online blog which no one will read - His performances are mixed, his preparation mixed, and his self congratulation while listing people he finished ahead of, along with quite anal percentages is quite frankly dull. He isn't setting the world on fire, and it's just quite boring really.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opener to a non-runner 9 May 2012
If you'll excuse the pun, I "raced" through this book, I enjoyed it so much. I think the title truly sums it up - you feel the ecstasy of the author's highs and the pain and misery of his lows.

I particularly enjoyed the build up to each marathon, getting an understanding of the commitment that's required. It was also interesting to read how the runners aim for that all-important PB. And I didn't realise that the beginning of each marathon could be quite so messy!

Although more of an armchair athlete myself, it has encouraged me to look into taking up running. A recommended read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired reading for any runner! 29 Jan. 2013
After entering the London Marathon 2013 I was looking for a book that would give me some insight into a marathon runners life - after all they balance work,children, social lives and STILL manage to run a silly amount of miles!

This book gives you everything - the highs and the lows of marathon running. The tips and advice that is contained in it's pages are beyond priceless as it's all bundled into a great humorous read that will have you turning pages faster than you know!

I can honestly say that reading this book gave me everything I was looking for and more! The build up to each marathon and the race's themselves are given in good detail (but not too much!) which rapidly gives you that desire to grab your trainers and get out the door for a run.

Well recommended to anyone - even non-runners who just want a great read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Smug, smug, smug
Don't buy this book if you're looking for an insight into marathon running. Do buy it if you want to read about someone who is incredibly smug.
I hate it with a passion.
Published 7 days ago by Mr. G. Macmillan
4.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive and well-written
I enjoyed this book. It's not a training guide; it's a well written, honest and perceptive account of the author's marathon running exploits, and I think most of us who do this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steelrider
5.0 out of 5 stars inspired
present for my daughter and she loves it
Published 1 month ago by Muriel
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner for all of the runners, specially ...
A page turner for all of the runners, specially those who have already completed at least one marathon, but highly motivating for those just fantasizing about it!
Published 1 month ago by Telmo Fernandes
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting -- but don't copy how he trains
It's good. He hits on all of the thoughts that go through your head, all the bargains you make with yourself and all the half-cocked calculations you make as you readjust your... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel O'Connor
4.0 out of 5 stars ... about the marathons he's run and why he either liked or loathed...
does what it says on the tin - tells you about the marathons he's run and why he either liked or loathed them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gwineas8
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what your first marathon is like to both run and train for...
Exactly what your first marathon is like to both run and train for from complete beginner to end,even out times were approx the same. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 2 months ago by Drakey
5.0 out of 5 stars great gift
Was a present - arrived quickly - thanks
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Medal-Winning Performance!
This is a real page-turner for runners and non-runners alike.
It's miles better than 'Born to Run' or 'Why We Run'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eric Baxter
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