- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Summersdale (2 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849532362
- ISBN-13: 978-1849532365
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict Paperback – 2 Apr 2012
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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)
'This is a wonderful and frank view of a first-time-marathoner-turned-running-addict. Phil shares the pitfalls and emotions that running a marathon for the first time evoke and how running can grab you and draw you back for more.'(Liz Yelling, Double Olympian and Commonwealth bronze medallist)
'Wry, realistic and endlessly enthusiastic. A lovely reminder both of what seductive fun marathon running can be and why I gave it up.'(Stephen Brenkley, cricket correspondent for The Independent)
'An intriguing insight into one man's marathon journey… an inspiring read for any marathoner or wannabe marathoner.'(Andi Jones, international long-distance runner)
'a beautiful description of one man's passion for the open road, powered by rock 'n' roll.'(Jo Pavey, international track and field athlete)
'The pain, perils and utter pleasure of the formidable 26.2 miles by someone who has gone every step of the way… 25 times. Warning: you will seriously want to run a marathon after reading this.'(Rosie Millard, journalist, author and broadcaster)
'Phil Hewitt's highly entertaining Keep on Running reminded me of my own marathon experiences - the inevitable suffering followed by elation at finally crossing the finishing line. It is a must-read for all runners, particularly those contemplating a marathon for the first time.'(Anna Nicholas, author and journalist)
'As a writer, Phil Hewitt never stumbles. After all, this is a book about repeatedly flogging oneself for 26.2 miles, yet never once does he repeat himself. Each chapter is a fresh discovery, an inspiring insight into what it means to be dedicated to this exacting event. It is intimate, honest, entertaining and superbly written.'(Track Stats)
'Marathon runner Phil tries to explain why he does it, as he looks back over the pleasures and pains of his addictions.'(Running Free Magazine)
'An extremely engaging read'(Sussex Life Magazine)
'Phil Hewitt's well written account of his marathon-running addiction (he's up to 25) takes us from his home town of Chichester to the concrete canyons of New York. … This is the story of a man in love with his sport. … For those of us fitting running in between job, family and everything else life has to throw at us, this is definitely a book you will make a connection with'(Men's Running)
'Keep On Running is one of the best books I've read in ages'(Gearselected.com)
'Hewitt's Keep On Running is an account of self-motivation on an heroic scale'(The Burton Mail)
'lighthearted and entertaining'(Get Into Running)
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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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read for anyone considering running a marathon - or for those already hooked!Published 7 months ago by natalie
The funniest book I've read in a while. A must for anybody who enjoys running & is always my Pre-Marathon biblePublished 9 months ago by Barry Holcombe
Got this as a present for a friend who is training for the London Marathon and she has found it really helpful, just from feeling that she is experiencing the same things as other... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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.
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 morePublished 10 months ago by Steelrider