A funny book for serious runners.........,
This review is from: I Run, Therefore I Am--Nuts! (Kindle Edition)
This is a really funny book for serious runners at all levels.
Have you ever laughed out loudly at a stand up comic? Later, have you wondered why you found it so funny? Then the penny drops and you realise that you have been laughing at yourself; that little scene was about your behaviour, exaggerated to make a point, but about you nevertheless.
Schwartz's book did that for me. Through humour, I learnt more about myself and how I may be seen by others. I laughed aloud and got some strange looks from my wife and colleagues at work, (often when I mouthed "madness"), but knowing in my heart of hearts that the book was about me.
The writer has credibility. He must be quite an accomplished runner; Schwartz is not a "one pace fits every race runner", but a committed athlete who thinks deeply about his sport and is prepared to spend time and money on his running. Schwartz lived in Boulder, Colorado, one of the world's leading cities for runners, although it is not clear whether he moved there because of his running or for some other reason.
The book is full of anecdotes which are funny, challenging, honest and painful. My favourites were the section on injuries and the masochistic need to run through pain; the fact that training advice changes as frequently as the weather in Colorado, (and I used to work in Denver, so I should know); and the story about training with a group of runners who wanted an easy run, with the pace increasing so that the last few kilometres were like the last laps of the Olympic 10,000 metres' final. By showing the reader that he has been there, (and often got the t-shirt), I could relate to Schwartz's writing and so have an insight into my issues which may be holding me back from improving as a runner.
This is a humorous, well written book which will appeal to runners at all levels. Schwartz is so successful in holding up a mirror to you and your running colleagues' habits and beliefs. The mirror may not make us into a better runner, but it can reflect an image of us of which we might be unaware before reading the book. That self-awareness, an awareness of our strengths, weaknesses and foibles, gives us an opportunity to be better runners - just like the stand up comic who gives us a picture of ourselves and so the chance to be a better person.