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Spot on. One of the best running books i've read.,
This review is from: Run Wild (Hardcover)
It's obvious from reading all the reviews that you either get the message of this book, or you don't. If, like me, you love to get up at the crack of dawn, just get out in the hills, enjoy watching the occasional hen harriers on the moors, or a family of stoats playing in the riverside meadows, while you run...then yes, you'll get this book. Boff obviously loves running, for this enjoyment of being out in the wide open spaces, away from the masses.
However, the book is also aimed at those who run purely to get faster, or those who really don't see the point of stepping off the road or pavement because (a) they might lose valuable seconds in doing so and (b) why would anyone want to run on grass or through mud, because all that happens is that you run more slowly and get muddy brigade type of thing. And its more the pity that some of those have been so offended by the book as to give it one star and a 'shocked and disappointed' review. And why, because someone has made them question their motives?
Go out over the country for a couple of hours or so, you'll come back with less aches and pains and a bit more mud, but far more relaxed than you would if you go out on the road. I'm pleased that someone, in this case Boff has challenged the whole notion of why we run in the first place.
He offers an alternative, this is his argument, and hopefully many more will be broad-minded enough to appreciate what he has written.
I loved the book. it is well written, accessible and straight from the heart. Definately one of my favourites over the past few years. Worth every penny. Well done Boff.
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Initial post: 11 Jan 2013 13:32:30 GMT
I think most people's problem is not that they don't 'get' it, or even that they disagree with Boff's general sentiment (I, for one, love wild running), it's more that the way he writes is so incredibly narrow-minded. It's not enough for him to focus the book on why wild running is great, which we all agree with, instead he spends most of the book going on about why any other form of exercise is bad...
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