Running Free: A Runner's Journey Back to Nature (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 5 Mar 2015
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"A joyous, eloquent and lyrical account of one man's lifelong love affair with running... Running Free is simply the prod you need to make you step off the pavement and into the wild" (Martin Love Guardian)
"Exhilarating" (Iain Finlayson The Times)
"A much needed breath of fresh air" (Alexandra Heminsley Independent)
"An escape from the stopwatch tyranny of PBs and split times, this is a reminder of how to run for sheer joy" (Runner's World)
"Intelligent, evocative, passionate and above all enjoyable" (Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday)
From the award-winning author of running classic Feet in the Clouds, Richard Askwith makes a passionate and inspiring case for runners to get back to nature.See all Product Description
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In the foreword, the book is described as “part diary of a year running through the Northamptonshire countryside, part exploration of why we love to run without limits” and those aspects of the book are indeed excellent. Richard Askwith describes his runs so eloquently that you can almost feel the mud caking your legs and smell the manure-dappled fields. As someone who has run in similar situations to those he describes, I was with him for both the elation and the discomforts (which all seem worthwhile once the run is finished).
He also describes his own progress from non-runner, through what he describes as the 'Seven Ages of Running' (I can imagine lively discussions between runners, arguing about their own interpretations of these 'ages'). How his running has affected and been affected by his family and professional life are also described and this also is both interesting and entertaining.
So, we have here a description of a running year (excellent), an account of how running has affected the author's life (excellent) and lots of anecdotes gleaned from 30 years of running (also excellent). However, the author is not just a runner, he is also a rider of hobby horses. He rides his hobby horse to do battle with what he describes as Big Running (his capitals). Most runners will know that the likes of Adidas and Nike would like to sell you more stuff than you need, and certainly more than you can afford. Also, we know that it is possible to get a lot of pleasure from running while spending very little.Read more ›
I'm fortunate that I do live (and work) out in the country, and a recent running experience might illustrate who will most appreciate this book. It was a semi-illicit lunchtime run, sneaking off without explicit indication of where I was going and what I was up to, squeezing in a quick 5 miles. I got a bit carried away with myself and an off-road track led me to speculation that I could do a loop round a few forest firebreaks: there then followed several joyous miles where I reached deep into the forest, several times up to my knees in bog, finally (after a couple of episodes where I feared I was irretrievably lost) reaching back where I had started. I got back to work with a glow and sense of satisfaction that undoubtedly improved my productivity for the rest of the day. Nothing here about times, splits, distances, just about the sheer joy of being out and behaving in a child-like manner.
This is really, at heart, what Askwith is writing about. It might have been better to have written solely about this primitive joy without putting it in comparison to other forms of running.Read more ›
In his enjoyable book which has a slightly more meandering air than the more tightly focused, `Feet in the Clouds', Askwith argues the case for a return to simply enjoying running in its basest form rather than succumbing to the demands of what he calls, `Big Running'. Whilst I agree with his philosophy to a certain degree especially when the over-commercialisation of the London Marathon and Great Run series is considered I still think there is scope to enjoy different forms of running.Read more ›
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Inspiring story of an exceptional person. I still feel jealous when I see runners but it's no longer for me (lower back problems) and I'm reduced to more leisurely long dog walks.Published 1 month ago by PGP
Like other reviewers I loved "Feet in the Clouds", in part because I rarely get the chance to run in real mountains, so reading about it was a vicarious pleasure. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew
Takes a bit of reading this one. I typical do read small amounts, so I found myself cover just a few days, perhaps a week at a time following Richard's one year's worth of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by NigelRunner
I was looking forward to this book which I borrowed from the library but glad I didn't buy it. I am about the same age as the author and I am loving running as much now as in my... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew
I liked this book and it really struck home the beauty of running for what it is; but more importantly - soaking up the beautiful countryside we have in the UK. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Having read 'Feet in the clouds', which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was expecting more from this book. Seems Askwith is scraping the barrel with this one (on my opinion) and it comes... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rob in Shropshire
Where to start....? I think this book will be remembered as "his first book was great..." then a pause, then a change of subject.... Read morePublished 8 months ago by hoppynet