CNN correspondent Tom Foreman’s remarkable journey from half-hearted couch potato to ultra-marathon runner, with four half-marathons, three marathons, and 2,000 miles of training in between; a poignant and warm-hearted tale of parenting, overcoming the challenges of age, and quiet triumph.
I’ve been running since 2009 for the most part. My first half marathon was in March of that year and ever since I just really enjoy getting out on a road or trail and running. Some times its for distance or speed, but quite often its just for the joy of running. What I liked about this book is that it explored the ups and downs of training for a specific long distance run. Not only in the physical sense of actually running, but also as it relates to those around you. Your spouse and kids are just as impacted as your knees on a 3+ hour run. That’s time away from your kids when they may want some play time. If you’re gone for the better part of a Saturday morning and your significant other is home with the kids, thats a potential burden on them while you are out just… running.
In this book, Tom really does a great job of telling the whole story. From the very beginning you get the sense that he’s running not only for himself, but also for those he loves. His daughter was the one that sparked the interest, but it was him that carried on and pushed even further. As a husband and father of 3 kids, I could totally relate to the struggles that not only he went through, but what his family may have been experiencing while he was out. I felt like his daughters and wife genuinely wanted him to succeed. It really help cement the fact that my passion for running is shared by others out there doing the same thing.
What I also got out of this book was that its not always easy. I’ve read other books by “ultra” athletes, and most of them are in their prime. Tom was 40+ and just started out on this journey. I’m in the same boat and lets be honest, my legs, knees, feet have seen better days. Running for hours at a time isn’t necessarily making them stronger, that’s for sure. There has to be some sort of care taken to make sure that you are able to do the thing you love. Whether its recovery days or easing up and listening to the body. Tom talks about that throughout the book.
All-in-all the book was very relatable. The overall tone was that of encouragement and I would highly recommend it to anyone, whether you’re a seasoned runner or just getting started.