I had high expectations of this book. In order to run a marathon every day for fifty consecutive days someone would have to be super human. An endurance feat of that magnitude must be the equivalent of a religious experience. I thought that this book would be full of life changing information.
It was actually really boring.
I guess I can’t blame the guy. He spent all of his time either running a marathon or traveling to another one. Not exactly plot oriented.
What really turned me off from this book was that after Dean ran his final marathon he did not go straight to rejoin his family. He took off on a solo running trip towards home. If I was his wife, I would have been furious. He was away from his family for almost two months, and then he proceeded to spend even more time away.
Anyways although this book does not rank among my favorites there were a few gems that I thought were worth sharing.
“The difference between a runner and a jogger is that a jogger still has control over his life.”
“Running is more than a good way to lose weight. It’s a cure for depression and a potential path to personal growth and self-fulfilment.”
“The marathon mercilessly rips off the outer layers of our defenses and leaves the raw human, vulnerable and naked. It is here you get an honest look into the soul of an individual. Every insecurity and character flaw is on display for all the world to see.”
“Don’t we spend enough of our lives doubting ourselves, thinking we’re not good enough, not strong enough, not made of the right stuff? The marathon gives you the opportunity to tackle these doubts head on. It has a way of deconstructing your very essence, stripping away all of your protective barriers and exposing your inner soul.”