Born to run – F yes. As the title of the book by Chris McDougall, I’m sold. Born to run, of course we are.
I was given Chris’s book by my brother-in-law Enge (real name Charles Engebretsen, infectiously likeable, and seemingly indefatigable good egg, perhaps by way of his strong Norwegian & Scots lineage) during a low point – my birthday, January 2011.
I was suffering badly from my groin strain, shin splints, and worst of all self doubt! My park run times were slowing, and my resolve was at a low ebb. But by Blind Io, didn’t Chris McDougall, Scott Jurek, Bonehead et al, give me pause for thought, and then some grit!
Give the book a chance if you can use the runner’s editorial equivalent of a kick up the backside! I did, and it happily saw me through to the Deerstalker 2011, despite being me being heavier, slower, and in more pain than previous years.
For the record, I achieved my fastest time to date (and I still felt like I hadn’t given it my all).
That gift of a book has now been gifted to another (as all good books should!!!). But now, ‘Born to run’ as a concept seems distant, with my average time (this week) of 10 minutes for a 400m loop.
But I’m reading another inspiring book as I recuperate from my op. Can’t swim, ride, run by Andy Holgate is a tale of good guy to super guy. It might not be as accomplished as some other look-at-me autobiographes, but hey, he wrote it himself and he justifies every paragraph. If the ‘H’ in H&J stands for ‘Heart’ , then the Mr Holgate is typographically unquestionable.
(Andy, I haven’t finished it yet, so hope you’ve got a good ending in store. I’m just starting Chapter 12 & keeping my fingers crossed.)
Next on the list is either the book of ‘100 best Munroes‘ (purchased & ready to break the spine), or a book recommended by Gavin (top trainer and all round good guy at DL Renfrew), ‘Feet in the clouds‘, which I’ve yet to track down.
So I suppose I’m going to have to let my fingers do the walking for now. Tell you what though, I still get to turn a corner every night! Goodnight all.