The Long Run

The Long Run

A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion

Book - 2017 | First American edition.
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Thirty-year-old Catriona Menzies-Pike defined herself in many ways- voracious reader, pub crawler, feminist, backpacker, and, since her parents' deaths a decade earlier, orphan. "Runner" was nowhere near the list. Yet when she began training for a half marathon on a whim, she found herself an instant convert. Soon she realized that running, "a pace suited to the precarious labor of memory," was helping her to grieve the loss of her parents in ways that she had been, for ten messy years, running away from. As Catriona excavates her own past, she also grows curious about other women drawn to running. What she finds is a history of repression and denial-running was thought to endanger childbearing, and as late as 1967 the organizer of the Boston Marathon tried to drag a woman off the course, telling her to "get the hell out of my race"-but also of incredible courage and achievement. As she brings to life the stories of pioneering athletes and analyzes the figure of the woman runner in pop culture, literature, and myth, she comes to the heart of why she's running, and why any of us do.
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2017.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781524759445
Branch Call Number: 796.42082092 Menzi
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 22 cm


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Lovestoread5 Mar 12, 2019

I read this for the Adult Reading Challenge - I wasn't looking forward to reading a sports book; but this book I really enjoyed! There's clever writing, humorous at times and the author gives short in depth history behind running - why women were not allowed to run, and what happened when the rebelled and did anyway. There's historical facts of women and running from ancient times, too. Great relational information on the authors thoughts of running. For example, I like how she admits that she was, "suckered by marathon magic for a while," but finally realizes that her contentment with gentle running is just as satisfactory and acceptable than comparing herself to high performance runners (218). Terrific scenic descriptions of locals she runs on page 221 - one feels like they're running alongside her in such beauty of nature!

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