Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running

Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running From elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade comes the story of her year long exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia nine countries,host families, and over , miles of running investigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to the success of runners all over the worldFresh off a successful collegiate running career with multiple NCAA All American honors and two Olympic Trials qualifying marks to her name Becky Wade was no stranger to international competition But after years spent safely sticking to the training methods she knew, Becky was curious about how her counterparts in other countries approached the sport to which she d dedicated over half of her life So in , as a recipient of the Watson Fellowship, she packed four pairs of running shoes, cleared her schedule for the year, and took off on a journey to infiltrate diverse running communities around the world What she encountered far exceeded her expectations and changed her outlook into the sport she lovedOver the nextmonths visitingcountries with unique and storied running histories, logging over , miles running over trails, tracks, sidewalks, and dirt roads Becky explored the varied approaches of runners across the globe Whether riding shotgun around the streets of London with Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt, climbing for an hour at daybreak to the top of Ethiopia s Mount Entoto just to start her daily run, or getting lost jogging through the bustling streets of Tokyo, Becky s unexpected adventures, keen insights, and landscape descriptions take the reader into the heartbeat of distance running around the worldUpon her return to the United States, she incorporated elements of the training styles she d sampled into her own program, and her competitive career skyrocketed When she made her marathon debut in , winning the race in a blazing, she became the third fastest woman marathoner under the age ofin US history, qualifying for theOlympic Trials and landing a professional sponsorship from Asics From the feel based approach to running that she learned from the Kenyans, to the grueling uphill workouts she adopted from the Swiss, to the injury recovery methods she learned from the Japanese, Becky shares the secrets to success from runners and coaches around the world The story of one athlete s fascinating journey, Run the World is also a call to change the way we approach the world s most natural and inclusive sport Absolutely loved this book Becky Wade s zest for life comes out right on page one And we see it again and again throughout the book Runners will of course be inspired by her adventures, but the life lessons this young woman learns, and then shares with her readers, is something that everyone should appreciate Take heed, this is a woman we will hear from again I enjoyed listening to Becky s adventures around the world Packed with tales of running, food, friendship and different ways of training it shows that there is not the one and only right training approach In every country she finds a different training and nutrition style and later on uses a mixture of her experiences in her own running career.I loved travelling to the different countries with Becky and especially the recipes she added from each. I was super excited to read this book because the concept of it is one that I am personally interested in Combining the loves of traveling and running is right up my alley, so I was looking forward very much to this book There were certain parts that were interesting, particularly the recipes from each country, however, I found the entire thing as a whole to be very bland I was expecting someepic adventures rather than the author just describing what a running trail in Switzerland looks I was super excited to read this book because the concept of it is one that I am personally interested in Combining the loves of traveling and running is right up my alley, so I was looking forward very much to this book There were certain parts that were interesting, particularly the recipes from each country, however, I found the entire thing as a whole to be very bland I was expecting someepic adventures rather than the author just describing what a running trail in Switzerland looks like If you are looking for an adventure running book I would stick with something like Running with the Kenyas or Out There or literally almost any other running book Nicely, done, Becky Wade Run on and keep telling your tale.What a gratifying, entertaining, captivating, and, ultimately happy little book Running, travel, food, culture, relationships, history and, get this, higher education What s not to like Faced with an incredible, epic, and well researched and, frankly, creative and daunting opportunity, the young, intrepid, curious, and, quite simply, brave author embarks upon a round the world adventure, running her way across contine Nicely, done, Becky Wade Run on and keep telling your tale.What a gratifying, entertaining, captivating, and, ultimately happy little book Running, travel, food, culture, relationships, history and, get this, higher education What s not to like Faced with an incredible, epic, and well researched and, frankly, creative and daunting opportunity, the young, intrepid, curious, and, quite simply, brave author embarks upon a round the world adventure, running her way across continents, over ever changing obstacles, through the doors of organizations, clubs, cultures, and homes, and, almost immediately, into your heart The author chronicles her experiences in an efficient, clear, and honest voice, and it s difficult not to like and, of course, respect her, while applauding her efforts and rooting for her future success.No doubt, the book isn t for everyone, and much of its appeal is that it brings so many things together The total package is remarkable, even if it doesn t fit neatly into a discrete genre or space on your running or travel bookshelf There s no shame in admitting that it s not Parker s cult classic, Once A Runner the author s personal journey can t compare to Lomong s inspirational travails in Running for My Life and, alas, she doesn t claim to make the kind of history that captivated the world as told by Bascomb in The Perfect Mile But that s OK Wade s quest, her story, and her telling work, and in its own special way, the book is, well, beautiful I m glad she wrote it, and I m glad I found it and read it.Author s disclaimer the book appeared on my radar because the author graduated from Rice University, and a unique, generous, and quirky post graduation scholar fellowship made her extraordinary experience and, of course this book, possible It s impossible to read this book and not be impressed by the kind of student that Rice attracts, the educational and developmental experience it offers to students on campus, the doors it opens to its alums, etc As a Rice graduate from another era OK, a number of years before the author was born I was reminded of the many talented students and professors I met there and remain proud to be associated with such a rich tradition.Again, well done, Becky Wade I hope we have the opportunity to hearfrom you in the future

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