Challenge Series 2: 51km of 125km
This book is fully titled Run the World: My 3,500-Mile Journey Through Running Cultures Around the Globe.
Becky Wade is US college runner (which is a big thing, its a whole career by itself) who, unsure what to do after college ends, takes up a Watson Scholarship. The scholarship grants recipients money to spend one year traveling in pursuit of their projects. Becky is not only very talented in running, she really does love running A LOT, so that's her project - travel the world to experience other running cultures.
The book is interesting, because
- The subject itself is interesting. Yes, I would like to know how athletes of different nationalities and continents train, eat, think.
- Becky writes beautifully. It's easy to get caught in her narration and get lost in her excitement.
- Becky is really nice! She writes about all the things she experinces, but underneath all that Becky comes across as a genuinely nice person. I would love her to have her be my girlfriend!
At the end of the book Becky runs a local marathon (and wins). There's a mile by mile play on what she is thinking in that race. I found this fascinating - long-distance running is always a mental game and I love the peek into what goes through an elite runner's mind.
I think I really enjoyed this book also because it's a girl experience. A guy with the same project will have a different experience - the places he stays, the people he meets, and the training runs he goes to will all be vastly different.
I do hope Becky will write another book. Something more on herself and her training.