Friday, June 27, 2014

Running Away: a memoir

Running Away: A MemoirRunning Away: A Memoir by Robert Andrew Powell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I love stories on people's journey into running & hearing about their experiences in races. So I was excited to give this book a go. I just didn't get into this one.
This was the story of Robert & his life after his divorce, finding his living arrangements in Hotels & without a job. He decides to try something his own father did at his late years in his life. Take up running. Except his father qualified for Boston on his first marathon out & then finished Boston in an amazing time. A true natural.
Robert decides to try the same, moving from Miami & going to Boulder, Colorado.
The book documents the whole thing, the people he meets, the people that train him, all the way through is qualifying Boston race - his first marathon. But the book just kept traveling back & going through the past & this book seemed more like a therapy book about the relationship he had with his father more then anything else. Everything was a comparison, an attitude of being better then his father, how his father seemed to think of his son as worthless & this was just a point to prove to his dad.
I actually got so bored with it at one point, I skipped like 10 chapters & STILL didn't feel like I missed anything - the next chapter started with the same feel.
I will say, I did enjoy the chapter on his marathon he ran...but even that, his father being at the race & at the finish line, & the voice of his dad he heard in his head...
yeah, more of a therapy book then a running book.

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