Personal Record A Love Affair with Running_Rachel Toor_2010

Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running
by Rachel Toor (Author)

Paperback: 184 pages
Publisher: Bison Books (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0803234260
ISBN-13: 978-0803234260

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Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running 简介:

Rachel Toor was a bookish egghead who ran only to catch a bus. How such an unlikely athlete became a runner of ultramarathons is the story of Personal Record, an exhilarating meditation on the making, and the minutiae, of a runner’s life. The food, the clothes, the races, the injuries, and the watch are all essential to the runner, as readers discover here, and discover why.

A chronicle of Toor’s relationship with the sport of running, from her early incarnation as an Oreo-eating couch potato to her emergence as a hard-bodied marathoner, this book explores the sport of running, the community it brings into being, and the personal satisfaction of pursuing it to its limit. An homage to running, a literary take on how an activity can turn into a passion and how a passion can become a way of life, Toor’s book runs all the way from individual achievement—a personal record—to the world of friendship and community.


Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running 评价:

"A finely written ode to the art, the trial, the lifestyle of marathon running. Toor, an experienced runner, has the ability to take you inside that niche world and make it real." Reader's Digest "An unconventional, inspirational, and loving account of running." Bill Rodgers, four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon "A book that will appeal equally to novices and experienced runners." Booklist "Rachel Toor writes the way she runs, with passion, conviction, and calculated abandon. Personal Record is a candid and revealing look at the strange allure of long-distance running, captured intimately by someone who has been down that twisted road herself, and keeps going." --Dean Karnazes, ultra-marathoner "Toor immerses the reader in the world of long-distance running, examining her bruised, muscular body, the contents of her closet, her pantry jammed with energy gels and protein bars, and her love life in the process of explaining what running means to her and describing the experiences the sport has given her." Jenny Shank, New West
About the Author
Rachel Toor teaches writing at Eastern Washington University and is a columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education and a senior writer for Running Times. She is the author of The Pig and I (available in a Bison Books edition) and Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process. A graduate of Yale University, she received an MFA from the University of Montana and currently lives in Spokane.

Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running 读者评论:

Rachel Toor is one of those over-achievers that the rest of us have a hard time relating to sometimes. This seems to be a common theme in the many personal narratives that are so popular now. Sometimes it gets difficult to read yet again about how some one takes up running, and after a few months of training, they win their first short race and then go on to qualify in their first marathon for Boston and win the most difficult ultramarathon. Don't get me wrong; Toor is a beautiful writer. Her work in the Chronicle is top-notch. I guess I wanted running to be more difficult for her. But I would certainly recommend this book to a seasoned runner who can relate but not for a beginner. Instead read works by John Bingham, whose experiences as a runner are much more common.

Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running 目录:

Toeing the Line xi
The Body 1
2 Reasons Not to Run 5
3 The Routes 9
4 One Runner’s Beginnings 13
5 The Closet 17
6 The Coach 23
7 The Magazine Rack 27
8 Ride and Ties 31
9 Weekend Mornings 39
10 The First Marathon 43
11 Speed Goggles 49
12 The Fast Young Man 53
13 Boston 61
14 Becoming a Marathoner 67
15 Racing 79
16 The Western State 85
17 Injuries 99
18 Ultras 103
19 The Watch 115
20 The Coach 119
21 The Fuel 125
22 On the Road 129
23 The Hospital 139
24 Pacing 143
25 The Break Up 149
26 The Curtain Rod 155
0 2 Getting to the Finish 159

A very good, often funny, fast-paced read. I picked this book up partially because of Rachel's work in Running Times. This book will not give you any insight on how to train better, eat better, or race better. However, all that said, it reads very quickly and gives the reader a lot of insight into many of Rachel's vast experiences. Rachel is very well respected in the running community and it's comforting to know that a lot of what goes thru her mind about running - and about life pass through my mind as well. It's nice knowing I'm not the only one out there he is a little freaky about lacing up the shoes! The book is only 165 pages and perfect for a flight if you want something light, yet somewhat introspectful, and of course entertaining! Lastly, one very interesting thing I took away from this book was about the thing that really gives her satisifaction at the end of the day. I won't tell you what it is, but it's really nice to know it gives here such honest joy!


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