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This book reads more like a series of blog posts. It's motivating to read about the author overcoming her fears and life challenges and training hard to improve her race times. I felt however that the book was kind of abbreviated and lacked detail and emotion. The author tried to be vulnerable and expose her struggles and pain, but it didn't full come out in the book. I'd like to see more about her career, how she really felt in different moments: after the tragedy stoke and after completing her marathons. What did it mean to her?
Nevertheless, I felt motivated to train harder, be more consistent and enjoy running in the rain!
This book would not have transpired to the author as the author quotes in a different context at the end of the book, “The end of something is merely the beginning of something else.” The book which talks about authors emergence as a runner had its beginning not out of passion but out of intense pain.
Very touchingly portrayed in chapter 2, each word brings about the helplessness, trauma, agony experienced by the author when the cruel hands of destiny shook hands with her. Some sentences were so profound like, “Time passed by but life was at a standstill……the support we received from friends and family was overwhelming and unflinching, but who could put the pieces back together?......A support system remains merely that, until there is motivation to move forward from within.”
After any traumatic personal life-event, a catharsis is usually needed. Some find it in music, some find it art, and for the author as she grieved for her great personal loss, found her catharsis in the warmth of running where the pent up emotions found their way out to the ethers. Thankfully she could come out of it as she says, “I had to what I had to do…..Instead of coping with life, we began to live our lives. The pain of absence has been converted into the joy of remembrance.”
I felt the authors emergence as a runner is due to the grit, determination, perseverance and discipline and has shown the world the person she is today.
It’s a small book could be finished in one sitting. The writing style is unique and I loved it. Interspacing her life story and her running story while relating the SCMM 2014. Nice one, and I would love to use it in my writing style.
Good work, worth reading. Hats off to the courageous spirit of Parul Sheth.
The writer's personal journey is an inspiring one. The book if anything is a compilation of her blog posts. But there is a seamless narrative that binds it all. Being a long distance runner, I was able to relate to a better part of a runner's philosophy. Really insightful.
Being a fairly new runner in Mumbai, its great to read about another experience of the same roads and routes for our runs. Parul is an inspirational runner for main in Mumbai's running community. A must read!
A very personal account of someone who comes out a winner. I would recommend it to anybody who is going through a difficult time or wants to change a few things in their lives. Though it is about running the lessons can be applied to all aspects of life. Well written and inspiring!