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eBook Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running ePub

by Rachel Toor

  • ISBN: 0803260334
  • Category: Individual Sports
  • Subcategory: Outdoors Sport
  • Author: Rachel Toor
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (October 1, 2008)
  • Pages: 182
  • ePub book: 1967 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1317 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 435


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, the watch (and Toor loves her 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. Alternating with Toor’s account of becoming a runner are the stories—meditations, examinations, celebrations—of how runners become a pack. 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, this book runs all the way from individual achievement—a personal record—to the world of friendship and belonging, the community that runners inevitably find.


Whitegrove Whitegrove
... 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!
Mysterious Wrench Mysterious Wrench
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.
This book was well written, but not very inspirational. I just didn't enjoy it. I'd read something by Matt Fitzgerald or Dean Karnazes if you want something more informative or inspirational. She just annoyed me.
Unirtay Unirtay
I'm a guy and I loved this woman's writing. Toor writes about writing and life in a unique style that a veteran of foot races can only appreciate. No running library is complete without Personal Record! I have decided that my wife and I are going to find all of those medals and find a curtain rod and create a memory. I miss her column when I open Running Times and she doesn't have a piece in the issue. Rachel Toor is welcome on any of my training runs.
Steel_Blade Steel_Blade
Read her article in Running Times and decided to get her book!! Loved it!! I highly recommend it, a great read!!
Frosha Frosha
I really liked this book. I am a big fan of hers, and read all Rachel's Running Times articles. She is an excellent writer, and runners will get a lot out of this book. I know this is sort of superficial, but I put my race medals on a window curtain rod just like she did on the cover of this book. I don't know why I only give it 4 stars instead of 5, but I just read about problem of star inflation, and am trying to cut back.
Erthai Erthai
Written in a series of short chapters, some of Rachel Toor's prose is extremely fine: evocative, inviting, transmitting of the joys of running. A great read, and a great gift!
I love the way Rachel uses words and how she describes her journey through running and all the people she meets. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy this book. Her writing style is so good, the book is so fun, she is so honest.