Born to Run?

borntorunI was not born to run.  At least, if I was, I have yet to discover my inborn love for running.  And if any of my recent success can be attributed to natural talent, then it sure took a lot of work to coax said talent out.

As evidence to support the case that I Am Not (Really) a Runner, I cited the fact that I don’t read running books.  Well, my argument has just become weaker.

After I mentioned barefoot running on this blog a few months ago, several people recommended that I read Born to Run.  And then more people recommended it.  So after deciding to run a 50-miler, I figured it was time.  On Thursday night I ran out to Barnes and Noble and picked up a copy to read on a trip to Florida this weekend.

In short, I have not been able to put it down.  In two days I’ve read 160 pages of it.  To me, the fact that this book flew under my radar for so long is just another clue that I really wasn’t a runner.  But reading it, I sure feel like one.

Never have I itched to run the way I have this weekend.  As soon as we arrived at the hotel, I hit the treadmill in the gym for a quick three miles, the first since my marathon on Sunday, even pushing the last mile to 6:20 pace.  And after a quick morning run yesterday with Erin, it was all I could do not to head out for another after an hour of reading the book got me all fired up again.  I didn’t do it, thinking it would be better not to push it so soon after my marathon, but I was close.

Something has awoken in me this weekend.  Whether it’s the book that’s done it or the satisfaction of my Boston qualifier setting in, I don’t know.  How long it will last, I have no idea either.  But for the time being at least, I can’t wait to get out on the trail and put in some miles, and possibly even — gasp! — enjoy running.  And to me, this is new.



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  1. Well if this isn’t a good ad for the book, I don’t know what is….I am actually thinking about running out to B&N right now haha. Enjoy the rest of the weekend
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Long Run, Stevia Packets, Mellow Mushroom =-.

  2. What timing! Just yesterday my dad (an avid runner) was raving about this book and how excited he is about running after reading it.
    .-= Daria @ Daria Can Cook´s last blog ..Hungry with zero time to cook? =-.

  3. Glad you are enjoying the book. I have heard about it… so now I am thinking of getting too. Though… I am finding it hard to squeeze in “reading” time these days/ 🙁 Keep up the good energy!
    .-= pure2raw twins´s last blog ..Recap of how we are feeling =-.

  4. It was a fun book.

    I think you should pick up a copy of Once A Runner by John Parker – if you think you have an itch to run while reading Born to Run then you’ll really enjoy Once a Runner.
    .-= Blaine Moore´s last blog ..I’m Giving Away My Latest Coaching CD =-.

  5. I am going to track this book down at my library. I have been wanting to read a running book but not something for ‘hardcore-intense-over-the-top’ runners. I am not like that. This book sounds perfect. 🙂
    .-= Whitney @ Lettuce Love´s last blog ..Guac is Love. =-.

  6. Awesome!!! I don’t consider myself a runner…I’m slow, I don’t run far, but I do run for fitness and to challenge myself. Yesterday I ran and I caught myself smiling like an idiot halfway through mile 3, and it hit me that I just might be a runner!
    I will have to check out that book…sounds like an awesome read!
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    .-= Courtney´s last blog ..Weekend Wrap Up =-.

  7. How exciting! I’ve never heard of that book, but I’ll have to check it out. I’ve never considered myself “a runner.” But since May, I’ve been running 3-4 times a week, and loving it, and am doing my first half marathon in February!
    .-= Paige (Running Around Normal)´s last blog ..Back to the Grind =-.

  8. Interesting. I may check it out!

  9. I just finished this book, and I gotta, say I feel the same way. It’s been hugely inspiring and has definitely motivated me to become a better runner (and if you’ve read the book, you’ll know, also a better person).

    Love to hear more about your runs with the vibrams. After reading the book, I was nosing around on their site to find out more about the product and if I could actually run with those things. My boyfriend thinks I’m nuts for even considering it!

  10. I just might have to pick this book up. I love the feeling of being done with a run but getting up the motivation to get out there and then pulling in more positive thoughts to keep me going is always a challenge.

    I know when I watch the Tour De France or read any of Lance Armstrong’s books or pass a cyclist on the road, I want my bike in a big way, so I can see how this book could motivate the inner runner (If I do indeed have one).

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