Book Reviews

Reviews of books on running, marathon, training etc

Reborn on the Run-book review

    Book Review Title: Reborn on the Run Author : Catra Corbett Genre: Memoir There are times in life when you stumble upon things by accident and that turns out to be a much needed dose of inspiration. I stumbled upon this book at a trail running event last month. It’s a memoir by Catra Corbett- an ultra-runner and the first American woman to run 100 miles or more on more than several occasions. She is also the first…

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‘Let’s race Daddy!’: A heart-warming journey

 Publisher:Serene Publishers Price: Rs 150 “Let’s race Daddy! – The title immediately caught my attention. It was a post shared by a fellow runner on the Mumbai Road runners’ Facebook page.  I glanced at the book cover with interest. It was an image of a father-daughter duo running side by side wearing toothy grins on their faces. This reminded me of the father-daughter bond that my 2 and a half year old daughter – Samara shared with her father cum…

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‘#They INSpire’: A marathon read of extraordinary souls

Every person certainly has a story behind them which can often be crafted into a book or a movie. It especially turns into an enthralling one when the protagonist has battled several odds and resurfaced with a new identity altogether. It’s a sort of metamorphosis on a physical, emotional and psychological level which makes it seem like a reincarnation during the same lifetime.  It thereby results in a journey by itself, enough to intrigue and inspire other fellow humans to…

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‘Unstoppable’: A running related book about defying odds to run miles

I was first introduced to Mr. Venkatraman Pichumani on Jan 8th 2016 at the SCMM expo by a friend-Vikas Sharma, who had one of his stalls of his company, Dr. Cool there. I found Mr Pichumani to be an extremely warm and unassuming person. Little did I realize that there existed a story behind this nice demeanour just like the ones that prevailed in every runner’s life, only this one being a little appalling and awe-inspiring. My second meeting with…

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Marathons: Reborn to Run

Just finished reading “Reborn to Run” by Anand Anantharaman, it narrates his marathon running experience in all the seven continents and also the North Pole all that after suffering a coronary heart disease. Anand has beautifully juxtaposed legends about the places that he has run with his running exploits and he has run on some exotic locales around the world such as Siberia, Great Australian Outback, Galapagos, Athens, Borneo, Great Wall and of course the North Pole and Antartica. The…

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Paths of Glory

As the Everest climbing season begins, I am posting here a review of a book which i had read a couple of years ago. Since running is as much an endurance sport as mountaineering which is the ultimate endurance test of all time, especially climbing the Himalayas, i am taking this liberty of posting the book review of “Paths of Glory”. This book is about the story of George Mallory, who is perhaps the first ever person to climb the…

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Why we Run?

Just finished reading a fascinating book “Why we Run” by Bernd Heimrich. Biologist, award-winning nature writer and ultramarathoner Bernd Heimrich explores the anthropological, biological and psychological side of ultraendurance and dovetails the narrative with his own running efforts including running and winning an ultra-marathon 100 kms event – lots of insights into the sport of long distance running. Must read for all long distance runners.

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Turbaned Tornado

This book “Turbaned Tornado” is a biography of the famous Indian marathoner who ran a marathon at 100 years, Fauja Singh. The writer Kushwant Singh is not the same famous Indian journalist and writer of the same name. It is a nice narrative of the early life of Fauja Singh, how he travelled to London after the death of his loving wife and started running marathons at the age of 89 when most of us would rather be more comfortable…

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Running on Empty

Just finished reading Marshall Ulrich’s book “Running on Empty” – his story of love, loss and a record setting run across America. This guy is a true ultra marathoner nut in the sense that he has incredible feats under his belt like finishing Badwater Marathon 18 times, winning it four times, and then doing the Badwater route solo i.e. without any team, but only with all his supplies in a cart that weighed 200 pounds, Badwater Quad which is like…

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Ultra-Marathon Man

Just finished reading “Ultra Marathon Man – Confessions of an All-Night Runner” by Dean Karnazes – an absorbing and overwhelming story of his early athletic prowess, loss of his sister to accident, his subsequent forays away from running for 15 years and rediscovery of running to running ultra marathons to running crazy distances and impossible feats like running the south pole marathon, running 199 miles non stop etc. His heroic attempt at running the Western States 100 miler and succeeding…

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