Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running

By: Toor, Rachel

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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.

Title: Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running

Author Name: Toor, Rachel

Categories: Other,

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press:

ISBN Number: 0803260334

ISBN Number 13: 9780803260337

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0803260334Z2

Description: 0803260334 Crisp, clean, unread hardcover with light shelfwear to the dust jacket and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!