The Lola Papers: Marathons, Misadventures, and How I Became a Serious Runner is an entertaining read, following author Amy Marxkors’ journey from running newbie to newfound racing success. With a coach/mentor and running buddy along for the ride, Marxkors writes about typical trials and tribulations facing most new runners. For the most part humorous, there is also quite a bit of introspection as well:
“William Wordsworth spoke of the truths imparted from the common things around us. These truths, he said, are the harvest of the quiet eye. That is the gift of running. It gives us a quiet eye, a quiet eye to find truth in the everyday.”
Ultimately, this book is about what it means to be a runner. How fortunate we are to be able to participate in this activity. How it’s a time not just for physical exercise, but time to think, to relax, to reset our internal clocks. ”I had forgotten that running is a privilege, not a chore…Simple was better. Simple is how running is supposed to be.” Definitely a worthwhile read and a good addition to your running book library.
About the Author: Amy L. Marxkors grew up in the rural outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, a precocious youngster who spent her days climbing trees, building forts in the woods, and reading Nancy Drew books. Always the optimist, Amy had no doubt she would one day discover a hidden talent that would land her in the Olympics or the encyclopedia. In 2007, Amy began working for FLEET FEET Sports, a specialty running store. It was during her tenure at FLEET FEET that Amy fell headfirst into the world of competitive distance running. She has since logged thousands of miles and committed herself to one day running a sub-three-hour marathon. Amy would still like to go to the Olympics. And the encyclopedia wouldn’t be so bad either. Follow her on Twitter!
Disclaimer: This product was advanced to me for review purposes, courtesy of Breakaway Books. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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