Confessions of an Unlikely Runner

Sometimes, you find a book that sounds like it was written by you.

For me, Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated is that book. Also, it just happens to be the 150th book I read in 2016. (Yeah I’m a little behind on posting this review. Don’t hate.)

Dana Ayer’s description of what it’s like to be a runner had me rolling laughing.


Her insights are both accurate and honest, and paints running from a perspective not often seen: someone who is content to not be the best. She just wants to have fun, but realizes that doing things like signing up for a Ragnar relay are things normal people don’t do. Runners are weird. She accepts this.

The book is a really fast and easy read, it’s not much over 100 pages. But in those pages she covers:

  • What it’s like to run a marathon
  • The experience of a Tough Mudder
  • Running a Ragnar Relay
  • Taking part in a Relay to the Boston Marathon (the year after the bombing)
    • This is my favorite chapter
  • Cross training and one time CrossFit experience
  • Racing in general
  • And other ways to stay motivated

If you’re looking for a good running read not by a professional runner, I highly reccommend this book.


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