My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon
ISBN: 1605298271 Global Overview for this book
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"In his role as Chief Running Ambassador for Runners' World, Yasso often gave slideshows prior to the runs he attended. He was frequently asked about his book, which he didn't have. This is the book that came out of those slideshows. It's about a decade old and some of these stories came up in Runner's World Race Everything as well as in his retirement tour, but it was still a really good read. He's an amazing storyteller. My favorites: the Colorado burro race, the only sport native to Colorado; his cross country bike rides, his Reunion Island and Antarctica races. Even if you're not a runner, this is an excellent travel read as he makes the Lehigh Valley seem as interesting as Kilimanjaro. I love his decision to make the miles he had left count. "
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I liked his story of his own redemption from a hard-living lifestyle, especially as he later teaches a group of prisoners to run (although he doesn’t disclose his history to them), and the humility he shows in discussing his Lyme Disease and his decision to make every run he has left count, basically by going out in perfect conditions, doing races and pacing that he really cares about, but limiting general runs to a few miles. This must be an awful trial for someone who’s been up there doing Death Valley runs and whatnot. I like his emphasis on running as a form of therapy in his recovery, and his depth of experience means he can tell tales of running in the Boston Marathon of 1982, 50 minutes behind the epic Salazar/Beardsley battle.
But I wasn’t so personally sure about his early exhortation to “Run on the edge of death” and “Run until you puke” – not my style at all and I found that off-putting (I do realise that one has to try hard and that I don’t like pushing myself, but I don’t think this emphasis is particularly helpful), and his drip feed of attitudes to women being based around them being “cute” or not is wearing. To be fair, he is respectful of those women he lists in his running heroes section, and he’s friends with Amby Burfoot, whose own weird attitudes I detailed in my review of his book. But when, talking about his wedding, he inexplicably feels he has to mention that they’re married by a mayor, who happens to be a woman (“That makes her a mayoress” (it doesn’t)), it does grate a bit.
One other thing I did like to round up this slightly ambivalent review: under the newbie’s marathon training plan, he mentions that next time, “You can … improve either your time – or how easy your time is” (p. 230) and he does mention that the effort to do a 6-hour marathon is just as important as faster efforts, so that’s encouraging.
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