The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion by Catriona Menzies-Pike

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Thirty-year-old Catriona Menzies-Pike defined herself in many ways: voracious reader, pub crawler, feminist, backpacker, and, since her parents' deaths a decade earlier, orphan. "Runner" was nowhere near the list. Yet when she began training for a half marathon on a whim, she found herself an instant convert. Soon she realized that running, "a pace suited to the precarious labor of memory," was helping her to grieve the loss of her parents in ways that she had been, for ten messy years, running away from.

As Catriona excavates her own past, she also grows curious about other women drawn to running. What she finds is a history of repression and denial running was thought to endanger childbearing, and as late as 1967 the organizer of the Boston Marathon tried to drag a woman off the course, telling her to "get the hell out of my race" but also of incredible courage and achievement. As she brings to life the stories of pioneering athletes and analyzes the figure of the woman runner in pop culture, literature, and myth, she comes to the heart of why she's running, and why any of us do."

Title : The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion
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ISBN : 1524759449
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


LauraBeth rated it ★★★★★

May 24, 2017

The Long Run sprints ahead of other books that I’ve read about running (which have been a lot). First of all – this is one of the only books that I’ve read about running that is female-centric – but not in the way that one might expect. Instead of being a shallow book of Pinterest self-help quote...

Heather rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2017

The author combines women’s history of running with he personal experience to create an interesting and informative look at the sport. The author includes her love of reading and literary references throughout the narrative. I am not a runner but enjoyed the book, especially the history.

Melissa rated it ★★★★☆

April 01, 2017

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. Wow wow wow... I don't think I even read the description when requesting this one from Netgalley. "LONG RUN" jumped out at me loud and clear. I knew it had to be about running, and as a runner (albe...

Dusty rated it ★★★★★

July 17, 2017

I picked up this book expecting a little about running and a lot about Catriona's life and loss. What I got was so much more. Amongst the history of women in running and the origin of the modern marathon Catriona manages to weave stories about her life in a light that speaks to the people around...

Helen rated it ★★★★★

May 02, 2016

Loved this book! Was able to relate to as I have taken part in most of the Sydney runs that Catriona has run and described. Not a book I would usually read, I found the intermingling of historical and feminist perspectives fascinating. Being a Sydney girl, I took great pleasure in reading about t...

Madeleine rated it ★★★★☆

July 17, 2017

Not long before reading this book, I read Jen A. Miller's memoir, Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport, which is also about a young woman discovering how empowering and healing marathon running can be. Both books are welcome additions to the tiny pile of female-...

Ms. rated it ★★★☆☆

March 27, 2017

E ARC from This book is an odd combination of memoir and history. The memoir isn't anything new-- while the author mentions that she has read a lot of running memoirs that didn't speak to her experience as a reluctant runner, most of the memoirs I have read are much like this. The ru...

Niki rated it ★★★☆☆

May 30, 2017

An interesting female-centric view on the topic of running, both as a pastime and a competitive endeavor. The author, a self-proclaimed reluctant runner, delves into a little bit of everything - culture, literature, history, feminism - to navigate her own (mis) adventures with running. The materi...

Kaitlyn rated it ★★★☆☆

August 02, 2017

* I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I liked this memoir, but the placement of certain portions felt scattered and disorganized. I enjoyed the focus on the history of women's running, and the lack of documentation of that history. It did make me excited for my evening run, so that...

Amber rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 01, 2017

I got an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. This book took me too long to finish. I think her writing style is good, very honest and conversational, which I like. But this book is more a combination of nonfiction essays about women running throughout history with a li...

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