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Monday, January 27, 2014

Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a Time

Running Ransom Road: Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a TimeRunning Ransom Road: Confronting the Past, One Marathon at a Time by Caleb Daniloff

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No longer do I run from my demons, but run with them. We pace each other, the past and me. And some days, I go faster.

That statement was made in the prologue of this memoir, I realized then I'd enjoy this book.

I won't pretend or act like I know what it's like to go through the things Caleb went through before writing this book. I will acknowledge though, that I have a few demons that I still need to deal with. They're just not the same as Caleb's demons of drugs and alcohol. The book chronicles his ups and downs as he runs races in locations that are central to his destructive past and how he essentially used running as one of his main recovery tools. During the different chapters he recounts his bad deeds in the town he's running through, some of the stories are raw. He holds nothing back and let's everyone see the vulnerable bits of his former life.

I think my favorite chapter was when he was recounting the Marine Corp Marathon, where he finally realized that he focused too much on the numbers and let it go. He ended up finishing shortly after his goal time and he was ok with it, something he wasn't able to accept before.

This book made me realize how much I've missed running regularly due to the cold weather and snow we've had this winter. I can't wait for the spring.

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