I may need to stop reading books about ultra marathoners, least I find myself suddenly registered for one and completely unprepared physically! However, each one goes in to these beautiful details about the runners connection to nature and my whole body seems to react viscerally with a shout of “YES!”
This one however is not an instructional book like Running on Air, a true life story like Eat & Run, or what tips can I learn to improve my own running as with Running with the Kenyans. What is it then?
A novel about a runner. Race Across the Sky by Derek Sherman is a fictional story, that you will frequently find yourself wondering if it’s true! I totally found myself Googling a few names while reading the book to decide if perhaps this strange tribe of Ultra marathon runners that he describes really do exist!
The novel follows the tale of two brothers who are leading lives at opposite ends of the spectrum. One focused on corporate living and the other so far off the grid he’s almost a ghost. As runners we might expect the book to glorify the runner living off the grid and vilify “the man”, but instead it makes you truly wonder about both paths and get ready to explore what lengths you would be willing to go to for family.
“Attack the body and it will attack back.” This statement in the book really hit home with me not only as a runner, but as someone who has been on my own journey to find better health over the last few years…when is medicine the answer and when is lifestyle the answer?? Just another of the questions you’ll find yourself asking throughout this novel.