Confessions of an Unlikely Runner

Confessions of an Unlikely Runner

A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated

Non-Fiction - Sports
169 Pages
Reviewed on 03/03/2016
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Author Biography

Dana accidentally became a runner over 10 years ago and has logged a vast array of average finish times since. She is a former White House staffer, and current military reservist and communications consultant. She is also the author of the humor blog DCDana.com, where she shares her adventures in work, travel, dating, and running.


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Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite

Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated by Dana Ayers is a great read. I'm not a runner, though I used to be before life caught up with me. This work is full of anecdotal stories about the author, such as the failure of a swing set and training for races, but it's also full of humorous tips and a lot of imaginative storytelling that really brings it to life in a creative way. There are quotes at the beginning of each chapter, and each of them is really interesting and pertains to the relevant work and chapter.

A good example of this is in the chapter about cross-training. I'm sure everyone has at least a modest idea of what cross-training is all about, but the author gives us a description of various activities and how they relate in her life. She describes a cut-throat game of moon-bouncing, which is just bouncing in a bouncy house for exercise, and she even adds in a game her friends came up with where they pull the plug on a bouncy house and everyone tries to escape. This has nothing at all to do with training to be a runner, but it does make the work more entertaining and gives the author a personal and friendly quality that makes the work more engaging.

Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated by Dana Ayers isn't necessarily a training manual about how to win a marathon, but it will give you inspiration and the encouragement to enjoy life and make yourself a better person. Great little anecdotes!

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